The HP Mini 311 powered by NVIDIA ION
While a clunky name to be sure (and I think it will be branded differently when finally announced), the ION 2 chipset is much less a chipset and much more a discrete graphics offering. Remembering that the updated Atom CPU known as Pine Trail will included integrated features like a memory controller and even a graphics core, NVIDIA knows there is much less reason for them to compete on that level. Where NVIDIA is known to have a HUGE competitive edge is on the graphics and GPU computing front. ION 2 will likely then only focus on those areas.
According to reports from a recent conference call, NVIDIA is now publicly saying that the ION 2 chipset will be delivered in Q1 of 2010, an aggressive schedule that puts it not very far behind the Pine Trail platform itself. As for specifications it seems likely that the firm will increase the shader power of the GPU to make it more attractive and hopefully will lower power consumption, or at least keep it at the same level of the current generation ION platform. What other features could be included are still up in the air but NVIDIA needs to make this product 100% compatible and seamless with the Pine Trail platform if they hope to speed up adoption with OEMs compared to the previous the ION offering.
I imagine we’ll be seeing quite a bit about ION 2 at CES this year, though unofficially, as NVIDIA will be focusing on the update to Tegra with its marketing budget.