GPU developer and manufacturer NVIDIA, together with Verizon Wireless, has recently announced that they’ll be demoing NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile superchip equipped devices at this years Consumer Electronics Show. The new processor significantly ups the ante in the mobile entertainment field, particularly in combination with Verizon’s newly deployed 4G LTE network.
The demos are meant to illustrate that through this combination of technologies, consumers have the power of home-quality media and gaming content in the palm of their hands, all while on the go. Also on tap, NVIDA is showcasing the Tegra 2’s multiplayer gaming abilities, particularly across various platforms from tablets to desktop PC’s.
“Last year, we showed the first 1080p video stream over LTE with NVIDIA,” said Brian Higgins, executive director of LTE ecosystem development at Verizon Wireless. “That was just the start. Tegra is bringing never-before-seen experiences to mobile devices, and we’re confident developers and ultimately consumers will see the benefits of our 4G LTE network.”
In addition to the gaming and video functionality, NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 powered tablets will be on hand to demonstrate a wide variety of multimedia content readily available including books and magazines, as well as untold amounts of content available via downloadable applications via the devices’ 3D user interface.
“Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network provides the bandwidth to drive a rich trove of content to your mobile device,” said Michael Rayfield, general manager of the mobile business at NVIDIA. “Teaming this network with Tegra delivers the freedom to watch and play what you want, when you want.”
Although this is an NVIDIA and Verizon featured announcement specifically targeted at the CES market, it’s important to remember that the rumors of Verizon’s impending Apple iPhone availability has been receiving significant credit over the past few months. Verizon’s been nabbing up iPhone and Verizon related URL’s, and as featured in this announcement, Verizon launched it’s 4G LTE mobile broadband network in December. The 4G LTE network provides speeds up to 10x faster than the 3G network, and reaches approximately 1/3 of all Americans. So although NVIDIA will be delivering top quality entertainment and gaming to Tegra 2 devices, is this nothing more than a testing ground for when Verizon gets their hands on the coveted iPhone reseller license?