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NVIDIA’s first Ion desktop system, due in spring

NVIDIA at a press conference in Taiwan provided early details of launch plans for the first systems based on its Ion platform. The company’s mainboard chipset manager Drew Henry says the first system based on the architecture, which integrates the GeForce 9400M with Atom processors, will ship in spring but will be a “very small, affordable” desktop instead of a netbook or other portable. NVIDIA declines to say which company is making the system but says won’t have any relation to the black, generic concept desktop used to showcase the design.

Drew Henry from NVIDIA demonstrated Windows 7 multi-tasking with the ION. This new low-cost, low-power platform is set to first hit the market as tiny desktop computers and then later find its way into netbooks.

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