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Intel says "Pineview" will be compatible with NVIDIA Ion platform

Intel is the largest chipmaker in the world and dominates the CPU market. The company also holds the majority of the GPU market thanks to its integrated graphics processors that are inside most of the notebooks and netbooks on the current market.

Intel has unveiled its new Pineview Atom processors along with the associated Pine Trail chipset. The big news here is that Pineview integrates a memory controller and GPU onto a single piece of silicon. The Pineview processor is set to be available in Q4 2009.

Intel's Pineview platform will save computer builders money and consume less power thanks to a reduction in the number of chips from three in current Atom platforms to two with Pineview. Intel points out that despite having integrated graphics, Pineview will be compatible with the NVIDIA Ion platform and its GPU.

NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said yesterday that Intel's Atom pricing was unfair and was keeping Ion from being able to compete in the market.

Along with introducing Pineview, Intel also talked about its new beta release of the Mobile v2.0 operating system that is aimed at netbooks. Moblin is a Linux-based OS that some analysts say has zero chance of making it in the netbook market. The total market for Linux in the netbook market is only 4.5% and netbooks running Linux had as much as a tenfold higher return rate compared to Windows machines.

IDC analyst Bob O'Donnell said, "We don't see an opportunity for this at all. People have clearly voted with their wallets."

The new version of Moblin is aimed at netbooks, but future versions of the operating system will be geared towards smartphones. Analysts say that smartphones are a much better market for Moblin than netbooks and that the OS could gain traction there, despite lots of competition.





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