Report: Acer orders up Ion 2 graphics chips from Nvidia

Here’s more good news for Nvidia. According to DigiTimes, the company has already started getting orders for its next-gen Ion 2 graphics processor. The customer? None other than Acer, which became the world’s second-biggest PC vendor last quarter.

Crediting "sources from PC makers" for the tip, DigiTimes says Ion 2 will support Intel’s second-generation Atom processors for netbooks and nettops. These new Pineview Atoms will have built-in graphics cores and memory controllers, so an auxiliary chipset would be a tad redundant. Reportedly, though, the Intel incarnation of Ion 2 "will resemble and act more like a discrete GPU."

DigiTimes goes on to say Nvidia hasn’t given up on its plan to release a version of Ion or Ion 2 tailored for Via processors, and that product will indeed be a proper chipset. Nvidia has been promising such a product since April 2008, though, so we wouldn’t necessarily hold our breath.

In any case, backing from a major player like Acer could help Ion 2 products gain popularity. DigiTimes mentions that Acer’s Ion-powered AspireRevo nettops have "so far enjoyed strong sales."

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    • maroon1
    • 13 years ago

    Thats not true

    The new Atom actually have faster IGP called GMA 3150

    • ssway
    • 13 years ago

    I imagine we’ll be seeing the 9400M GPU successor coming to Macbook pros and Minis next spring 😉

    • jstern
    • 13 years ago

    If people do light work on a netbook, then that’s because that’s all that’s been capable with them. Don’t be so close minded, if it has more power then people will use it for more powerful things, or people who wouldn’t have gotten a netbook before because of its lack of power might now be interested in one. I would love to get a nettop for my television and twice the power for the same energy draw sounds good to me.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    It’s because Atom isn’t meant to be an ever-improving product in terms of raw speed, it’s meant to be an ever-improving product in terms of certain specific capabilities and even more so in power envelope. So unlike ‘normal’ CPUs we may not see Atom getting significantly faster over time but we will see it getting cheaper, more integrated, and more frugal when it comes to power draw.

    All Atom as a platform really needs is to be able to decode HD video. CULVs will spell the death of Atom for most ‘actual computer’ uses outside of the ultra price-conscious market.

    • stmok
    • 13 years ago

    Pretty much…Its said to have the *[

    • dklingen
    • 13 years ago

    This is really quite interesting with the Asus 1201N releasing on 1/15/10 (it has an Atom 330 and Ion version 1). I had though the Ion2 was a ways off. It is supposed to be double the performance of the Ion1. I have been trying to find the cheapest Netbook/Notebook that can stream Hulu and YouTube and the Asus 1201N was my target…what to do now…

    • 5150
    • 13 years ago

    Limited quantities = HUGE MARKUP! Ask NewEgg

    • KikassAssassin
    • 13 years ago

    My dyslexia kicked in and I read that as, “Acer orders up 2 Ion graphics chips from Nvidia”, and I was thinking, “Nvidia’s not going to make much money off of these things if that’s all they can sell.”

    • trinibwoy
    • 13 years ago

    The “new” Atoms have the same useless GMA950 graphics as the old ones, no improvement there. The only difference is that they moved it from the chipset over to the CPU die.

    • henfactor
    • 13 years ago

    High def (1080p) movie playback anyone? How about Flash acceleration?
    (Yeah I know flash sucks.. but still)

    • geekl33tgamer
    • 13 years ago

    l[<"the Intel incarnation of Ion 2 will resemble and act more like a discrete GPU."<]l Wow, this with an Atom CPU - -[

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