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Nvidia's president, Jen-Hsun Huang, says that the Ion 2 will use VIA's Nano processor, and will be available later this year
Now that Nvidia’s relationship with Intel is starting to look decidedly like a messy divorce, the company’s president, Jen-Hsun Huang, has revealed that the company’s next-generation Ion platform will be based on VIA’s Nano CPU, rather than Intel’s Atom.

Huang revealed the news in a sit down discussion with Taiwanese tech site Digitimes, in which he reportedly said that the Ion 2 platform is already in development and will arrive later this year. Announced in December last year, the first-generation Ion boards are targeted at both the netbook and small form factor PC markets, and are built on a tiny motherboard that incorporates an Intel Atom CPU, as well as an Nvidia chip that contains a Northbridge, Southbridge and GeForce 9400M GPU on a single die.

However, Nvidia has been rumoured to have had a Nano-supporting chipset in the works since the middle of 2008. The move to supporting VIA’s Nano CPU on the next Ion platform would give Nvidia a complete PC system without any involvement with its immediate competitors – Intel or AMD.

Huang hasn’t been afraid to give his opinion about Intel after the company initiated legal proceedings against Nvidia at the beginning of this week. The claims revolve around Nvidia’s claims that it has a license to make chipsets for Intel’s CPUs that have an integrated memory controller, and Intel says that Nvidia has no such license. Speaking frankly in an official statement, Huang claimed that ‘at the heart of this issue is that the CPU has run its course and the soul of the PC is shifting quickly to the GPU. This is clearly an attempt to stifle innovation to protect a decaying CPU business.’

The statement also implied that the reason for the legal dispute was Intel’s fear that the Ion platform would threaten its stronghold, saying that ‘innovations like Ion, SLI, Hybrid power, and CUDA threaten Intel’s ability to control the PC platform.’ Unafraid to put the boot in, the statement also pointed out that ‘when combined with a CPU, Ion enables a two-chip PC architecture for Intel processors two years ahead of Intel’s own solution. In addition, the ION platform offers 10x the performance of Intel’s current three chip design.’
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if they cancel the atom version i foresee some nice Nano sales, but but if not, the dualcore atom should prove more popular.
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If Intel don't come up with something new(and by new, I don't mean slagging the competitors off) soon-ish, they could be under threat. While the Atom is a nice idea in theory, I can't help but feel it missed the mark. They could have captured the small laptop market as well as the netbook market with a bit more performance, or made a netbook with a 5 hour battery life, but they've done neither. If this Nvidia/Nano combo provides bang-for-buck, all Intel will have to go on is their name
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If Intel don't come up with something new(and by new, I don't mean slagging the competitors off) soon-ish, they could be under threat. While the Atom is a nice idea in theory, I can't help but feel it missed the mark. They could have captured the small laptop market as well as the netbook market with a bit more performance, or made a netbook with a 5 hour battery life, but they've done neither. If this Nvidia/Nano combo provides bang-for-buck, all Intel will have to go on is their name
Aom's replacement Pineview is due later this year. It will be the CPU, GPU, and memory controller in a single package. This will come with reduced costs, better performance, improve thermals, and lower power consumption.
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Aom's replacement Pineview is due later this year. It will be the CPU, GPU, and memory controller in a single package. This will come with reduced costs, better performance, improve thermals, and lower power consumption.
Will it be enough though? Let's not forget that we're now talking about Ion 2 here.
    
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