According to Nvidia, their Ion platform paired with an Atom chip is capable of running modern games such as Call of Duty 4 on lowered settings and even running operating systems like Vista or Windows 7 – assuming you have the necessary RAM. It should also open the door for netbook models with HDMI outputs, capable of pushing out 1080p high-definition content.
The company is expected to demonstrate the Ion platform at next month’s CES, and to have systems ready by mid-2009, once it gets some partners on board to bring this to market. While exact pricing has not been made public, Nvidia says Ion should add around $50 to the cost of a netbook.
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