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NVIDIA Ion + Intel Atom = Competant Netbooks

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I’m not discounting my current Dell Mini 9’s performance. It is fine for what I need to do, but that’s not to say that it couldn’t be better. For example, it struggles to decode compressed high definition video content. To be frank, the Intel GMA 950 is a poor excuse for a graphics chip.

To save the ultra portable and bite sized computing market from a future of limited video processing is the NVIDIA Ion platform which was unveiled at CES 2009. It’s powered by an NVIDIA GeForce 9400M — the exact same GPU chipset that powers the new Apple MacBooks. This little puppy includes not only a beefy GPU and Intel Atom compatibility, but also other noteworthy features such as:

  • Dual-link DVI Output
  • Gigabit Ethernet 
  • SATA 3 Gbps
  • HD 7.1-channel LCPM audio
  • One 1066 MHz DDR3 compatible SO-DIMM slot

Please accept this platform and make more netbooks out of this, manufacturers!

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