Microsoft Certifies NVIDIA’s Ion for Windows Vista

by admin February 12, 2009 at 8:22 pm

NVIDIA gears up to challenge Intel

Virtually all netbooks shipping today feature integrated graphics by Intel as a cost-effective and easily implemented solution. Intel’s integrated graphics, while providing a minimal amount of performance, are adequate for most netbook buyers who are looking for an affordable and portable secondary or tertiary system.

NVIDIA has wanted to challenge Intel in this growing market, which will ship 35 million netbooks this year. The first step was the release of the 9400M GPU in October, featuring 16 CUDA capable cores and taking up half the space of previous integrated GPUs. However, to replace Intel’s integrated graphics, NVIDIA needed to replace the entire chipset, which they are planning to do with the Ion platform, featuring the 9400M. NVIDIA expects that designs using Ion will be much thinner and smaller than current systems. It will be used in sub-notebooks under twelve inches, netbooks under ten inches, and small form factor desktop and media PCs.

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