April 29, 2009 at 4:14 pm
Nvidia held a press conference in Taipei yesterday to unveil two nettops based on the Ion platform, the ASRock ION 330 and Pegatron’s Cape 7. Interestingly, during the conference, Nvidia claimed that over 40 Ion-powered netbooks, nettops and all-in-One PCs are scheduled to launch by the end of this year.
Whilst the number of nettops powered by Nvidia’s Ion platform is growing all the time, we have yet to see it being utilised by netbooks. Hopefully it won’t be long before Ion-powered netbooks are revealed, the latest rumours point to a number of manufacturers releasing Ion netbooks at the Computex show in June.
Both of the nettops shown were manufactured by OEM Pegatron Technology. For those that feel Acer’s Revo single-core Intel Atom N230 processor does not provide enough grunt, the ASRock ION 330 pairs a Nvidia a George 9400M with a dual-core Atom 330. The pairing results in a low-power, low-cost and ultra small system capable of 1080p playback. The ION 330 also sports an integrated DVD optical drive.
Specifications are thin on the ground for Pegatron’s Cape 7, who is currently in negotiations with a number of different vendors to release the device, including Asus. Connectivity includes HDMI, Ethernet and at least four USB 2.0 ports.