High Performance Nvidia Ion Platform For Netbook

On Thursday, Nvidia said it expects to see its netbook graphics platform running alongside Intel's Atom processor in mini-laptops within six months, and in case of desktop it can be more sooner.

General Manager for Nvidia's Media and communication processor business unit, Drew Henry said that the company's GeForce 9400M motherboard graphics chipset, called the Ion platform, which could replace Intel chipsets typically used in today's netbooks, the 945GSE and the I/O controller hub 7, or ICH7. Netbooks, which cost as little as $300, are mini-laptops with screens 10 inches or smaller.

Nvidia claims that one of its chipset using Atom delivers is 10 times the speed of current Intel-only netbooks. This performance boost means a lot for mini-laptops which means it can run high-definition video on top of Microsoft's Window Vista or Microsoft's upcoming Window 7 operating  system, according to Nvidia. However, today's standard netbooks are ship out with Windows XP or Linux and have limited video capabilities.

Performance is an issues with netbook which yet not been solved. Industry observers say the systems are returned to retailers more often than standard laptops, mostly because of buyer unhappiness over thee inability of netbooks to go beyond basic Web browsing and e-mail.

Upcoming Nvidia's Intel-nly alternative will cost more. Henry estimates that a $300 netbook today which use the Intel platform and Window XP, would cost about $100 more with the GeForce 9400M and Window Vista Basic. Add Vista Premium and the price would probably jump another $50.

Manufacturers "would probably tell you that's a reasonable price range," Henry said.

Henry not opened the manufactures name which have already committed to sell Nvidia in netbooks, he also added that product will be available by June, while desktop will march out in March.

With a steady price drop, Nvidia believes standard laptop can fall below $500 next year. Such a low-price system would certainly be possible with Atom and the Nvidia GPU running side by side, Henry said.
"I don't see any reason why that wouldn't be possible," Henry said of the sub-$500 price. "This combination would make that possible."


John Ernest said...

Nvidia processors are very durable and can run most of what my computer requires. But truthfully, it is pretty inferior compared to Intel's processors. So it makes me happy to know that my favorite processor will soon be able to be on par with Intel. Thanks for the post!

Vancouver Makeup Artist said...

This netbook is really awesome working device..

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