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Feb 9, 2009

NVIDIA Ion platform

Nvidia Ion platform PC has a nice bundle of connectors:

  • 2 internal SATA ports
  • 2 eSATA ports
  • 7 USB 2.0 ports
  • 6 analog audio jacks
  • 1 S/PDIF audio connector
  • 1 DVI Dual Link connector
  • 1 VGA connector
  • 1 HDMI connector
  • 1 Gigabit Ethernet connector

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A crazy six USB ports, optical digital and analogue audio connectors, and a pair of e-SATA ports at the front alongside VGA, DVI and HDMI outputs, a further USB port and an Ethernet jack at the back blow all current Intel-based solutions out of the water on the connectivity front.

There there's 9400M's ability to decode up to 25Mbps HD video and output 8 channel (7.1 surround) Linear PCM audio over HDMI. Throw in nVidia's claim that Ion should offer the same battery life as Intel's netbook platform, but taking up half the size and the green team should really be on to a winner!

Ion is not very far from being the ideal home theater PC—one that can finally find a home in most living rooms without being an eyesore because of its size, and without being a nuisance because of its noise level.


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