Asus eyes Ion
You don't say...
Asus has been claimed to be not only evaluating Nvidia's Ion platform for netbooks and nettops, but to have also decided to make a machine based on the Atom add-on.
In a story by DigiTimes, industry moles claim in one paragraph that the Eee PC maker is "considering launching" Ion-based netbooks after having received samples of the chipset.
In a second paragraph, the same sources say Asus will launch an Ion-driven Eee Box in Q3.
Can't be doing both, guys. Either it's thinking about launching such a product, or it is launching one. Do or do not - there is no try.
Ion adds Nvidia's 9400GM integrated chipset to Intel's Atom CPU. So far, Acer has committed to releasing an Ion-based nettop, the Revo - it's due in the shops any day now - and Lenovo is preparing an Ion netbook.
Given Ion's ability to deliver a better graphical experience than Intel's GMA 950 graphics core, part of the Atom-standard 945GSE chipset, we'd be very surprised indeed if Asus wasn't taking a look at it. Especially, since Intel's own Ion-alternative, the GN40, seems to have gone off the boil. ®
does anyone know if there's any data regarding the power draw that this Ion platform is going to use? it sounds promising but if it sucks up battery life then we're only going to see it in small cheap desktop PC's, which would be a shame....
paris, because she's as clueless as i am