Nvidia confirms Ion platform for Via CPUs

By Justin Mann on February 20, 2009, 4:39 PM
Nvidia may be duking it out with Intel right now, but one company they are apparently on good terms with is Via. CEO Jen-Jsun Huang has recently revealed that Nvidia is working with Via to develop motherboards based around the Ion platform which can make use of Via's Nano processors. The deal, which apparently was being negotiated as long as a year ago, will come to fruition with a hardware release scheduled for sometime this year. The development could be going towards netbook manufacture, but also may be destined for low-cost desktop PCs.

This may be an “alternative” strategy for Nvidia, assuming that things do not go well with Intel. If they prefer not to couple Atom CPUs with their Ion platform, Via is the next best bet for a low-power CPU. Via has also been looking for every opportunity they can to get the Nano out there, and coupling with a hotly anticipated platform is exactly what they need. Nvidia still has Atom-based platforms due, which will most likely launch first.




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poundsmack said:
VIA is trying ot get their CPU out there as much as possible and snag as many sales/brand recognition as possible. BUT VIA is using Nvidia as an alternative (unless their plans have changed). nvidia will help get their name out (as well as sell more of their own product) so its a nice mutual relationship. The one this is, VIA has their trinity platform ( [url]http://www.via.com.tw/en/initiatives/spearhead/trinity/
/url] ) and is actively developing and pursuing it.They recently released a new GPU and graphics card update under their S3 line and are starting ot actually be competitive. I am interested to see what the future hold for VIA, I hope great things personaly.
Julio said:
You may remember Via used to be one of the top players in the mainboard chipset market, but those days are over. They belong to the struggling kind now, despite of having a few very interesting products under their umbrella.
sngx1275 said:
I recently read a review somewhere comparing the Nanos to the Atoms, the nano absolute destroys the atom in performance and only uses a tiny bit more power. The atom really is a POS for anything other than a PDA compared to the Nano.
captain828 said:
Definitely looking forward to seeing VIA's Nano CPU and the Ion platform together.@sngx1275:+1Also, [URL=http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&ta
k=view&id=9885&Itemid=40&limit=1&limitstart=1]here's a link[/URL] for non-believers ;)[Edited by captain828 on 2009-02-21 01:27:58]
Von Riff said:
[b]Originally posted by Julio:[/b][quote]You may remember Via used to be one of the top players in the mainboard chipset market, but those days are over. They belong to the struggling kind now, despite of having a few very interesting products under their umbrella.[/quote]i guess if they have good relations with nvidia...they wont be a struggling kind anymore...n nano is one interesting stuff
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