NVIDIA Working With Google On Tegra-Powered, Chrome OS Machines
Mike Rayfield, NVIDIa's GM of Mobile Business, has recently told jkOnTheRun that his company is "working closely with Google" in regard to Chrome OS, which is Google's oft forgotten attempt to break into the netbook/low-end OS market. To date, we've yet to actually see Chrome OS in the flesh, only hearing whispers from Google that it really is real and it really will come...eventually. Obviously, this statement from NVIDIA certainly backs that up, giving OS users everywhere the ability to breath a sigh of relief knowing that Google hasn't forgotten about you.
Details are obviously fairly slim at this point, but the gist of it is that NVIDIA could be working to run Chrome OS on a variety of undisclosed Tegra-powered devices. To date, Microsoft's Zune HD is the most high profile Tegra device on the market, but NVIDIA would definitely have another big shot on its hands if Chrome OS were loaded on. In fact, NVIDIA made clear that Tegra wasn't only build for the mobile realm, noting that it could join Chrome OS in the netbook/smartbook space in the near-term.
For Google, partnering with NVIDIA and snagging Tegra support seems like a bright move. Tegra has shown its ability to really shine in the instances where we've seen it used, and if these two got together on a launch, the entire tech world would have a tough time shutting up about it. So, have we worked up your excitement yet, or what?