There’s been a lot of talk about Nvidia’s Ion this week and apparently, Intel doesn’t like when the competition gets a couple of days of good press.
Speaking to the Inquirer, Mooly Eden, Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s mobile platforms group, has spoke to the Inquirer in Taipei this week and when asked about Nvidia’s answer to it’s Atom processor, Eden dubbed the Ion platform for netbooks is "overkill" and unnecessary.
According to the INQ, during a recent Questions and Answers session, Eden said he believed in balancing CPU and GPU performance, but claimed Intel's upcoming Pinetrail platform with the next gen Atom will have a stronger graphics core, rendering Nvidia’s Ion pointless and expensive. Harsh words. In the same Q&A, Eden also said that despite being a “great solution” with “brilliant engineers” Atom would be three times better than any current ARM architecture.
There are 20 manufacturers displaying Ion-based products at Computex this year. This includes offerings from Acer, Asus, ECS, Zotac and MSI.