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All posts tagged "ion"


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Behold The Next Generation NVIDIA ION; Next Generation Overkill for your Netbook!

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 01:00 PM

http://www.techarp.com/showarticle....rtno=660&pgno=0

"To do this, NVIDIA is relying on the Next-Generation NVIDIA ION. That is the official name of their latest netbook platform. Not NVIDIA ION 2 or NVIDIA ION FX, but a rather mouthful "Next-Generation NVIDIA ION". NVIDIA decided on this nomenclature because they feel it's more retail-friendly - folks who buy netbooks are not tech-savvy and such descriptive names would resonate better, or so their theory goes."

The Next Generation NVIDIA ION is not the platform you are looking for. It provides way too much power with far too many compromises for it to be a viable solution for a netbook. It may provide hardware video acceleration, but why pay so much more when a cheap HD accelerator chip can do the trick? It may allow you to make full use of Windows 7's fancy user interface, but you just want very basic computing, right? It may even give you the ability to play a wider variety of games, but who wants to play games on a netbook? You should be happy with a low powered, basic netbook. The power of Intel compels you.


Saturday, January 23, 2010

HD on a Netbook? It's Within Reach.

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 08:00 AM

http://blog.laptopmag.com/broadcom-...ork-in-progress

"However, the Broadcom chip does work with content stored on the netbook itself, and can improve performance of WMV, MPEG2, MPEG4, and MOV files. So, we played a few files on both Mini 10s, as well as on an HP Mini 311 ($399.99), and recorded the frame rates using Fraps."

NVidia says that ION is a great way to make netbooks perform. Intel says that its overkill, and you only really need some video acceleration. Well, Laptop Magazine tries a very unscientific test to see if the Broadcom HD Accelerator is all that is missing from the netbook experience. Once Flash 10.1 better supports all the accelerators out there, it will come down to whether 3D and gaming is important to you. I am in the more is better camp. I think the battery life sacrificed is worth the extra capabilities, as I firmly believe that 3D can offer more capabilities, and raising the minimum bar will allow for greater creativity. Not quite the same kind of leap as going from a text based interface (remember the days of dumb terminals?) to a graphical interface, but a step forward in the right direction.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Watch out Ultraportables! Netbooks Are Coming After You Next!

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 03:30 PM

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Atom-IO...eview-1484.html

"But why shouldn’t a netbook be able to do more? Ultimately, what every mobile user wants is a 10” or 12” netbook that is as powerful as today’s expensive 17” laptops or even desktops. But in attempting to drive down prices as low as possible, netbook manufacturers haven’t made better-performing, tiny form-factor machines a priority."

When netbooks first came out, I almost felt robbed. I had recently purchased a Fujitsu P1610 ultraportable laptop. Both shared a lot of similar features, like a long battery life, modest performance and a tiny form factor. The big difference was price with netbooks a good quarter of what my ultraportable cost. As reviews started coming in, I felt a bit better in noting that my trusty investment fared a bit better than its low cost cousins. However, it is several years later, and the performance gap is shrinking. Tom's Hardware looks at the current state of ultraportables compared to netbooks, and with ION, the difference is hardly that big anymore. Actually, if anything, it is the stagnant CPU that is Atom which has hobbled the development of our beloved toys. Of course, if you believe Intel, anything faster is overkill.


Thursday, December 31, 2009

Ion Netbook Roundup

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2009/12/30/...om-overcharged/

"It's been more than a year since NVIDIA announced its Ion platform, promising to bring HD video and gaming to the underpowered Atom CPU. After all the hold ups, we started to wonder if we'd ever see the platform packed inside a netbook, so imagine our surprise when no less than four Ion-based machines launched in the past few months. With bigger screens, better specs, more graphics muscle and, of course, the resulting higher price tag, each of these Ion machines promises quite a bit, but which one lives up to the hype?"

Click through for Engadget's full comparison. But the short version is too little, too late and that most users won't like the trade off of cost and battery life for increased horsepower.

Tags: hardware, laptops, ion

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Intel Says Netbooks Should Not Be So Powerful

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 06:30 AM

http://www.liliputing.com/2009/12/i...r-netbooks.html

"NVIDIA’s ION platform combines an Atom processor with NVIDIA GeForce graphics. The result is a computer platform that gives you notebooks and desktops with low power processors and the ability to handle 1080p HD video playback, Blu-Ray decoding, and a fair amount of 3D graphics processing for modern video games."

So Intel considers the ION platform as too much for the netbook platform. This certainly explains the incremental improvements seen in PineTrail. One the one hand, one could argue that Intel is just protecting their more profitable streams with the CULV line of CPUs. After all, Intel is a business, and they like profits. However, the idea that Intel is telling what I, the customer, wants and being put into a particular cubbyhole just rubs me wrong. The concept of a small, lightweight, powerful, long lasting computer appeals to be for some reason, and I see the NVIDIA ION as a step in that direction. It is the march of progress. I remember over a decade ago, the equivalent of the netbook, while really expensive, were considerably slower. The NVIDIA ION is just pushing the limits to what will be considered normal in a couple of years.


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Intel Previews Upcoming Atom Developments

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 06:00 AM

http://arstechnica.com/hardware/new...-on-die-gpu.ars

"Intel renewed its netbook push Tuesday with the formal announcement of its next-generation Atom platform, codenamed Pine Trail. The details of Pine Trail, including the late 2009 launch date, had already been widely leaked, and today's disclosure provided little new information. But for those who haven't followed the Pineview leaks, I'll break down the details of what was announced."

Ars Technica provides a good glimpse on what we can expect from Intel in the netbook market over the coming months and to be honest, I have to say that I am disappointed. The changes Intel is making smells more of protecting their netbook marketshare instead of pushing for innovation. What really surprised me is how Intel is pricing their solution, making more powerful solutions such as the NVidia ION far more expensive. I was hoping that Intel would come up with something dazzling which would help shake up the netbook market, but now I think that the only netbooks I'll be considering or recommending for the next year will be those based on ION. While 3D performance is not required for most of what netbooks do now, I'm finding it becoming increasingly important. From casual games to Google Earth, the 3D boost is definately worth the extra power consumption.


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Anandtech Previews The Nvidia ION

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 07:30 PM

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3509

"NVIDIA’s Ion comes in as an alternative two-chip solution. The GeForce 9400M is a single chip, the other chip is the Atom, the two make up Ion. You get a modern memory controller as well, supporting both DDR2 and DDR3 memory (up to DDR3-1066). Graphics performance is better than Intel and you get full HD video decode support."

Anandtech has their hands on an NVidia ION reference platform and put the wee board through a quick set of benchmarks and tests. NVidia ION looks like it will give netbooks a chance to be more than a light duty computer. The pairing makes it possible to watch Bluray movies and play games, albeit with very low settings. Currently, Atom based netbooks run off of the aging 945G chipset. While capable, it doesn't take advantage of advancements over the past few years like faster memory. The tests Anandtech go through shows how much the Atom is hobbled with its current partner. Is the potential enough to make you wait on your ultra-portable purchase?


Thursday, December 18, 2008

NVIDIA Launches ION Graphics

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.liliputing.com/2008/12/n...r-netbooks.html

"NVIDIA has unveiled a new netbook platform that combines an NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GPU with an Intel Atom CPU to dramatically boost graphics performance on low power machines like netbooks and nettops. We first heard that NVIDIA was working on something like this a week and a half ago, and now the company says machines built around the platform could be ready to ship in the first half of 2009."

Anyone that has a netbook or an ultraportable knows that Intel's integrated graphics, while capable for regular 2D applications, is really lacking when it comes to 3D performance. NVIDIA appears to want to change all of that, pairing a GeForce 9400M with the Intel Atom. The 9400M is still classified as an IGP, but it performs considerably better than any solution from Intel. Supposedly, this new marriage won't drain any more power than an Atom/GMA 950 pairing as well. The only disappointment is that it will add a noticable price jump to netbooks. The great benefit I see from all of this is that even the humble netbook will be capable of 3D performance. Sure, it won't match a high performance rig, but it means that developers can work on applications knowing that 3D and powerful media capabilities are available.


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