Computex: Nvidia-based Netbooks, Desktops and MIDs Take Center Stage

Nvidia has launched a full scale assault on Intel's generally lackluster integrated graphics. Around 20 Nvidia Ion-based netbooks, all-in-one PCs, nettops and motherboards have been unveiled here in Taipei. At least two of which we already knew about, including Acer's AspireRevo mini desktop and Lenovo's IdeaPad S12 netbook.

MSI's Ion-based Windtop AE2201 will run Windows 7 and have a multi-touch screen when it launches later this year for around $750.
Nvidia is also showcasing a handful of partner-built 'Mobile Internet Devices' that use its Tegra 'computer-on-a-chip' platform. Though Intel categorizes MIDs as handheld devices, Nvidia is using the term more loosely; its line-up includes netbooks and a tablet PC. With carrier subsidies, Tegra-based laptops could start as low as $99 when launched later this year. They'll face competition from similar 'Smartbooks' using Qualcomm's rival, and also ARM-based, Snapdragon platform. To that end, Nvidia has already started work on Tegra II.

Meanwhile, the company is aiming its Ion platform at upcoming Windows 7 systems and, by year's end, hopes to place it in PCs that use Via's Nano processor, such as the just-announced Shuttle XS29 mini PC.

We'll have to wait and see which of the products below actually get some US game-time, but they sure look perrty.

Nvidia Ion Details:

- Support for Windows 7 and Windows Vista Home Premium
- Low-power CPUs including Intel Atom, Intel Celeron, and Via Nano processors
- 1080p HD video with 7.1 audio
- DirectX 10 graphics
- Accelerated video enhancement and transcoding using NVIDIA CUDA and DirectX

New products include:

All-in-One PC

Asus EeeTop ET2002

Asus EeeTop ET2002ECS Morph-I
Flextronics Cobra-2
ICD Kitchen PC
Pegatron All-in-one IPP7A-DF2
TCL All-in-one Ruiyi 1010

Netbook

Lenovo IdeaPad S12
Telcast Notebook TL-1000N

Lenovo IdeaPad S12
Weibu Notebook N10A

Nettop / Mini Desktop PC

Acer AspireRevo
MSI Windbox D200
AsRock ION 330
Colorful iHTPC
ECS 7AT-3L
Flextronics Dove-2
Funtwist FION 330
Pegatron IPP7A-CP

MSI Windbox D200
Motherboards
ASUS C2N7A-I
Pegatron IPX7A-ION
Zotac ION-ITX

Nvidia Tegra Details:

- Support for WiFi, 3G and/or WiMax
- 1080p HD video playback for up to 10 hours

Funtwist FION 330
- Adobe Flash acceleration
- Music playback for 25 days straight on one charge
- Video games at 46 frames per second

New products include:

Netbook
Compal Communications CN88
Mobinnova ViewBook N910
Pegatron Vivid

AsRock ION 330
Wistron M5
Inventec Applications Corp. Rainbow

Tablet
ICD Ultra
Mobinnova Mabo

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