NVIDIA may have denied that it plans to launch a Tegra-powered mini-laptop under its own brand name. But the rumor appears to be picking up steam. SemiAccurate reports that NVIDIA has built a prototype called the Firefly, which could be out as soon as September.
The company is reportedly looking for ODM’s to build the smartbook, which would feature an ARM-based processor, NVIDIA graphics, and Windows CE. Then again, the web site reporting this rumor is called SemiAccurate, so take this with a grain of salt.
I think it’s also possible that NVIDIA is behind the Firefly design much the same way Intel is behind the Classmate PC netbook. Intel developed a series of reference designs which are sold under a variety of different brand names, including the CTL 2Go PC, Daewoo C920, Archos Classmate, and M&A Companion PC. If NVIDIA is taking a similar approach, that would explain why the company objected to reports that it would be releasing its own netbook.
via Netbook Choice