NVIDIA GoForce 5500 launched for cell phones

Posted on Monday, February 13 2006 @ 16:16 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
NVIDIA today presented the GoForce 5500 GPU, stating this chip will bring the world of digital entertainment to mobile phones. This is the industry’s first handheld GPU to enable true, fluid digital TV, high-fidelity surround sound, rapid multi-shot photography, and console-class 3D graphics. For many years, these capabilities have been the domain of function-specific devices such as the home entertainment system, the digital still camera, or the Sony Playstation. Today, this new GPU brings all these features, and more, to the mobile phone.

The newest member of the NVIDIA GoForce family of handheld GPUs, the NVIDIA GoForce 5500 delivers a host of multimedia features, including:

True, fluid digital TV and video
  • The industry’s first handheld GPU to playback H.264, WMV9 and MPEG-4 video up to D1 resolution at 30 frames per second (fps)
  • Compatible with major mobile TV standards including DVB-H, ISDB-T, and DMB networks

    High Fidelity Surround Sound
  • The industry’s first handheld surround sound processor to deliver an immersive audio experience in the palm of a hand
  • Crossfade and multistream technologies help to prevent annoying breaks between songs and music cut out when the ringtone is activated

    Console-class 3D gaming
  • Experience console-class games, such as Quake III Arena, at unrivalled speeds on a handheld device
  • 3X the performance of the previous generation

    Sharp, crystal clear digital photography
  • Rapid multi-shot capabilities so users never miss a photo
  • Support for up to 10 megapixel resolution

    Ultra-low power consumption
  • Dedicated low-power hardware design delivers more hours of entertainment on the phone with less drain on the talk time

    "The introduction of the NVIDIA GoForce 5500 handheld GPU marks the beginning of a new era for 3G mobile phones," said Michael Rayfield, general manager of the handheld GPU group at NVIDIA. "The NVIDIA GoForce 5500 GPU delivers high-quality video playback and capture, high-resolution camera support, and stunning 3D graphics—all at impressive performance levels that we believe consumers are going to demand in the next generation of mobile devices."

    Phones based on the NVIDIA GoForce 5500 handheld GPU are expected to be available from key handset manufacturers before the 2006 holiday season.

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    Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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