Laptop tests a computer powered by a reference design of Nvidia’s Ion platform, a combination of an Intel Atom processor and a GeForce 9400 graphics chip, which Nvidia hopes will start finding its way into netbooks. (Intel isn’t exactly so excited about it.) After seeing the results of the test, I want it, too: 7.1 HD Audio, 1080p video playback, 3D performance that might actually be useful for gaming. Of course it’ll affect battery life, but that’s fine. I’d rather have the ability to do those things when I choose than never be able to do them at all.
Nvidia says Ion-powered netbooks are coming by the second quarter. My great netbook purchasing wait continues!
Nvidia Ion Reference PC [LaptopMag.com]
Update: Tech Report took a look, too.