In more exciting news from the Intel Developers' Forum, the processor giant has announced a collaboration with NVIDIA that will provide device makers with a powerful CPU/GPU platform for next-generation devices. NVIDIA's recently-introduced GoForce 5500 chip has been combined with Intel's upcoming third-generation XScale processor (codenamed "Monahans", able to deliver ~1GHz speeds), to produce a chipset that promises high performance while delivering respectable battery life, key to widespread adoption of 3G services. Some of the applications mentioned for the platform include 3D gaming, advanced imaging, digital TV, and surround sound, even though consumers currently seem rather ho-hum about using their phones for anything other than talking and texting.

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