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Microsoft certifies Nvidia's Ion platform

Microsoft certifies Nvidia's Ion platform

Microsoft has given Nvidia's low cost Ion platform Windows Vista WHQL certification. Nvidia expects the first Ion-based products to be released this summer.

Nvidia has announced that Microsoft has given the company's low cost Ion platform Windows Vista WHQL certification and expects the first products based on it to be released this summer.

The company said it is working with "Microsoft, PC manufacturers, software developers and Windows eco-system partners" to bring Ion-based PCs to market in a few months from now.

Ion-based mini-notebooks and small form factor desktop PCs are set to start at prices as low as $299 (£240 in the UK) and will deliver an appreciably better computing experience than existing products at this price point.

"Customers have told us they expect a full Windows experience across a variety of PC designs. What many people call a ‘netbook’ today is really a small notebook, and users expect it to perform like one," explained Mike Ybarra, general manager of the Windows division at Microsoft. "With Nvidia’s Ion platform combined with Windows Vista Home Premium, consumers can get an affordable, premium Windows experience in a small notebook or desktop form factor. From browsing the web and checking email to streaming music or watching movies, it’s an excellent solution for everyday computing."

To certify Nvidia's Ion platform, Nvidia says that Microsoft tested the platform to ensure it can deliver:
  • Silky smooth 1080p high definition video, including Blu-ray movies
  • Exciting video game play with support for Microsoft's DirectX 10 API
  • Support for premium Windows Vista features, including Aero Glass and Flip3D
  • GPU acceleration for faster photo editing and video transcoding
It seems that now all we're waiting for is for designs to start turning up - I guess we'll start to see them around the Computex timeframe in June. In the meantime, you can discuss the news in the forums.

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pendragon 13th February 2009, 15:16 Quote
while this is exciting, I'm guessing most netbooks are going to be a bit more than $299 USD :-/ .. looking forward to see what they come up with though
DXR_13KE 13th February 2009, 15:33 Quote
i am waiting for the desktop equivalents of this...
p3n 13th February 2009, 15:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
i am waiting for the desktop equivalents of this...

wat
GoodBytes 13th February 2009, 16:07 Quote
"Silky smooth 1080p..."
You can feel that with your sense of touch?
j/k
yakyb 13th February 2009, 16:25 Quote
i'm waiting for this for self build ould love to build a couple of these!!
Kode 13th February 2009, 16:39 Quote
i think this with a dual core atom and coreavc (which can now do hardware acceleration with CUDA) would make a very good HTPC
Vode 13th February 2009, 16:50 Quote
Can't wait for a ~1L enclosure with one of these, like we've seen for the Atom. Chuck it next to/behind/under TV, and insta-HTPC with low power usage and enough power for the lot :)
Sir Digby 13th February 2009, 19:10 Quote
Here's for hoping that the mini-itx motherboards can be brought on their own and are <£100 at least ;)
wafflesomd 13th February 2009, 23:12 Quote
Sheesh. $299? ONLY?

That's a steal really.
HourBeforeDawn 14th February 2009, 01:47 Quote
so Intel broke down and is allowing this now?
Burnout21 14th February 2009, 15:21 Quote
Hopes the new ITX boards will be sub £100, like current Atoms.

Would be an awesome little machine, PCI great for a decent sound card. HTPC all the way!
tranc3 15th February 2009, 22:55 Quote
looks like I'm waiting till this comes out to get my next laptop/netbook
wuyanxu 15th February 2009, 23:24 Quote
£240 isn't low..... but i don't mind a £400 netbook with that inside :) 1080p when plugged in, to a HD TV is that's most attractive.
n3mo 16th February 2009, 05:11 Quote
Am I the only one seeing something troubling in the fact that they had to get it m$-certified before releasing? This is kinda ridiculous - hardware manufacturers relying on a single software company before releasing their product. And another thing - Vista on Atom? Hell yeah, you'll have to wait a couple of minutes before all the "essential" bloatware loads just to watch something. Makes me lol so hard...
[USRF]Obiwan 16th February 2009, 11:11 Quote
If it is going to be cheap, in a small box with a LCD and Bluray drive running XBMC and displaying full hd MKV's, me want.
Sir Digby 16th February 2009, 15:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by n3mo
Am I the only one seeing something troubling in the fact that they had to get it m$-certified before releasing?
No point in releasing a product that isn't Microsoft certified - considering the market share that they have...
n3mo 22nd February 2009, 01:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sir Digby
No point in releasing a product that isn't Microsoft certified - considering the market share that they have...

And you think that's OK?
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