According to Fudzilla, Nvidia told the site in a conference call that it would launch its Ion 2 graphics chip sometime next quarter. The GPU maker "went on the record" to say that the next-generation Ion chip won't be released at January's CES. However, many Nvidia partners at the event, including Asus, HP, Lenovo, and MSI, will showcase the chip.

Citing anonymous sources, Fudzilla also mentioned a few possible specifications. The site claims the Ion 2 may have 32 or even 40 stream processors -- up from 16 in the current Ion -- and looks more like a discrete GPU than an all-in-one chipset. That makes sense, as Intel's upcoming Atom processors will have built-in memory controllers and integrated graphics.

This news comes after Acer reportedly placed an order for the Ion 2, which the company will inevitably use in its revamped low-powered systems, such as the AspireRevo nettop or Aspire One netbook.