NVIDIA Next-Generation ION 2 Preview - Discrete GPU + Optimus
Next-gen ION Products and Closing Thoughts
This week at the CeBit show in Germany there are quite a few new netbooks and systems being shown with this version of NVIDIA ION technology inside.
ASUS 1201PN, EeeBox 1501P and EeeTop 2010PNT
ASUS started the netbook craze though it has obviously expanded beyond the company's wildest expectations. If ASUS is known for one thing, it is adopting new technologies in a way that very few others can and innovating in a timely manner.
Acer Aspire One 532G
while supporting full 720p video playback (and even 1080p through the
Discrete ION card??
Now this is kind of interesting - NVIDIA is apparently preparing a discrete graphics card for users that would like to add ION technology to an existing small form factor or home theater PC.
NVIDIA's new next-generation ION technology was a necessary move from the team that has been pushed around by Intel for too long. Intel successfully cut NVIDIA out of the chipset business all together starting with the mainstream and enthusiast desktop nForce brand and now with the original ION. The only answer NVIDIA could respond with was a discrete graphics solution that still offers much better performance and loads more features than the Intel integrated offerings and connectivity through the PCI Express bus that Intel basically can't cut off.
NVIDIA has done just that and added in support for Optimus technology to offer a better overall solution, but not markedly so when compared to the first iteration. Those of you looking for dramatic (or any) performance jumps are obviously going to be disappointed, but otherwise, this simply means that more users will be able to get ION technology in their netbook and nettops as 2010 advances.
Expect to find a handful of ION 2-based systems on March 15th and "many many more" by the end of the month.
- Lenovo IdeaPad S12
first to implement ION on mobile platform
- Zotac IONITX-A-U
NVIDIA ION Motherboard Review
- NVIDIA ION Platform
Review: Death (and Life) of the Netbook
- Acer announces
Aspire One 532G: ION 2 and Optimus Technology
- NVIDIA Ion 2
Revealed to be GeForce G310?
- ASRock releases a
new ION+Atom mini-ITX motherboard