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NVIDIA today issued a press release confirming its Tegra technology will be used in the soon-to-be released Zune HD

The Microsoft Zune HD, which will launch on September 15 and is available now for pre-order, is powered by the NVIDIA Tegra processor, NVIDIA confirmed today in a press release.

"Tegra provides the multimedia muscle in Zune HD," according to Michael Rayfield, NVIDIA mobile business GM.  "Users will love the device's new design, amazing multimedia features and HD video out capability.  Zune HD is a must-have for anyone looking for the best portable digital media player on the market."

The NVIDIA Tegra has eight independent processors, including an HD video processor, graphics processor, audio processor, and two ARM cores.  The hardware will help power video and audio for the device, which has a 3.3-inch OLED color display and supports up to 33 hours of music and 8.5 hours of video use.

It was widely believed the Zune HD would be powered by NVIDIA hardware, but today marks the first time NVIDIA or Microsoft publicly discussed the use of Tegra technology.

The latest Zune will be available with the 16GB version ($219.99) and 32 GB ($289.99), and is available in five colors, though only two colors are available in the pre-order.

Despite being compared continually to the popular Apple iPod -- which controls the MP3 player market -- Microsoft continues to state it is pleased with overall Zune sales.

"Today we're happy with the number of devices we've sold, and as we've said before, for Zune it's about the longer-term strategy and the multi-year vision for this business," a Microsoft official told CDFreaks last month.  “Increasingly, Zune’s focus is on areas where it is differentiating against the competition, such as the Zune Pass subscription service, which gives users access to millions of songs for the price of one CD a month and lets them keep 10 tracks a month to add to their permanent collection.”

Microsoft will likely take a similar approach with the Zune HD, but the company understands comparisons with the iPod Touch will continue.

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RE: nice
By InvertMe on 8/17/2009 9:08:15 PM , Rating: 3
Negativity around Vista is typically from people who don't know any better. Or who used NVida cards for the first year.... But I won't get into that.

RE: nice
By knutjb on 8/18/2009 2:42:13 PM , Rating: 2
My daughter has preferred Zune over iPods for some time. She had friends with both and played with them. She didn't like the iPod. The iPod isn't perfect and was way over priced and I hated having iTunes, it wanted to download stuff I didn't want at every update.

The only problems I had with Vista, first was early ATI drivers that only caused problems in games and was for a couple of months when SP1 came out, and the rest turned out to be caused by Norton AV, once I switched to G Data those minor annoyances, mostly with my wireless adapter, went away. It's operated without a glitch, I can't say that about my inlaws iMac it's pretty flaky. There were too many websites I needed to access that didn't like Safari. It wasn't mine to tinker with.

RE: nice
By Helbore on 8/18/2009 4:10:10 PM , Rating: 3
I had Vista and used an Nvidia card in the first year. Yes, it was rubbish.

Fortunately, I'm not so stupid as to blame Microsoft for something that was Nvidia's fault. Unfortunately, I also seemed to be in a minority.

Aside from that, never had an issue with Vista. In fact, the ONLY issue I've really had with Vista is that I work in IT and idiot end-users can't get their heads round it not looking just like XP (I even had one guy fail to understand what the "start button" was on Vista, because it didn't have start written on it - but he did have a terminal case of moronitis)

"Vista runs on Atom ... It's just no one uses it". -- Intel CEO Paul Otellini

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