by David Ragones

We’re very excited to announce that the next-generation NVIDIA ION graphics processor is here! It features up to 10 times faster graphics performance than standard netbooks, and will deliver up to 10 hours of battery life in netbooks thanks to NVIDIA Optimus technology.*

The new ION graphics processing unit (GPU) outperforms basic netbook graphics by delivering rich HD media in games, movies and Internet-based video. Unlike netbooks with Intel integrated graphics, ION netbooks have the power to play HD video smoothly from sites like YouTube and support popular PC games like the upcoming StarCraft 2.

Next Gen ION 1201PN
Next Gen ION Acer_Aspire_One
Next Gen ION Lenovo_C200

More than 30 products featuring the new ION
GPU will be introduced by this summer, including netbooks, nettops and
all-in-one systems.

The new ION netbooks also feature NVIDIA’s new Optimus technology, which automatically selects the best graphics processor for running any given application – seamlessly routing the workload to either an NVIDIA discrete GPU or Intel integrated graphics. The result is great battery life and superior performance when you need it.

More than 30 products featuring the new ION GPU are expected to launch by this summer including netbooks, small form factor desktops, “barebones” systems, motherboards, and discrete add-in cards. The Acer Aspire One 532G (10-inch) and ASUS Eee PC 1201PN (12-inch) are expected to be the first new ION netbooks to be introduced. New all-in-one PCs powered by next-generation ION will include the ASUS EeeTop 2010PNT and Lenovo C200. A number of other ION-based products will be launched by channel partners including AOpen, AsRock, Asus, Foxconn, J&W, Pegatron, POV, Shuttle, and Zotac.

Next Gen ION EBOX1501_w_Right

*- With 6-cell 5600mAh battery pack. The listed battery life is based on MobileMark 2007 productivity mode testing with wireless on. Actual battery life varies by model, configuration, applications, power management settings, operating conditions, and utilized features. Next-Generation NVIDIA ION versus intel GMA 3150 on Atom N450. 1GB DDR2-667. 3DMark 2006 score: 1863 vs. 144