Nvidia Ion-powered netbooks to appear at Computex

April 24, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Nvidia IonNow that we are starting to see the Nvidia Ion platform appear in nettops, such as Acer’s Aspire Revo, it is a matter of time before we start to see some netbook–related announcements. Word from Pocket-Lint is that a number of manufacturers are preparing to announce Ion-powered netbooks at Computex Taipei in June.

They claim that a man on the inside at Nvidia has confirmed some big announcements from “key” netbook companies. Their inside man is also talking of shipping dates as early as July. “You will see some announcements at the show with ship dates as early as July,” said the Nvidia tipster.

Given the disappointments over Intel’s GN40 chipset, we eagerly await netbooks powered by the Nvidia Ion platform. Nvidia’s Ion is an Intel Atom system that has been powered-up with a GeForce 9400M in place of the ageing 945 chipset. Though the 9400M is new to the Atom, it’s an established chipset that’s already found in full-spec notebooks such as the Dell Studio XPS 13 and the Apple MacBook.

We were already eagerly looking forward to Computex for a number of reasons. It seems to be the show where we will officially learn of upcoming ARM-powered netbooks as well as those running on Google’s Android operating system. Now, from today’s news, it seems that we can look forward to some Nvidia Ion netbooks too. Computex takes place between 2 – 6 June 2009.


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