Nvidia Ion, A Deeper Look

by Rafael Hernandez on March 21, 2009 · 0 comments

Pairing a rather low power, low-cost CPU with a low-end chipset is bound to get everyone really excited. Nvidia’s Ion platform takes Intel’s Atom processor and pairs it with their GeForce 9400M chipset giving it enough power to do some decent computing/multimedia dishing in a very small formfactor. bit-tech has a deeper look at their reference setup:

The idea behind the Pico-ITX motherboard was to show just how small an
Ion-based device could be – it’s about the same size as a 2.5in hard
drive at 75mm x 100mm and requires a very low profile heatsink with a
slow-spinning 40mm fan to keep it cool inside the Ion Reference PC’s
pint-sized chassis.

The rest of the Ion Reference PC’s connectivity options are housed on
the I/O daughterboard, but are still powered by the GeForce 9400M
chipset. The daughterboard itself is an L-shaped PCB with a 12V power
connector on the back for the external DC power brick. Along the front
edge of the board, there are six USB 2.0 ports, two eSATA connectors,
six analogue audio jacks, optical S/PDIF, the power and reset buttons
and two LEDs (one for power and one for HDD activity).

It’s incredibly tiny and powerful enough for tons of interesting projects, should be a modder’s dream.

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