Nvidia's latest stab at an integrated graphics chipset could gain quite a strong following. Now that the GeForce 9400M is shipping in Apple's latest laptops, DigiTimes reports that four other major notebook vendors—Acer, Asus, Dell, and HP—also plan to launch notebooks with the same chipset this year.
DigiTimes got the skinny on one of those machines: Asus' F50GX gaming laptop, which will couple the 9400M with discrete GeForce 9600M graphics and a 16" 16:9 display. Asus has other 9400M-based machines in the pipeline, as well, and Nvidia reportedly expects more than 10 such systems from major notebook vendors by the end of 2008 or the beginning of 2009.
In fact, DigiTimes says "some notebook vendors" believe the GeForce 9400M may eventually account for 20% of Intel-based notebook platforms. It's not hard to see why some companies might pick it over Intel's own chipsets, though. The 9400M combines north bridge, GPU, and south bridge functionality on one chip, and its graphics core should perform significantly better than Intel's integrated graphics offerings. Check out our review of the GeForce 9300 for a detailed look at the 9400M's desktop cousin.