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Acer Already Prepping Ion 2 Machines?

Gordon Kelly


Acer Already Prepping Ion 2 Machines?

It may have taken its sweet time in launching, but Ion has been the best thing to happen to notebooks by some considerable margin. Now it seems Nvidia is all go as Acer has reportedly already jumped on Ion 2.

At this stage it is unknown whether Acer is looking at just nettops or netbooks as well, but the news isn't surprising given it has already enjoyed strong success with its Revo line. As for Ion 2 itself, that is expected to offer roughly twice the horsepower of its predecessor.

Specifics have yet to be nailed down, but Ion 2 is thought to double Ion's 16 shaders to 32 meaning it moves beyond HD playback and into a reasonable budget gaming chip. Talk is also that Ion 2 will consume the same, if not less, power than Ion while the biggest change will see Nvidia add support for Via chipsets. Whether ARM is on the menu to fuel the increasingly buzz about smartbooks seems less certain.

Expect to see Ion 2 all over CES 2010 and we'll be there to cover it in person.


via DigiTimes


December 8, 2009, 5:07 pm

Note to Acer - please add freeview tuners for the UK version so we can use it as a PVR - this is surely the basic needed for media PCs in the UK?


December 8, 2009, 9:40 pm

from the back of the monitor it looks just so weird - parasite it is!


December 8, 2009, 9:40 pm

just use tvcatchup.com all free view are there, pity u cant control it with a remote...

Jim McSlim

December 9, 2009, 3:18 am

Just when I am considering the purchase of an Ion-based nettop for an HTPC, Nvidia comes out with Ion 2, which I might just wait for... I'll never get one at this point :-)


December 9, 2009, 2:55 pm

@timple: I have another note for Acer.

Note to Acer - please do NOT install a freeview tuner or a DVD player into this box, it's so very nice and small and is the perfect box to stick on the back of my TV. For Freeview a HDHomerun is the perfect partner or failing that a USB TV Tuner will do, and for DVD/Blueray playback an external slimline USB player just looks the biz.

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