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Nvidia Ion
Manufacturer Nvidia

Nvidia Ion is a product line of Nvidia corporation intended for motherboards of low-cost portable computers. It uses graphics processing units and chipsets intended for small products.

Description[edit]

Nvidia Ion products included a GeForce 9M (9xxxM) series MCP79MX (with integrated GeForce 9400M G GPU) chipset, DDR3-1066 or DDR2-800 SDRAM, and the Intel Atom processor. The original reference platform was based on a Pico-ITXe motherboard designed for netbook and nettop devices. In February 2009, Microsoft certified the Ion-based platform for Windows Vista.[1] The small form factor Ion-based computers were released in mid-2009.

Ion GPUs are DirectX 10.0 and OpenGL 3.3 compliant. They also support CUDA and OpenCL. They can play 1080p H.264 and VC-1 video using VDPAU or PureVideo HD.[2] ION-LE–based systems shared the same basic hardware as ION but lack Vista and DirectX 10 support.[3]

Nvidia announced that it would release the Ion platform for the VIA Nano processor some time in Q4 2009.[4]


Specifications[edit]

Ion (first-generation Nvidia Ion)[edit]

Zotac motherboard
Rear connectors of Zotac motherboard
  • Chipset: MCP79MX (with integrated GeForce 9400M GPU)
  • Intended Operating System: (Ion): Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Linux; (Ion-LE): Microsoft Windows XP, Linux, MacBook
  • Memory Interface: DDR3-1066 or DDR2-800
  • DirectX 10 Support: Yes, No (Ion-LE)
  • Graphics Cores: 16
  • Core/Shader Clocks: 450/1100 MHz
  • Texture Fill Rate: 3.6 Billion/second
  • Maximum Anti-Aliasing (AA) Sample Rate: 16x
  • RAMDACs: 300 MHz
  • Maximum High-Dynamic Range (HDR) Precision: 128-bit
  • Maximum Analog Resolution: 2048 x 1536
  • Maximum Digital Resolution: 2560 x 1600
  • Graphics APIs: DirectX 10.0, OpenGL 3.3
  • Full HD decode (1080i/p): Yes, 3rd Generation PureVideo
  • Display Options: HDMI, Dual-link DVI, DP, or VGA (any 2)
  • HDMI Version: 1.8 (according to the manual of the zotac ION itx-f board)
  • PCI-Express 2.0: 20 lanes (1×16 and 4×1)
  • SATA Drives: 6
  • SATA Speed: 3 Gbit/s
  • RAID: 0, 1
  • Networking: 10/100/1000 BASE-T
  • USB Ports: 12/2C
  • PCI Slots: 5
  • Audio: HDA (Azalia)

Ion 2 (next-generation Nvidia Ion)[edit]

  • CUDA cores: up to 16
  • Standard Memory configurations: 512 MB of DDR2, 256 MB of DDR3, 512 MB of DDR3
  • Memory Interface Width: Up to 64-bit
  • Hardware Video Decode Acceleration: Yes, 4th Generation PureVideo
  • nVidia CUDA Technology: Yes
  • Certified for Windows 7: Yes
  • Microsoft DirectX: 10.1
  • OpenGL: 3.3
  • Audio: HDA
  • Maximum digital resolution: 2560 × 1600
  • Maximum VGA resolution: 2048 × 1536
  • Netbook supported display connectors: HDMI
  • Desktop supported display connectors: Dual-link DVI, DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA
  • Multi-monitor: Yes
  • HDCP: Yes

Existing products[edit]

This list is non-exhaustive.

Motherboards[edit]

  • ASRock A330ION motherboard (Intel Atom 330 CPU, DDR3, PCI Express x16 slot)
  • ASUS AT5IONT-I motherboard (Intel Atom D525 CPU, DDR3, USB3, PCI Express x4 slot @ x1 speed, with latch)
  • ASUS AT3N7A-I motherboard (Intel Atom 330 CPU)
  • ASUS AT3IONT-I motherboard (Intel Atom 330 CPU, DDR3, PCI Express x16 slot)
  • ASUS AT3IONT-I DELUXE motherboard (Intel Atom 330 CPU, DDR3, PCI Express x16 slot, DC power connector, 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth, Media remote)
  • IEI Industrial Motherboard KINO-PVN D5251 ION2, DDR3, HDMI, Dual GbE, SATA, PCI/ PCI Expr.x1 slot, mini-PCI, CF TypeII
  • Jetway NC63-230 ITX board (Intel Atom 230 CPU, 20-pin ATX power connector)
  • Jetway NC63-330 ITX board (Intel Atom 330 CPU, 20-pin ATX power connector)
  • Jetway NC63P-230 ITX board (Intel Atom 230 CPU, 12V DC Power Onboard)
  • Jetway NC63P-330 ITX board (Intel Atom 330 CPU, 12V DC Power Onboard)
  • Point of View POV/ION230 motherboard (Intel Atom 230 CPU)
  • Point of View POV/ION330 motherboard (Intel Atom 330 CPU)
  • ZOTAC IONITX A-B motherboard (Intel Atom 330 CPU, 90w DC power connector, Wireless PCIe module installed)
  • ZOTAC IONITX A-U motherboard (Intel Atom 330 CPU, DC power connector, Wireless PCIe module installed)
  • ZOTAC IONITX B-E motherboard (Intel Atom 230 CPU, 20-pin power connector)
  • ZOTAC IONITX C-U motherboard (Intel Atom 230 CPU, DC power connector)
  • ZOTAC IONITX D-E motherboard (Intel Atom 330 CPU, 20-pin power connector, Wireless PCIe module installed)
  • ZOTAC IONITX F-E motherboard (Intel Atom 330 CPU, 20-pin power connector, Wireless PCIe module installed, PCI Express x16 slot)
  • ZOTAC IONITX G-E motherboard (Intel Atom 330 CPU, 20-pin power connector, PCI Express x1 slot, mini-PCIe x1 slot).[citation needed]

Desktop systems[edit]

An ASRock ION 330HT-BD
  • Acer AspireRevo Nettop Media Server w/Remote
  • Aleutia H1 Hotel PC (with the above ZOTAC IONITX A-U), fanless in the single core version.[5]
  • aOpen GP7A[6]
  • ASRock Ion 330 series[7]
  • ASRock Ion 330HT series w/Remote[8]
  • ASRock Ion 330Pro
  • ASUS Eee Box EB1012U (ION 1)
  • ASUS Eee Box EB1012P (ION 2)
  • ASUS Eee Box EB1501
  • Asus S1-AT5NM10E
  • Foxconn NetBox-nT330i [9]
  • Giada Mini PC series [10]
  • Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150 - 40816AU [11]
  • MSi All-in-One PC Wind Top AE2220
  • Myka ION
  • Orbit Micro Helix A58 Sleek NVIDIA ION/N330 desktop system[12]
  • Orbit Micro Helix A5W Fanless IP waterproof dustproof Nvidia ION system[13]
  • Sapphire EDGE HD [14]
  • Shuttle XS35GT, fanless system with ION2 and Atom D510[15]
  • Viewsonic VOT132 [16]
  • ZaReason Ion Breeze[17]
  • Zotac Mag [18]

Netbook systems[edit]

Discontinued support[edit]

NVIDIA has ceased driver support for Nvidia ION series on April 1 2016.[29]

  • Windows XP 32-bit & Media Center Edition: version 340.52 (WHQL) released on July 29, 2014; Download
  • Windows XP 64-bit: version 340.52 (WHQL) released on July 29, 2014; Download
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 32-bit: version 341.95 (WHQL) released on March 16, 2016; Download
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 64-bit: version 341.95 (WHQL) released on March 16, 2016; Download
  • Windows 10 32-bit: version 341.95 (WHQL) released on March 16, 2016; Download
  • Windows 10 64-bit: version 341.95 (WHQL) released on March 16, 2016; Download

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NVIDIA Collaborates With Microsoft To Make Premium, Low-Cost PCs A Reality". News release. Nvidia. February 11, 2009. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ Computerbase.de: Test: Zotac IONITX-A (Nvidia Ion), page 2: "Im Videobereich verlässt sich Nvidia beim Ion auf PureVideo HD der dritten Generation [...]"
  3. ^ "Next-Generation NVIDIA ION Graphics Processors". Nvidia web site. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/20/nivida-ion-platform-to-support-via-nano-processors-this-year/
  5. ^ http://www.aleutia.com/products/h1
  6. ^ http://usa.aopen.com/Products.aspx?id=74
  7. ^ http://www.asrock.com/nettop/overview.asp?Model=ION%20330
  8. ^ http://www.asrock.com/nettop/overview.asp?Model=ION%20330HT-BD
  9. ^ http://www.foxconnchannel.com/ProductDetail.aspx?T=NanoPC&U=en-us0000014
  10. ^ http://www.giada.cc/chanpinzhongxin/minipc/
  11. ^ http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:category.details?current-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087&current-category-id=7989AA4D07004515BEDB0E93AED8B49D
  12. ^ http://www.orbitmicro.com/global/build.php?products_id=11431
  13. ^ http://www.orbitmicro.com/global/build.php?products_id=11433
  14. ^ http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?leg=&psn=000106&pid=1088
  15. ^ http://www.shuttle.eu/products/ultra-small/xs35gt/overview/
  16. ^ http://www.viewsonic.com/products/vot132.htm
  17. ^ http://www.zareason.com/shop/product.php?productid=16205&cat=0&page=1
  18. ^ http://www.zotacusa.com/products/mini-pcs
  19. ^ http://www.engadget.com/2010/02/15/acer-aspire-one-532g-first-to-feature-nvidia-ion-2-switchable-gr/
  20. ^ http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=30dqaE10a0LUo9XJ
  21. ^ http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Asus-Eee-PC-1015PN-Netbook.40432.0.html
  22. ^ http://www.notebookcheck.net/Newsentry.153+M54ad54f1b63.0.html
  23. ^ http://gadgetmix.com/index/asus-1201-nl-review/
  24. ^ http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=HrglRhH8D60Rmlv3
  25. ^ http://www.engadget.com/2009/09/24/hps-ion-infused-mini-311-netbook-now-on-sale-starts-at-400/
  26. ^ http://www.netbookchoice.com/2009/10/22/lenovo-ideapad-s12-ion-now-on-sale-in-us/
  27. ^ http://www.pointofview-online.com/showroom.php?shop_mode=product_detail&product_id=114&site_id=2
  28. ^ http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Samsung-N510-Ion-Netbook.21362.0.html
  29. ^ EOL driver support for legacy products

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