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The NVIDIA ION Platform Revisited
ION. NVIDIA has been touting the term non-stop for what seems like years now but what has only really been months. Essentially a platform that marries the existing GeForce 9400M chipset with a low power processor, ION is the company's attempt to make themselves relevant in the world of the netbook and the sub-$300 PC.
The ION graphics processor, as it is now SOMETIMES called by NVIDIA staff, was first evaluated here at PC Perspective in early February after NVIDIA had made the round promoting the product during CES. At that time the ION product was really aimed more at the mobile market but has since been shifted to target the lively-hood of $300-500 PC. The new Acer Aspire Revo is a great example of what NVIDIA envisions for the platform; at least for now.
NVIDIA's reference design for the ION Platform
Today's re-release of the ION platform is less about systems (like the review reference system above) or netbooks than it is about getting these products into the hands of consumers and enthusiasts looking for a nice project-piece. In this article we will be taking a look at the first available NVIDIA ION platform motherboard from Zotac.