It looks like Acer is getting ready to break the mold with its upcoming Acer Aspire One 532G netbook. Sure, it will look virtually identical to the standard Aspire One 532H which is already available. But the 532G will be one of the first 10 inch netbooks with NVIDIA ION graphics. Oh yeah, and we’re talking NVIDIA ION 2 here.
As far as I know, NVIDIA still hasn’t officially introduced the ION 2 platform, but with Acer putting out its press release for the Aspire One 532G, it seems likely that NVIDIA will make an announcement soon.
The Acer press release doesn’t specifically refer to the chipset as ION 2, but it does mention a “next-generation NVIDIA ION GPU with dedicated 512MB memory. NVIDIA’s current ION technology uses an Intel Atom processor and replaces Intel’s integrated graphics with an NVIDIA solution. That’s not possible on computers with Intel Atom Pine Trail chips like the Aspire One 532G, because the graphics and processor are on the same piece of silicone. Instead, ION 2 will pair the Atom N450 chip with a switchable graphics card that will let you watch 1080p HD video on the netbook.
There aren’t a lot of additional details about the Aspire One 532G, but I’m pretty sure it will have a 10.1 inch, 1366 x 768 HD display, since the press release mentions playback of 720p video on the display and 1080p through an HDMI output. Update: Blogeee reports the notebook will have a 1024 x 600 pixel display. But that’s based on a tip from a “source,” so let’s take it with a grain of salt for now.
Sascha from Netbook News.de apparently got his hands on a demo model briefly this morning, and he posted an image of the device manager to TwitPic. And Notebook Italia has a hands-on video of the laptop playing HD video. You can check it out after the break.
Twenty bux says ION 2 is a GT218 core (same as G 210M).
I wish it was 11.6″ instead of 10.1″
Awesome. Now if someone can tell me how the ION 2 links to the computer and whether it really is able to be retrofitted into other netbooks after market or if this is a modified version that maintained the naming convention to make it harder for me to tell what the hell I’m buying exactly…
I’ll be curious to see what’s what.
It’s not a modified version of the original ION. That was an integrated GPU, really just a 9400M. Because the Pine Trail netbooks have the GPU built into the CPU, ION2 must be discrete. Judging by the pictures of a pre-production ION2 nettop, I’m going to go out on a not-so-limb and say that ION2 is basically the G 310M (GT218 core).
Acer has the right idea, updating current line of netbooks keeping the naming convention and limiting the confusion of having so many different models all at the same time keeping pricing down on a good quality product.
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