Nvidia platform for Via processors is still on the way

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has revealed that a version of his company’s Ion platform for Via processors will arrive later this year, DigiTimes reports. The graphics firm actually announced a platform for Via’s Nano processors all the way back in April 2008, long before we heard anything about Ion.

DigiTimes doesn’t say much about the upcoming Via platform, although it notes that Nvidia and Via showed a system with a Nano processor and GeForce 9400 integrated graphics at Computex 2008 last June. That probably means the Via-bound Ion 2 platform will be very much like its Intel counterpart—except with potentially faster processors.

In our benchmarks, we saw that a 1.8GHz Nano often outran a single-core 1.6GHz Atom. Intel does make dual-core Atoms now, though, and Nvidia included one with its Ion reference system. Last we heard, Nano will make the move to dual-core at the end of this year.

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    • dustyjamessutton
    • 11 years ago

    Honestly, we just need a new cpu architecture. the x86 cpu is old and outdated, we need something new that will perform better. Sure, it would be a slow adoption process and a pain in the butt and wallet to switch over, but in the end it might pay off. Then again, it might put the world in financial ruin.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 11 years ago

      Well no need to worry about the last bit we’re already well on our way there :p

      Larabee may throw a big whahuh? in to the main thrust of your post. If x86 can make the transition to highly parallelized GPGPU streaming apps through Larabee then it may be relevant and useful for a long time. Of course we will have to wait and see.

      • eitje
      • 11 years ago

      Yeah! Like, some kind of Instruction Architecture that’s truly 64-bit!

        • randomhack
        • 11 years ago

        Like the IA64. Yeah .. that sure changed the world.

          • eitje
          • 11 years ago

          you got my joke! :’)

      • Anonymous Coward
      • 11 years ago

      Bring on the brilliance that is IA64, I say!

    • Scrotos
    • 11 years ago

    So now that Intel’s suing nvidia, nvidia’s bringing this platform out again after shunning it for a year? HAH, INTEL! WE DON’T NEED YOU! WE HAVE OTHER FRIENDS! [nvidia walks away sullenly, looking wistfully over its shoulder and then goes to sulk with its pal Via]

    • ish718
    • 11 years ago

    I want to see VIA rise, it will only make things more interesting in the CPU market.
    I wish they could get those dual core nanos out sooner 😐

      • VILLAIN_xx
      • 11 years ago

      I second that. They have a good lookin product right now. I wish they would get dual core faster + a decent marketing campaign.

    • Hattig
    • 11 years ago

    If NVIDIA want to survive to 2015 they’ll need a CPU, and they won’t be making one themselves that won’t get embroiled in litigation.

    VIA’s Nano is the obvious solution. This can be NVIDIA’s answer to Intel+Larrabee, AMD+ATI, etc. If they can negotiate an MCM deal, with the nano and the 9400M (or successor) on a single package, then you will have a very compelling offering that isn’t subpar to the competitors MCM offerings.

    • ludi
    • 11 years ago

    I expect complete, Real Soon Now availability of this exciting product right until the second Intel and Nvidia renegotiate their chipset license for more favorable treatment of Atom and Core i7.

    • d2brothe
    • 11 years ago

    Via products are always interesting sounding…too bad they’re never available in products. At least now the chipset will be…

    Caveat…I know…you probably can *FIND* them somewhere…but they’re not exactly common. Given the popularity of the Atom this should have been Via’s big chance to take a major market segment. They’ve been doing this type of CPU for years.

      • GFC
      • 11 years ago

      Well.. they still can, if nV and VIA deal works out – it might actually be a killer HTPC/portable/w.e. you want to call it, it still has the potential.

      • eitje
      • 11 years ago

      i am a VIA fanboy, and i react viscerally to your comments.

      i agree with them, but that doesn’t make me less emotional.

        • swaaye
        • 11 years ago

        were there tears? sudden burst of inner rage followed by a zen-like acceptance of the futility?

          • BiffStroganoffsky
          • 11 years ago

          eitje’s tear ducts were probably brazed shut and eyelashes seared off as a consequence of getting too close the the original VIA/CYRIX processors/hotplates of yesteryear.

          • eitje
          • 11 years ago

          rage, followed by futility.

          i wanted to argue. i wanted to gnash my teeth and churn the dark waters of the Internet until it colored with the blood of my enemies. i wanted to sound like the hundreds of self-righteous that charge to the defense of their favorite computing hardware manufacturer in zealous agreement.

          but he’s right. VIA launches into niche channels, and can never seem to do more than capture passing interest. they could make sex on a stick (exists) and muck up its distribution.

          maybe this is what it feels like to be a VIA fanboy – maybe this is the zelous agreement that we come to…

          our company is a daydreaming genius.

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