image_39NVIDIA are looking to support Android with their Tegra family of computers-on-a-chip. Tegra hardware is already being designed for Windows Mobile devices, but market research at NVIDIA suggests Android will outsell Windows devices by 2012.

By supporting Android, manufacturers and operators can now easily use a Tegra processor to build mobile phones with advanced user experiences that leverage web and Internet content and provide services such as mobile mash-ups and location-based applications.

The NVIDIA Tegra platform combines an NVIDIA Tegra 600 Series computer-on-a-chip with a complete software solution to enable OEMs to quickly bring to market a new class of always-on, always-connected HD MIDs, such as netbooks. Carriers will be able to offer these devices for as low as US$99—bringing broadband connectivity and all of the Web’s HD content to the masses.

NVIDIA Tegra hardware supports the following features list as standard:

  • 720p and 1080p video playback
  • Days of usage between charges
  • Optimized hardware support for Web 2.0 applications for a true desktop-class Internet experience
  • Full Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity
  • A complete software solution including Microsoft Windows CE OS, application viewers, full Internet browser, UI framework, board support package (BSP), software development kit (SDK), Web mail client, and more

For those Android applications that require considerable graphics horsepower, Tegra is NVIDIA’s mobile solution of choice. The NVIDIA Tegra for Android (APX 2600) is aimed at OEM manufacturers and is due for release in the second quarter of 2009.