Nvidia has just posted the details of their next-generation Ion system. Ion 2 is now official, and we have a chance to see how badass this upgrade will be. Nvidia claims that it delivers graphics performance that is ten times faster than a standard netbook. It can also allow up to 10 hours of battery life, due to Nvidia's Optimus technology.
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The Ion 2 was rated against the standard Intel GMA 3150 graphics chipset. With 1GB of RAM and an Atom N450 processor in both machines, the 3DMark 2006 score for the Ion 2 machine was 1863, well above the 144 scored by the GMA 3150 machine.
Nvidia claims that the Ion 2 is powerful enough to handle StarCraft 2. They also state that 30+ products with the Ion 2 are expected to launch before by the time summer rolls around.
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Ion 2 sounds pretty great, but I'll wait until we see some third-party tests of its power to make a qualitative judgement. Right now we've only got Nvidia's word, and there's still the matter of some disturbing rumors of sub-par performance compared to the original Ion.