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Intel VP deems Ion is overkill

Computex 09 And backhandedly praises ARM
Wed Jun 03 2009, 12:31

MOOLY EDEN, Intel vice president and general manager of its mobile platforms group, has told the INQ that Nvidia's Ion platform for netbooks is "overkill" and unnecessary.

Speaking at a Q&A session after an Intel keynote, Eden said he believed in balancing CPU and GPU performance, but argued that Intel's upcoming Pinetrail platform with the firm's next generation Atom processor will have a stronger graphics core, rendering the Ion pointless, not to mention expensive.

Eden also refuted claims that Intel had told Microsoft to limit use of the Windows 7 Starter variant to netbooks with screensizes of 10.1 inches and below, saying "we are not telling Microsoft what to do and even if we did they wouldn't listen."

Eden added that he believes 10 inches is the optimal size for netbooks as it does not stretch a netbook system or impair battery life too much.

As for competition from ARM in the netbook space, Eden said he would not downplay ARM, which he said has "brilliant engineers" and a "great solution", but he maintained that Atom will be three times better than any ARM architecture currently available. µ


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