June 6, 2009 at 5:21 pm
The Nvidia ION platform is currently based on the 55nm manufacturing process. However, by the end of the year, Nvidia looks to move the GPU part to 40nm according to Fudzilla. This will, of course, put it in the same timeline as Intel’s next-gen Atom CPU, Pineview.
As things stand we don’t know what speeds the new Pineview processor will run at, although several rumours point to a dual-core chip which could make a big difference in netbook performance. The ION 2 is expected to release in the fourth quarter of this year, in –line with the rumoured dual core launch of Pineview and ahead of the single core Pineview launch in Q1 2010.
The benefits of ION 2 should be faster performance and a greater number of shaders with the same (or lower) power efficiency. Whilst Intel is moving from a three-chip to two-chip platform with Pine Trail, it is widely expected to support the ION/ION2 platform for future netbooks.