Acer will ship Ion 2 netbook next month


— 9:36 AM on February 16, 2010

We're not seeing anything in Nvidia's online press room, but it sure looks like Acer has broken the news about the company's Ion 2 graphics processor. Acer says its Aspire One 532G will be the "the world's first netbook with dedicated next-generation NVIDIA ION graphics acceleration" when it starts shipping at the end of this quarter.

The netbook will have a 10.1-inch "Hi-Def" display, an Intel Atom N450 processor, Wi-Fi, optional 3G, and a next-gen Ion graphics processor with 512MB of dedicated memory and an HDMI output. There will also be an AC adapter that's "lighter than typical adapters, saves 1/3 charging time and comes with interchangeable AC converters." Acer further claims the Aspire One 532G will have a 1" thickness, a weight of 2.2 lbs, and up to 10 hours of battery life.

One of the keys to the high rated battery life will no doubt be Nvidia's Optimus switchable graphics technology, which should allow the Aspire One 532G to switch back and forth between its power-sipping integrated GPU and Nvidia discrete GPU seamlessly depending on what the user is doing. The Ion GPU could start up when the user plays an HD video, for instance, then go back to sleep as soon as that's done. Nvidia's original Ion chipset couldn't do that, since it completely replaced the Intel integrated graphics.

The folks at Notebook Italia have posted a YouTube video of the Aspire One 532G playing a high-definition Windows Media Video clip. CPU usage does spike up, but playback seems to remain smooth nonetheless. The netbook doesn't look like anything out of the ordinary from a physical standpoint, though. (Thanks to Engadget for the link.)

   
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