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Nvidia ION hitting Desktops Q2


Nvidia Ion hitting Desktops Q2

Since its announcement little has been heard of Nvidia's ION platform but according to Nvidia's Drew Henry we should see systems by Q2. News which comes alongside word that the Ion platform has received Premium WHQL certification - for all that's worth to anyone.

The plan is to see systems retailing in the $299 (~£211) region - about the price of a single GeForce GTX 260 for reference. Obviously Nvidia doesn't have much control over pricing, though. Intel can charge what it likes for Atom CPUs and OEMs can do likewise with ION-based desktops. That said, the performance of these PCs will help regulate the pricing somewhat. If 'real' desktops are available for not much more the temptation of an ION system will be much diminished.

Henry advises the first wave of systems are expected to look pretty different to Nvidia's ION reference design (pictured). Considering Nvidia's Ion platform boasts GPU-accelerated 1080p decoding it won't be surprising if at least a couple of machines have a media-centre bent, rather than just a straight computing orientation. Integrated optical drives, better concealed port layouts and larger chassis wouldn't be a surprise.

If Nvidia and its partners can deliver on the promise of low cost but capable PC systems it should be onto a winner. Certainly, the company needs something to help improve its financials. I'm definitely looking forward to getting my hands on an ION system as soon as I possibly can.


Via Fudzilla.


February 12, 2009, 8:59 pm

Just put it in a eee T101 please


February 12, 2009, 9:48 pm

Im really hoping that sopmeone releases the refrence pico itx board with included atom chip for DIY case builders and modders.


February 13, 2009, 4:49 am

Nvidia's ION platform boasts GPU-accelerated 1080p decoding

i look forward to this (platform) being reviewed and proven over a range of codecs and containers. Much GPU acceleration is fraght with issues from my perspective.

If it works then this will be a nice, tiny, sweeeeet HTPC.


February 13, 2009, 10:31 am

The demo systems won't go on sale, they're way way too expensive to make as the two tier PCB design is complex and is made from a 10 layer PCB which is expensive. Expect to see systems using a single mini-ITX motherboards based on a six layer PCB when the first systems ship. Optical drives are also likely to be added, making for larger systems.

The GPU acceleration will be just as good as it is on the Geforce 9400 chipset, so go find a review of that chipset and you'll know how good the acceleration is.

There will be netbooks with an N-series Atom and the 9400M, but desktops will be first.

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