Current netbooks and nettops with the Nvidia Ion chipset are still very few and far between. With many expect to be released over the next few months.
But that isn’t stopping Nvidia from working on, and planning the release of the second generation of Ion graphics, the Nvidia Ion 2.
If you weren’t aware, the current Ion chipset / graphics brings HD graphics (including 1080p), and gaming performance to netbooks.
The Ion 2 hasn’t been officially announced by nvidia just yet, but reliable source Fudzilla have announced that the new Ion chipset brings a decreased die size, along with “much faster graphics” and more than double the number of shaders. The original Ion (Geforce 9400M /MCP79) uses 16 shaders, so the Ion 2 will have at least 32 or more.
The Ion 2 should be launching very soon, reportedly by the end of the year.
Update – 17th December: Nvidia have now officially confirmed Ion 2, referring to it as the “next generation ION”, saying that it will offer 5+ hours battery life, and is 5-10x faster than the new Pinetrail Atom graphics. They also said that Windows 7 and HD flash is supported.
It is expected to officially launched at CES 2010 in January.