Friday, December 26th 2008

Intel Denies False Report - No one Prevents Vendors from Using NVIDIA's Ion Platform

For good or for bad, it seems that DigiTimes was wrong on Intel and NVIDIA's plans about the future of netbooks. Recently DigiTimes reported that Intel is to forbid using of NVIDIA's brand new GeForce 9400 chipset also known as the Ion platform. Now, two days after the report, Intel spokesman said there is no such thing:
There is nothing preventing vendors from using the Ion platform. We sell Atom as a stand-alone processor, or as package with chipset,
said Bill Calder, an Intel spokesman, in an e-mail sent to InternetNews.com. It's the manufacturers of the netbooks who will decide whether or not to combo the Atom with NVIDIA's chipset and powerful graphics core.Source: InternetNews
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12 Comments on Intel Denies False Report - No one Prevents Vendors from Using NVIDIA's Ion Platform

#1
Binge
Overclocking Surrealism
digi times had a hard time coming out with holiday buzz? Pshhhh... poor form.
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eidairaman1
Intel should make this embedded platform only.
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: eidairaman1
Intel should make this embedded platform only.
Could you elaborate?
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WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
I think he means where its built into the boards, kind of like IGPs.
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Haytch
Thats good news. I started to get worried that perhaps Intel was going to keep little Atom to themselves. Im constantly playing with my HTPC, and when i saw the ION i knew that with some minor modifications i could turn that little baby into the perfect HTPC.

Digitimes, thanks for getting me worried. I actually know of several cases where people wanted to await the ION's release but after the Digireport decided to source other options.
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3870x2
by: Haytch
Thats good news. I started to get worried that perhaps Intel was going to keep little Atom to themselves. Im constantly playing with my HTPC, and when i saw the ION i knew that with some minor modifications i could turn that little baby into the perfect HTPC.

Digitimes, thanks for getting me worried. I actually know of several cases where people wanted to await the ION's release but after the Digireport decided to source other options.
that could lead to legal issues...
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eidairaman1
what i was getting at BTA was the core doesnt produce enough heat to entitle a socket needing to be used or even a heatsink for that matter, thus they can solder it directly to the board to cut overall costs on it, i know this is bad for most but think about it, less leads to deal with and they can sell them rapidly, now with the matter of the XB360 that was a mistake because of the amt of heat it produces. I mean a low power system doesnt really need a socket, and since intel is so "popular" they can sell quite a few without an afterthought without hiking the price if they were to go that route.
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tkpenalty
by: eidairaman1
what i was getting at BTA was the core doesnt produce enough heat to entitle a socket needing to be used or even a heatsink for that matter, thus they can solder it directly to the board to cut overall costs on it, i know this is bad for most but think about it, less leads to deal with and they can sell them rapidly, now with the matter of the XB360 that was a mistake because of the amt of heat it produces. I mean a low power system doesnt really need a socket, and since intel is so "popular" they can sell quite a few without an afterthought without hiking the price if they were to go that route.
The intel atom + ion platform is a socketless platform. Everything is soldered onboard, and for cost saving i would also anticipate tthat some vendors would solder the RAM onboard too. The intel atom does produce enough heat to require a heatsink, since its an exposed package and not encased in a ceramic cake (which acts as a heatsink). And yes intel is popular. I havent seen a successful non-intel based netbook. Now, where does the Xbox 360 come into play?
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eidairaman1
by: tkpenalty
The intel atom + ion platform is a socketless platform. Everything is soldered onboard, and for cost saving i would also anticipate tthat some vendors would solder the RAM onboard too. The intel atom does produce enough heat to require a heatsink, since its an exposed package and not encased in a ceramic cake (which acts as a heatsink). And yes intel is popular. I havent seen a successful non-intel based netbook. Now, where does the Xbox 360 come into play?
Well the fact of RROD basically being the solder contacts breaking loose.
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newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: eidairaman1
Intel should make this embedded platform only.
Atom already is embedded platform only.:wtf:
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Haytch
by: 3870x2
that could lead to legal issues...
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN!!!!!!

Merry Christmas 3870x2. Umm i sorta dont understand at which point im about to get in trouble. Is it the point i crack open the Ion and mod it ? If so, please refer to the line in capitals.

Once you have been thru a lengthy, bloody and messy divorce, i assure you that there is no legal issues that could dint the armour.
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