Live: NVIDIA CES 2011 Keynote – Dual-core Tegra 2 processors and more

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NVIDIA is hitting CES 2011 hard with their all-new Tegra 2 dual-core processors. In case you’ve been stuck under a rock for the past few months, the Tegra 2 chipset is the newest kid on the block, and the only such kid to rock dual-core processors. Combined with NVIDIA’s graphics processing expertise, Tegra 2 can turn smartphones and tablets into de facto multimedia monsters. We’re expecting NVIDIA to show off all their new smartphone and tablet hardware at this keynote. NVIDIA is also putting their Tegra 2 chipset into car navigation systems, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see some vehicle-related announcements. Stay tuned, we’re already live and waiting for the keynote to begin.

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Rocking out to some lively music in NVIDIA’s keynote room. Rock and roll!
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Remember guys, the NVIDIA tegra 2 is powering some monster phones like the Atrix 4G and the LG Optimus 2X
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We could be in store for some really cool stuff today, as we’ve been told to expect a surprise at the end of the announcement
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Could be typical PR fluff but it could be something really good
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LG execs are getting ready to strut their stuff. We smell LG Optimus 2X!
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WiFi is solid so far, so let’s hope that can continue
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We’ve spoken with NVIDIA many times and seen some of the Tegra 2 phones in action and it’s quite impressive
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It’s starting in just a few minutes
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Remember, NVDIA has about 0% market share in the mobile space
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I guess there’s nowhere to go but up
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“If there’s anyone in the room on Sprint OverDrive, please turn that off.”
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the portable hotspot has been a blessing for bloggers most of the time but it can much up the WiFI for conferences, especially when you have loads of personal hotspots going
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President, CEO of NVIDIA up Jen-HSun Huang
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We’re going to show you some first of its kind
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on stage now
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This CES is different from all the others, this changed the tech landscape that we know – Huang
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In the mobile space, there’s a mobile computing revolution under way
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The magnitude of this change is still being internalized
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He’s talking about how Windows 95 at Comdex 95 changed how computing is viewed
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things like DirectX turned the PC into a multimedia machine – not just for spreadsheets anymore
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what happened in 95 seems to happen every ten years or so. Processors get better, networks get better and software evolves.
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this leads to a perfect storm for something magical to happen
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the next boom was with the Internet revolution
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Apple’s iPhone and iPad combined the evolution of great technology where it revolutionizes how we enjoy computers and use them
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with each new boom, more people join in on it. Going forward, these mobile devices will expand into tens of billions
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It’s going to be an Internet of Things
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It’s the beginning of a new era where everything (kiosks, cars) is connected
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The world has changed, new companies are going to emerge and positions will change
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charts show how iOS/Android growth over the first few years are so much faster than the PC/Mac revolution
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the comparison is not really that fair though, in my humble opinion – Marin
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There are no companies in the world that can adapt to this technology boom change as quickly as some would like them too because technology just takes that long
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This CES will see the pieces start to come together
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Your most personal computer has changed from the computer to your mobile device.
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The company who builds these devices and who you buy it from are different now that mobile devices have flourished.
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Old PCs relied on x86 CPU architectures, now ARM system on a chips are the standard
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Tegra 2 is more focused on how you would use mobile computing: content, games, books, 3D
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tegra2 is the first dual-core processor, offers best-in class Flash experience and best game content with GeForce GPU
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these Tegra 2 devices will become a computer first and a phone second. That means it will have to access that in its full glory (i.e. Flash)
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They’re talking about Tegra2 and how it was designed: “design a processor that’s 50X more power efficient than a PC while performing all the mobile computing devices you’d expect.”
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First fully hardware accelerated hardware processor
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He casually alluded to Apple’s reluctance for Flash on iOS
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Everything has to be in high definition, in addition to those three characteristics and all the functionality you’d expect from a phone
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you’re going to see multiple phone, tablets and in-car Tegra 2 announcements this week
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We’ve already head about BMW, Tesla, the Atrix 4G, Motorola 4G tablet and the Optimus 2X
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We’re focusing on one category: the Super Phone!
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this category is surprisingly exciting and it reminds him of the early PC markets with the specs wars
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This device is meant for content enjoyment: movies, books, magazines, games
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It’s not just having this content available but having it with the best experience for the user
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the super phone is a weird market because the best devices are affordable due to carrier subsidies
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Super phones are the next generation of “smart” – I thought Google had it first last year with the Nexus One
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Yongseok Jang, VP of LG, is up to show off the first Tegra 2 Super Phone
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The LG Optimus 2X super phone is what they’re talking about
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LG Optimus 2X: beauty outside but monster inside
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dual-core processor, large touchscreen display, WiFi, 8-megapixel camera, 1080p HDMI video catpuring
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I played with it last night, it’s quite a darn good phone
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no word yet on U.S. carrier though
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some of the defining characteristics according to LG: great design that has some angles on it to give you a good grip
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we talk about what the customers want first and then focus on the need
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a lot of smoke blowing up places right now but it is quite an amazing phone
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They’re hooking it up to a Panasonic TV to show off some of the phone’s HDMI capabilities
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for reals, why didn’t they put up an LG TV?
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Android is now on the full screen
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We’re looking at some of the widgets on the big screen and he’s just tooling around to show the speeds of Tegra 2
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WooHoo, it’s Angry Birds on the HDTV
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Tegra 2 has one of the fastest image sensing processing in the world, combined with the 8-megapixel camera, the Optimus 2X should be a killer phone for shutterbugs
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He killed that pig!
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ]

No custom large screen ui like nokia :(

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Demo showing the LG Optimus 2X pushing 1080p video out to an HDTV via HDMI.
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Jensen wants more bandwidth for his demo!
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Now showing off Autodesk Sketchbook on the bigscreen using the Optimus 2X via HDMI.
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Talking up Tegra 2’s ability to handle Flash with no problems (hardware accelerated Flash). Obviously digging at Apple and the iPhone.
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We’re looking at two phones playing Flash
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The Tegra 2 chip is destroying the other device
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Despite what some people say (Apple), when you put great engineers together you can get full Flash compatibility on a mobile device
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5X faster Flash performance
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The other device is the Nexus S.
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Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen is out to talk about the partnership
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Narayen: We should be thanking you. It’s all about consumption.
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the deals will enable more people to consume content on the go, on a variety of screens
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they’ve also worked on enabling people to create content, as well as experience it in a mobile way
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Adobe on Flash: Flash 10.1 has had the fastest adoption of any Flash player
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the amount of video that’s streamed over Flash in the last two years has doubled – 120 petabytes
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Basically, they’re trying to say that Flash on mobile is going to be needed to experience the full web on the go
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he shoes away talk that HTML5 and Flash are on a collision course
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the company will create the best tools no matter who wins. If the standard doesn’t exist, they’ll invent it
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Adobe will try to create the tools to ensure that the best content is available on as many devices as possible
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I also love how the delivery of how they’re talking: it’s just like a conversation between friends
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except it’s totally not. Lots of marketing speak.
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[Comment From Woot WootWoot Woot: ]

NVDA stock up 7% today.

12:42 Woot Woot
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And he’s off – I have seen Flash on the Optimus 2X and it does blow away any other Flash on phone that I’ve seen
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Now, we’re on to games
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There’s going to be a Tegra Zone game depository that delivers console-quality games on your phone
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Dungeon Defenders creator is up, Jeremy Stieglitz
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He looks like he’s 16
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He’s going to show a new multiplayer, multiplatform game
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It’s an Unreal Engine 3 game
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we’re looking at people playing it on a PC, PlayStation 3 and on a super phone
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We’re seeing the GeForce PC, PS3 and Tegra 2 phone
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guess which one has the least polished graphics?
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still, it looks pretty darn good and much better than anything we saw as recently as a year ago
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MobileBits CEO Karsten Wysk is coming out now
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interesting note: LG exect wore a full suit, two game devs are in jeans
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We’re looking at the Delta Engine demo on the Optimus 2X
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and he’s showing off a game called Soul Craft
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The video of the phone running the Soul Craft demo looks good but it looks even better when it’s in your hands
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cool collage of apps running on Tegra 2
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Kyle Malady, VP of Verizon is on stage
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Where is 4G: “Clearly, we need some in here”
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Verizon: Motorola tablet!
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wait, not branded yet
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There’s an image of a tablet on screen with Verizon 4G LTE logos around it
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uplink on LTE makes hardcore gaming possible, latency is four-fold better than 3G
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Verizon: it’s going to open up gaming, streaming videos and more
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Verizon will be showing off a ton of devices
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A lot of people are talking LTE (AT&T) but Verizon is going to show you real devices and products
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He’s off now, still didn’t say much about that tablet beyond that it has a dual-core Tegra 2 chip
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Skype Manrique Brenes is going to video call over an Android tablet
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wait. Demo fail. It’s looking like
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Not enough bandwidth for that to work though
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We were going to see HD video chatting on the tablet
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Big announcement coming up
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key words there: “going to”
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it seemed like the Skype guy was going to pull out that Motorola Android tablet before the bandwidth pooped the bed
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If you’re a software developer and you’re not working toward ARM, you’ve got your head in the sand
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No question now that in two or three years time, the ARM processor is world’s most important microprocessor architecture
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teasing Microsoft unveiling Windows for ARM chip
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Not here to announce Windows. Of course.
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tricky tricky
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Project Denver – NVIDIA designed high performance ARM Core
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first CPU development from NVIDIA
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world’s first ARM processor targeted at high-performance computing
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they wanted to expand the reach of this architecture
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the new ARM chip will enable developers to bring their expertise beyond mobile computing
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Apple, Google, rumors of Microsoft will all support ARM processors
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They want to expand the reach of ARM beyond mobile, from Super computing to mobile phones.
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beginning of a new era. This year: the personal computing industry is redefined.
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Some interesting stuff here but some was hampered by bandwidth problems.
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We’re wrapping up guys

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