NVIDIA Ion

Half-power NVIDIA Ion 2 GPU for smaller netbooks explains dreary benchmarking?

Half-power NVIDIA Ion 2 GPU for smaller netbooks explains dreary benchmarking?

We've been all over NVIDIA's new next-generation Ion 2 today, but that excitement has now been tempered by a little small-print confusion over exactly what you're getting in your fancy new netbook.  According to a confidential NVIDIA slide posted by PC Watch, the graphics company will actually be pushing two versions of Ion 2: one for 12-inch netbooks and desktops, with 16 CUDA cores, and another for 10-inch netbooks with just 8 CUDA cores.

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NVIDIA Ion 2 officially announced: 10x graphics grunt & 10hr battery life

NVIDIA Ion 2 officially announced: 10x graphics grunt & 10hr battery life

NVIDIA have officially launched their next-generation Ion GPU, intended to give netbooks and nettops a graphics boost.  It comes as little surprise, given we saw Acer's Aspire One 532G netbook using the new GPU a few weeks back at MWC 2010, but the company have also announced that ASUS' 12-inch Eee PC 1201P will use the chipset, as well as more than 30 products from other companies including AOpen, AsRock, Asus, Foxconn, J&W, Pegatron, POV, Shuttle and Zotac.

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Acer Aspire One 532G netbook packs Ion 2 GPU

Acer Aspire One 532G netbook packs Ion 2 GPU

We stopped by Acer at MWC 2010 to check out their latest Android smartphones, and came across the Aspire One 532G, the company's first Full HD compliant netbook. While Acer aren't making a song & dance about it, the AO532G is in fact the first netbook to use NVIDIA's Ion 2 meaning it's capable of 1080p output via HDMI. However the Ion 2 GPU is switchable, using NVIDIA's latest Optimus technology, balancing graphics power against battery life.

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ASUS Eee Box EB1501-B0367 1080p nettop gets Blu-ray

ASUS Eee Box EB1501-B0367 1080p nettop gets Blu-ray

ASUS' Eee Box EB1501 was already standing out as a potentially decent HTPC, and the company have added another feather in its metaphorical cap by apparently introducing a Blu-ray version.  Announced back in October 2009 with Intel's Atom 330 CPU, NVIDIA Ion graphics and a slot-loading DVD burner, the new Eee Box EB1501-Bo367 with Blu-ray is now showing up with several European online retailers.

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NVIDIA Ion 2 GPU for Pine Trail confirmed for Q1 2010

NVIDIA Ion 2 GPU for Pine Trail confirmed for Q1 2010

NVIDIA haven't held back recently with their Ion 2 news, but it's good to see the company reconfirming their plans to launch a Pine Trail-compatible version of the graphics chipset and attach a date to its roll-out.  As we heard before, the new Ion 2 for Intel Pine Trail will be a standalone GPU rather than the combined Northbridge/GPU chipset as offered for the current Intel Atom models, and it's arriving in Q1 2010.

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NVIDIA Ion 2 launch delayed at manufacturer request

NVIDIA Ion 2 launch delayed at manufacturer request

NVIDIA have officially confirmed that the next-gen "Ion 2" (not the final name) graphics chipset is in the works, but it won't be arriving quite as soon as many had hoped.  The company told Fudzilla that the Ion 2 won't see an official launch until later in Q1 2010, as opposed to the Q4 2009 unveil we'd expected; that's apparently because hardware manufacturers want to milk a few more sales out of first-gen Ion devices before the new chip arrives.

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