Nvidia Builds 3D Chip for Cell Phones

Nvidia unveiled a new graphics processor Monday, adding to its GoForce lineup of GPUs. But the GoForce 5500 is not targeted at larger handheld gaming devices; instead, it has been designed as the first true 3D chip for mobile phones. It promises to support digital TV, surround sound and console-class graphics.

The GoForce 5500 enables viewing of H.264, WMV9 and MPEG-4 videos at a full 30 frames per second. It is also compatible with mobile TV standards including DVB-H, ISDB-T, and DMB. The chip additionally supports taking photos with up to a 10-megapixel resolution. The first phones with the 5500 GPU are expected to ship in time for the 2006 holiday season.

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