Nvidia and Opera team on mobile devices

Browsing the internet on your smartphone will become faster and smoother according to Nvidia and Opera, who have announced that they are working together.

Opera said in a statement that it will offer an optimised version of its Mobile 9.5 browser for Nvidia's Tegra computer-on-a-chip' solutions for Windows Mobile and other mobile internet devices. Devices featuring Nvidia hardware and the Opera browser are expected to appear in 2009.

Currently, even the latest smartphones can struggle when trying to process and reformat large amounts of data for the smaller screens of mobile devices. According to Nvidia, the Tegra platform, combining ARM CPUs with GeForce GPUs will deliver smooth panning and zooming of media rich web pages with reduced battery consumption.

This will be achieved by Opera making use of the hardware 3D accelerated capabilities of the Tegra chip through support for the OpenKODE API and OpenGL ES 2.0. Opera will also support Javascript, accelerated vector graphics, and video content.

"The combination of Opera 9.5 and Nvidia Tegra will deliver the full web experience into the palm of your hand," said Neil Trevett, vice president of mobile content at Nvidia.

Jon von Tetzchner, chief executive of Opera Software, said: "Opera 9.5 combined with Nvidia Tegra will deliver a powerful and visual browsing experience for the next generation of smartphones and mobile internet devices."

Benny Har-Even

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