Next-Gen Nvidia Ion Is Pine-Trail-Compatible, Promises Better PerformanceS

Intel's Pine Trail Atom chips are pretty disappointing in the power department, so it's good to see Nvidia step up with a new, Pine-Trail-compatible line of Ion chips. If you want to watch HD YouTube on a netbook, read on.

We don't know much about the chipsets yet, but here's what we do know. Nvidia has promised better battery life (which was needed), they'll be officially announced at CES, and should ship in early 2010. There's apparently also a bit of smack-talk about Intel's underpowered new Atoms, with Nvidia noting that people want way better graphics performance than Intel seems to think. We'll keep you updated with more detail (including what kind of netbooks will be packing these guys) at CES. [Engadget]