Asus preps Tegra-based Eee Pad, Eee PC with Ion 2

You know that Eee Pad Asus is rumored to have in the works? The folks at DigiTimes have gotten word from their many industry sources that the device will make its first public appearance at the next Computex trade show in early June.

DigiTimes says its sources expect the Eee Pad to have a Tegra system-on-a-chip inside and a price tag under $500. The story doesn’t say which generation of Tegra processor will be used, but since Nvidia launched the new Tegra earlier this month, Asus doesn’t seem very likely to release a device with a first-gen Tegra SoC five months later.

In related news, DigiTimes brings word of an upcoming 12.1″ Eee PC that will include Nvidia’s still-unannounced Ion 2 graphics processor. You can reportedly look forward to that system in April. The rumor mill suggests that, unlike the first Ion chipset, Ion 2 will essentially be a discrete graphics processor. Ion 2 should cohabitate with Intel’s new Atom processors, which already have a built-in memory controller and graphics core.

The same report says Asus will introduce 12.1″ Eee PCs featuring AMD’s Congo platform in February with Taiwanese pricing around $18,000 TWD ($560 U.S.). DigiTimes is presumably referring to that Eee PC 1201T we saw at CES. The 1201T has an Athlon Neo MV-40 processor, Radeon HD 3200 integrated graphics, a 12.1″ 1366×768 display, and a six-hour battery.

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    • Majiir Paktu
    • 13 years ago

    Should I be looking forward to this, or just grab the existing 1201N instead?

    (No, “neither” is not a worthwhile response.)

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    It doesn’t have NV’s crappy I/O and memory controllers attached? 😀

    • sweatshopking
    • 13 years ago

    lol lol lol FERMI IS THE WIN HOT == GOOD I LOVE RENAMING!!!!!!! i actually have only ever bought nvidia gpus. i had an x1600 but it was given to me

    • [TR]
    • 13 years ago

    Exactly!!!!!!
    Because in the end it’s just another 8800GT in disguise!!!!!

    • sweatshopking
    • 13 years ago

    THE NAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • wira020
    • 13 years ago

    If ION 2 is a discrete gpu, what makes it any different then other discreet gpu available in the market now? The first version kinda make sense.

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