HP releasing an ION based netbook, I have my credit card ready

by: John -
I've been holding off on purchasing a netbook for conferences until one with a NVIDIA ION setup was available with a long battery life. HP might be the one as they are going to be producing the HP Mini 311 for the masses.

This 11.6-inch netbook has a screen resolution of 1366x768 and includes both VGA and HDMI connectors. Why HDMI? Well this puppy can output 1080p to a large screen TV, something I saw at CES. And for those that do video editing like Chuck and I will, the Mini will be able to take advantage of CUDA for speedier multimedia processing. It does ship with one CUDA -enabled app in ArcSoft SimHD, which converts standard-definition video to near HD quality.

There's no word on how long the battery life is and I'm waiting on HP's website to put the information up but here's one netbook that I might pick up before CES comes rolling around.

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Sept. 15, 2009—NVIDIA and HP shook up the PC market today with the introduction of a new 11.6-inch netbook that delivers many of the capabilities of a full-sized notebook. The HP Mini 311 takes advantage of NVIDIA® ION® graphics to deliver a big visual experience with HD video, accelerated video editing, and support for casual gaming in a small, sleek package.

NVIDIA ION is a small but powerful graphics processing unit (GPU) that works together with a low-power CPU to generate exceptional performance for compact, energy-efficient systems. By processing data-intensive applications in parallel with the CPU, ION-based netbooks offer many of the same capabilities of full-sized notebooks including support for all versions of Microsoft Windows. ION’s highly-integrated, energy-saving design delivers the extended battery life mobile customers demand.

Tim Bajarin, principal analyst at Creative Strategies, Inc. said, “Our research shows that most people who buy a netbook expect it to behave like a full-sized notebook, but that has not been the case. With ION-based netbooks like this one from HP, consumers can expect a well-rounded experience and the ability to handle nearly all of their everyday computing needs.”

“This is another example how good graphics can transform an entire category of products,” said Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of the GPU business unit at NVIDIA. “Where last month netbooks were considered inadequate, this month HP delivers an amazing product with support for HD movies, games, video editing, and more. Why couldn’t netbooks do this before? They lacked good graphics.”

The Mini 311 ships with Windows XP and features an 11.6-inch diagonal LED display available in high-definition 1366 x 768 resolution. It includes HDMI and VGA video connectors to output video up to 1080p onto a larger screen like an HDTV. The Mini also includes ArcSoft SimHD, which instantly converts most standard-definition video to near high-definition quality. SimHD uses the NVIDIA® CUDA™ parallel computing architecture present on NVIDIA GPUs to perform this upscaling faster than on a CPU.

In addition to the HP Mini 311, more than 50 other ION-based products are scheduled for release this year. ION graphics deliver a premium experience in small, low-powered PCs with support for:
• All versions of Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7
• Outstanding HD video including 1080p
• Battery life that is comparable with other netbooks
• Stunning HD video through an external monitor via HDMI
• Mainstream games including Spore, Ice Age, and Wall-E
• Hardware acceleration for NVIDIA® CUDA™-based applications such as vReveal, Badaboom, SimHD plug-in for Total Media Theater, and Super LoiLoScope
• 24-bit 8-channel LPCM uncompressed audio through HDMI
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