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Pioneer DreamBook Lite U11a to feature discrete graphics option

Pioneer Australia offering an 11.6 inch laptop called the DreamBook Lite U11a which looks like it will be available with a discrete graphics option in the future. Right now, the only version of this laptop available for purchase comes with a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor and Intel GMA 3150 intergrated graphics. But on the […]

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NVIDIA ION 2 to support Optimus graphics switching power management features

NVIDIA is introducing a new technology that allows computers with integrated and dedicated graphics cards to seamlessly switch between the two. If you’re surfing the web, you probably don’t need your high performance, energy-hungry NVIDIA graphics card to kick in and suck your laptop’s battery dry. But when you’re watching an HD movie, playing a […]

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The Pine Trail nettops are coming soon… along with NVIDIA ION 2

Over the past month or so we’ve seen a number of PC makers introduce new netbooks with Intel’s latest Atom N450 Pine Trail processors. But what about the desktop equivalents? Asus, MSI, ASRock, Zotac, Shuttle, and a number of other nettop makers are still selling mini-desktop PCs with Intel Atom 230 and 330 processors which […]

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NVIDIA ION 2 could just be an NVIDIA GeForce G310 graphics card

NVIDIA is expected to launch the next-generation of its ION platform within the next few months. The original NVIDIA ION chipset took an Intel Atom N270 or N280 processor and scrapped the normal integrated GMA 950 graphics to replace it with higher performance GeForce 9400M graphics. But since Intel’s new Pine Trail platform bundles the […]

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Zotac showcases nettops, laptops, and maybe ION 2 at CES

I didn’t get a chance to stop by the Zotac booth at CES last week,but the folks at Tech Report have a roundup of items that were on display.  One of the most interesting is a version of the Zotac MAG nettop. The original version of this mini-laptop shipped with an Intel Atom 230 or […]

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Next-generation NVIDIA ION platform coming in early 2010

The NVIDIA ION chipset bundles a low power Intel Atom processor with high performance NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics. The end result is that you can watch HD video or play some modern video games on a notebook or low power desktop without greatly sacrificing battery life or portability. NVIDIA was already showing off the chipset […]