NVIDIA and Microsoft Collaborate On Ion SFF PCs

NVIDIA Collaborates with Microsoft to make premium, low-cost PCs a reality 

Microsoft Certifies NVIDIA ION to Deliver a Premium Windows Experience on PCs Starting as Low as $299

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 11, 2009 - In an effort to deliver an outstanding computing experience on small, low power PCs, NVIDIA announced today that NVIDIA ION has been Certified for Windows Vista. With NVIDIA ION and premium versions of Microsoft Windows, small form factor notebook and desktop PCs will have rich media capabilities and full graphics support for the first time.

Microsoft Corp. has validated NVIDIA ION with certified Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) drivers for Windows Vista Home Premium. NVIDIA is working with Microsoft, PC manufacturers, software developers, and Windows eco-system partners to bring ION-based PCs to market by summer of 2009. ION-based mini-notebooks and compact desktop PCs will have industry-leading performance at price points as low as $299.

Mike Ybarra, general manager for the Windows division at Microsoft, states: “Customers have told us they expect a full Windows experience across a variety of PC designs. What many people call a ‘netbook’ today is really a small notebook, and users expect it to perform like one. With NVIDIA’s ION platform combined with Windows Vista Home Premium, consumers can get an affordable, premium Windows experience in a small notebook or desktop form factor. From browsing the web and checking email to streaming music or watching movies, it’s an excellent solution for everyday computing.”


Microsoft has certified the NVIDIA ION platform to ensure that upcoming ION-based PCs will deliver:

  • Silky smooth 1080p high definition video including Blu-ray movies
  • Exciting video game play with support for Microsoft’s DirectX 10 API
  • Support for premium Windows Vista features including Aero Glass and Flip3D
  • GPU acceleration for faster photo editing and video transcoding

NVIDIA's Drew Henry Ion Demo at CES

“NVIDIA ION and Windows are a perfect match,” said Drew Henry, general manager of the MCP business unit at NVIDIA. “It is great to have Microsoft work with us to drive Windows with ION into these new low-priced notebooks and really small desktop PCs, which previously wasn’t possible with other solutions. This is a big win for consumers!”

About the NVIDIA ION Platform
The NVIDIA ION platform provides a quantum leap in mainstream graphics performance – while using less than half the space of traditional solutions – for smaller, faster, lighter, full-featured notebooks and desktop PCs. The ION platform unlocks the power of the Atom CPU by combining it with a great NVIDIA GPU.

Tags:  Nvidia, SFF, Microsoft, Vista, Atom
peti1212 5 years ago

I don't see much of a difference by being signed my Microsoft as a certified product. Is there something I am missing with this?

marco c 5 years ago

The fact that Microsoft is endorsing the platform should carry some weight with OEMs that are considering building products around Ion.

GeekAdviser 5 years ago

If it plays Blue-ray it would be awesome for a PVR/DVR. I am guessing it could be hooked up via E-Sata?

Dave_HH 5 years ago

Geek, I'd have to dig around but I'm pretty sure there are USB versions of Blu-ray players and possibly eSATA. Though Jeremy is right, there will likley be some fully integrated solution with BD coming down the pipe later this year.

jeremy 5 years ago

Geek, probably, yes. However, the system pictured is simply a reference platform. I'm guessing at least one company will build a product around this mainboard with room for an external drive or perhaps with a BD drive built into the enclosure somehow.

The Microsoft support may also indicate that Microsoft is actively working with nVidia on driver developement for the platform. Will Windows 7 sport "The Way It's Meant To Be Played" branding? That'd be pretty hilarious if it did, but it's a very good sign for the platform if they're working together on making it all work properly.

3vi1 5 years ago

Gotta agree. As much as I usually get paranoid about Microsoft's involvement in anything (great job improving the OLPC with your OS, guys!), I hope this is a successful platform.

I hope companies make a version that matches (or is smaller than) the reference platform though - because I think this would be great as an add-on for cars.

Buyer: Does it have GPS.

Salesman: Yes.

Buyer: Does it play MP3s?

Salesman: Yes.

Buyer: What else will it do?

Salesman: It will drive itself, automatically deduct your work mileage from your taxes, and let you play World of Warcraft while it's doing it.

Hey, a guy can dream.

jeremy 5 years ago

Crysis Warhead while stuck in traffic? I could definitely go for that! Interestingly enough, I was recently thinking about in-car applications for this box as well. I bet the mp3car.com guys are salivating at the possibilities.

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