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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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By 3minence on 8/19/2009 9:45:31 AM , Rating: 1
Vista had 3 problems:

1. Poor drivers. This was the biggest problem and it was NOT an MS problem. MS made development copies of Vista available long before release. The hardware manufacturers, especially ATI & Nvidia, sat on their butts. Many companies wanted to upgrade to Vista but when they saw the list of hardware and software they would have to replace they declined to proceed.

2. Office 2007. Many people got Office 2007 with Vista. They ended up hating the Ribbon Bar and and blamed Vista for that. I had a number of clients demand I put XP & Office 2003 back on their PCs because they hated the Office Ribbon Bar.

3. Vista had problems. It was slower than XP on the same hardware, it had bugs, and it didn't offer any killer reason to upgrade. It was more secure, but you still needed Anti-Virus, Anti-Spam, etc. This was MSs fault. Especially in the runup to release it seemed every other week you read about another major feature that was being dropped from Vista.

Vista has become a good OS, but Win 7 is a great OS. It repairs a lot of damage done by Vista, both deserved and undeserved.


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