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Report: Nvidia to supply chip in next-generation video iPod

Nvidia has beat out Broadcom to supply the multimedia chip inside the next-generation video iPod, according to a Wall Street analyst. “Based on our analysis, we believe Nvidia is designed into the next-generation vPod socket at the expense of Broadcom,” said American Technology Research analyst Satya Chillara. “We believe the Nvidia chip adds 3D graphics functionality in addition to all of the existing features (such as H.264) that Broadcom supported with the existing vPod.” Apple’s current fifth-generation (video) iPod uses an audio chip from PortalPlayer and a multimedia chip from Broadcom. Apple’s “true” video iPod is rumored to be delayed until the first half of 2007.

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1

Why would you need 3D graphics, unless you were planning on having games??

Posted by Chris on July 18, 2006 at 4:42 PM (PDT)

2

^ incase maybe the iPod featured stuff like FrontRow on a mac. 3D menus and graphics and stuff.

Posted by John on July 18, 2006 at 6:29 PM (PDT)

3

Yeah, I don’t see how this would be a big enough upgrade to warrent a new purchase. I’ve had my 5th gen since October and I’m still only half way full on the 30 gigs, so space isn’t an issue either.

Make the battery better… then we’ll talk Apple. As for 3D graphics? Why?

I always thought wireless access to iTunes would be the next upgrade. It makes sense to let people buy music without even hooking up to a computer.

Posted by Andrew on July 18, 2006 at 8:53 PM (PDT)

4

I’m not sure that a few 3D menus would justify a 3D graphics chip on such a small screen. You can do all that stuff on the CPU. I mean, “Doom” runs on the ipod now under iPodLinux. Going crazy with UI special effects doesn’t seem likely on a small screen.

This more likely ties in with recent rumours of Apple hiring games programmers, I think.

Posted by Chris on July 18, 2006 at 11:30 PM (PDT)

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