NVIDIA's Ion Small Form-Factor PC Platform

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At the Consumer Electronics Show this past week, NVIDIA was demonstrating a new reference platform for an ultra small form-factor multimedia PC and we should underscore the word "ultra".  To say this new product concept is tiny would be an understatement.  Consider if you will, an entire PC, capable of decoding and playing full 1080p HD video content, in a box that fits in the palm of your hand with a 3" x 4" motherboard. 





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ice91785 replied on Mon, Jan 12 2009 2:12 PM

I decided that mITX and SFF are my favorite types of PCs..... this definitely makes me smile

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Dave_HH replied on Mon, Jan 12 2009 2:22 PM

The thing is sweet for sure. I could see it nestled in with the rest of my TV and Stereo equipment, running off that HDMI output.

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Very cool PC, I Liked the video you had of it at CES as well. It should almost take the place of a HTPC, if you used the ESATA ports for a few 1TB stand alone hard drives.

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Dave_HH replied on Mon, Jan 12 2009 3:49 PM

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Very cool PC, I Liked the video you had of it at CES as well. It sould almst take the place of a HTPC, if you used the ESATA ports for a few 1TB stand alone hard drives.

 

 

 

Exactly, Der... It's got the expansion but also has a 2.5" notebook drive built in and you can get up to even 500G now in that form factor.

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ice91785 replied on Mon, Jan 12 2009 5:17 PM

Your only limiter would be that it looks like it only holds one 2.5" drive -- at the moment this means no more than 500GB of storage -- unless you put all kinds of ext hdds with the unit i guess but what'd be the point of having a sleek computer with dongles and drives all over hanging off of it?

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3vi1 replied on Mon, Jan 12 2009 6:16 PM

I want one in my car!

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sweet little peice of gear. I am sure you could hook it up to a NAS or something for more storage.

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peti1212 replied on Mon, Jan 12 2009 7:58 PM

40Mbps 1080p video? It's hard to believe but if it is really that fast, then I am very impressed. I want one, lol. I could see some day in my life for my children (if I will have some) to have something like this for school. As technology gets better, I bet it will get incorporated into everyday school life.

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tanka12345 replied on Mon, Jan 12 2009 11:00 PM

Like Pete too, I find it hard to believe. Although, is an Atom fast enough to decode HD video? I would of thought they would use a low power Core 2 Duo instead, as the two cores would help alot. I wonder how much these would cost.

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Dave_HH replied on Mon, Jan 12 2009 11:21 PM

tanka12345:

Like Pete too, I find it hard to believe. Although, is an Atom fast enough to decode HD video? I would of thought they would use a low power Core 2 Duo instead, as the two cores would help alot. I wonder how much these would cost.


 

It's the IGP in the GeForce 9400M doing the decode and it nearly offloads the host processor completely.

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tanka12345 replied on Tue, Jan 13 2009 12:26 AM

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tanka12345:

Like Pete too, I find it hard to believe. Although, is an Atom fast enough to decode HD video? I would of thought they would use a low power Core 2 Duo instead, as the two cores would help alot. I wonder how much these would cost.

It's the IGP in the GeForce 9400M doing the decode and it nearly offloads the host processor completely.

If that is so Dave, it looks like a very appealing platform. The only issue I have with it now is the fact that AMD is not associated with this great technology. A key question: Where does AMD fit into all of this? Think about it. AMD could suddenly pop up with a platform likely to be better because they won't have any issues about different parties making different components. AMD and ATI could work in harmony using possibly a mobile 4000 series GPU and one of their dual core processors. I hope they do try and do something, as Intel and Nvidia will benefit from that platform. (Although it could provide greater rewards to focus more on desktop processors and even faster GPUs) Wink)

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My netbook drops frames even at 720p. If that tells you about the Atoms HD ability. The 9400m would do the job I'm sure though. I really like this little guy a lot. I also saw a ITX board from CES with wifi, socket 775, and a PCIe slot. That thing looked nice.

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I thought that the main stumbling block with Ion and netbook/ small form factor was Intel itself not wanting to work with the Ion platform and remain with its own chipset? Imagine a netbook factor/ windows 7 and Ion it would be all but perfect for the daily commute!

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ice91785 replied on Tue, Jan 13 2009 10:26 AM

bob_on_the_cob:
My netbook drops frames even at 720p.

 

The question is...why are you watching HD media on a 7" screen???!!??! Stick out tongue

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Output to my TV. Failed experiment.

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jaynoon replied on Wed, Jan 14 2009 5:06 PM

There was nothing in the story about when we might to see actual products based on Atom/Ion..  Any clues?

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Dave_HH replied on Wed, Jan 14 2009 6:09 PM

jaynoon:

There was nothing in the story about when we might to see actual products based on Atom/Ion..  Any clues?

 

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BassKozz replied on Sun, Jan 18 2009 1:28 PM

MythTV .22, When will you be released so that we can take advantage of VDPAU (out of trunk)?

This will make a great front-end for MythTV to play HD h.264 1080p videos w/ VDPAU on.

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