Intel: Ion Is Overkill, Don't You Know

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.

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  • cybot_x1024
    Load of BS from intel. they should make better chips and stop whining!
  • grieve
    The ION is overkill so we are going to create an Atom with ""three times better than any current ARM architecture.""
    ** and it won't be overkill because it has the Intel logo....

    Whatever.
  • hellwig
    First off, PineVIEW hasn't been released yet, so what is Intel's solution for people wanting upgrades before then? This statement is like Intel saying back in 2003 "the Athlon 64 is overkill, and besides we have the Core 2 coming out in 2006 and it will be even better).

    They say it's overkill today, but 6 months from now when they release their own upgrade with an even faster GPU, it won't be overkill? And am I reading that right, is Intel saying Pineview will be more powerful than Ion? Is there any evidence to support this claim?

    What a jackass.
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  • chise1
    There’s been a lot of talk about NVIDIA’s Ion
  • cybot_x1024
    Load of BS from intel. they should make better chips and stop whining!
  • hellwig
    First off, PineVIEW hasn't been released yet, so what is Intel's solution for people wanting upgrades before then? This statement is like Intel saying back in 2003 "the Athlon 64 is overkill, and besides we have the Core 2 coming out in 2006 and it will be even better).

    They say it's overkill today, but 6 months from now when they release their own upgrade with an even faster GPU, it won't be overkill? And am I reading that right, is Intel saying Pineview will be more powerful than Ion? Is there any evidence to support this claim?

    What a jackass.