The Best Mobile Chips Of 2010 (So Far)


Netbook Integrated Graphics

Despite some run-ins with Intel over its first-generation Ion platform for netbooks and nettops, Nvidia forged ahead and rolled out Ion 2 earlier this year. The second-generation of Ion is optimized for Intel’s new Pinetrail class of Atom processors, including the Atom N450 for netbooks.

Ion 2 offers up to 16 CUDA cores, Nvidia Optimus technology, multi-monitor support and HD video decode acceleration. The platform supports CUDA, DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.1. And the whole platform consumes just 6 watts of power, ideal for both 10-inch and 12-inch netbooks.

Launch date: March 2010

Price: OEM pricing