Nvidia has launched a full scale assault on Intel's generally lackluster integrated graphics. Around 20 Nvidia Ion-based netbooks, all-in-one PCs, nettops and motherboards have been unveiled here in Taipei. At least two of which we already knew about, including Acer's AspireRevo mini desktop and Lenovo's IdeaPad S12 netbook.
Nvidia is also showcasing a handful of partner-built 'Mobile Internet Devices' that use its Tegra 'computer-on-a-chip' platform. Though Intel categorizes MIDs as handheld devices, Nvidia is using the term more loosely; its line-up includes netbooks and a tablet PC. With carrier subsidies, Tegra-based laptops could start as low as $99 when launched later this year. They'll face competition from similar 'Smartbooks' using Qualcomm's rival, and also ARM-based, Snapdragon platform. To that end, Nvidia has already started work on Tegra II.
Meanwhile, the company is aiming its Ion platform at upcoming Windows 7 systems and, by year's end, hopes to place it in PCs that use Via's Nano processor, such as the just-announced Shuttle XS29 mini PC.
We'll have to wait and see which of the products below actually get some US game-time, but they sure look perrty.
Nvidia Ion Details:
- Support for Windows 7 and Windows Vista Home Premium
- Low-power CPUs including Intel Atom, Intel Celeron, and Via Nano processors
- 1080p HD video with 7.1 audio
- DirectX 10 graphics
- Accelerated video enhancement and transcoding using NVIDIA CUDA and DirectX
New products include:
Asus EeeTop ET2002ECS Morph-I
ICD Kitchen PC
Pegatron All-in-one IPP7A-DF2
TCL All-in-one Ruiyi 1010
Lenovo IdeaPad S12
Telcast Notebook TL-1000N
Weibu Notebook N10A
Nettop / Mini Desktop PC
MSI Windbox D200
AsRock ION 330
Funtwist FION 330
Nvidia Tegra Details:
- Support for WiFi, 3G and/or WiMax
- 1080p HD video playback for up to 10 hours
- Adobe Flash acceleration
- Music playback for 25 days straight on one charge
- Video games at 46 frames per second
New products include:
Compal Communications CN88
Mobinnova ViewBook N910
Inventec Applications Corp. Rainbow
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