Acer Aspire One 532G gets cancelled

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on June 19th, 2010

Bad news if you have been waiting for the Acer Aspire One 532G netbook. It has been cancelled due to technical problems which made it impossible for Acer to deliver the netbook on time. NVIDIA failed to deliver on the performance front.

Right now we don’t have any other details, but it seems strange that they wouldn’t just push back the date. And a 10″ netbook is a common device that other companies roll out easily.

Ion Twin Video camcorder records two ways at once

Posted in Camcorders by Shane McGlaun on January 22nd, 2010

Small camcorders like the Flip line and the myriad of other cheap and pocketable camcorders on the market are very popular. A new camcorder turned up during CES this month that we missed with the glut of new gear hitting the market.

The camcorder is called the Ion Twin Video. The camera has a lens on the front and the back that allows the user to record themselves and a subject at the same time. You could use the camera to record interviews or a game and your reaction to the game.

iPhone gets a full-size QWERTY keyboard

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 10th, 2010

Now here’s how you turn your iPhone into a PC. Ion has two prototype full-size keyboards for the Apple iPhone. As you can see you just dock your iPhone in and type away.

One of the prototypes uses flat, MacBook-style keys, and the other uses standard PC keyboard keys. It’s called the iType. The keyboard has its own battery, which can also charge the iPhone. I guess it’s a good idea if you are at home with a million emails to sort through.

Asus unveils full specs for Eee 1201N netbook

Posted in ASUS by Shane McGlaun on November 20th, 2009

eee1201n-lg-apcAsus announced yesterday that it would be adding NVIDA Ion graphics to several of its Eee computers in different lines. One of the machines getting the Ion power was the Eee 1201N netbook. Today Asus has unveiled the full specs for the 1201N and it should be a great little netbook.

In addition to the Ion lovin’ on the graphics front, the machine gets an Intel Atom 330 dual-core processor. The machine uses the new style chicklet keyboard, which is full size in this case. The machine gets a 12.1-inch LCD with a resolution of 1366 x 768.

Samsung bringing NVIDIA Ion-powered netbook to market

Posted in NVIDIA by Shane McGlaun on July 1st, 2009

samsungionnetbook-sbSince January when the Ion platform from NVIDIA first launched, not many netbooks or nettops have taken advantage of the HD capable platform that crams a 9400M GPU into the netbook chassis. A few machines have trickled onto the market using Ion but not as many as NVIDIA had hoped.

NVIDIA has confirmed that Samsung will be launching an Ion-powered netbook model soon. The GPU maker won’t confirm details like model, specs, or pricing other to say its Ion platform is being used.

Maingear Pulse is world’s greenest gaming PC

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on June 5th, 2009

maingearpulse-sbOne thing that most gaming PCs have in common is that they pack the highest performance parts they can get their hands on into a rig that sucks down power like a Hummer slurps fuel. With more people looking to go green, I guess it was inevitable that a green gaming rig was launched.

Maingear has announced the Pulse gaming PC, which it claims to be the world’s greenest gaming PC. The rig is based on the NVIDIA Ion platform and it is also the world’s first upgradable Ion PC. The small form factor machine can be upgraded from Ion graphics to an NVIDIA 9800 ECO video card that needs 40% less power than a typical 9800 GT requires.

Nvidia ION Netbooks coming in June

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2009

Toshiba Mini NB200 Netbook with 9-Cell batteryThe netbook will soon get a graphics boost, with a number of companies preparing to announce Nvidia ION powered models. Word is, there should be some big announcements from “key” players at Computex, the annual PC trade show in Taipei at the beginning of June. This thanks to Pocket-Lint’s man inside.

The computer uses an Intel Atom chip as standard netbooks, but uses the new graphics chip from Nvidia called ION to allow users to use more demanding applications. Users will be able to view 1080p content and play games like Spore and Portal.

Acer Hornet NVIDIA Ion nettop leaks

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on February 26th, 2009

Acer Hornet NVIDIA Ion nettop leaksSome leaked Acer slides suggest the company is planning a high-end nettop device with NVIDIA’s Ion graphics chipset. The Acer Hornet is a compact computer with either a dual or single-core Intel Atom processor, together with the 1080p-capable Ion, and be optionally VESA mounted on the back of a monitor.

We don’t have full specifications for the Acer Hornet, but we do know it has an HDMI output and a Wiimote-style motion-sensitive remote that can be used for gaming and and general control. The slides also suggest that the Hornet is “silent” while operating.

Intel says it won’t try to kill NVIDIA’s Ion platform

Posted in Intel by Shane McGlaun on December 26th, 2008

NVIDIA IonIntel and NVIDIA aren’t exactly the best of friends. Just when things were looking up in the relationship thanks to NVIDIA allowing SLI on the Intel X58 chipset, NVIDIA ousts Intel as the GPU of choice in the new MacBooks.

A rumor circulated around the Internet that claimed Intel may be looking to kill NVIDIA’s new Ion platform that combines the Intel Atom CPU with an NVIDIA 9400 GPU. The rumor had Intel only selling the Atom CPU with its 945 chipset.

NVIDIA Ion platform combines Intel Atom and 9400 GPU

Posted in NVIDIA by Shane McGlaun on December 18th, 2008

NVIDIA IonI am a big fan of netbook computers. I have tested several and found them to be great for reducing my load when traveling to places like CES. The catch is that netbooks offer little graphics power meaning that you get a less than ideal HD video and gaming experience on most netbook computers.

NVIDIA announced a new platform this week called Ion that promises to provide Intel Atom powered netbooks and net tops with the graphics muscle they need for better HD video viewing and even PC gaming.

ION Drum Rocker for Rock Band 2 available

Posted in Controllers,Games by Shane McGlaun on September 15th, 2008

ION Drum RockerRock Band has proven to be one of the most successful games in the music genre. This weekend the Xbox 360 version of Rock Band 2 launched and brought with it new accessories for the game. One of the coolest is a new drum kit from ION.

The ION Drum Rocker for the Xbox 360 is now available. The kit has an all-metal bass pedal and can have up to three cymbal pads attached to it for a more realistic drumming experience. The kit can also support a second bass pedal.