Intel is said to launch an anti Ion campaign
According to Fudzilla Intel released document that criticizes Nvidia's Ion: The "Nvidia Ion Competitive Position Guide” is said to excoriate the platform.
Fudzilla says to have access to a document, in which Intel attacks Nvidia's Ion platform. The paper with the title "Nvidia Ion Competitive Position Guide” is said to ask the receivers not to sell Ion products because otherwise there could be consequences.
The fact that Ion is not a newly designed chipset but is based on the MCP79M/NCP7A is one of Intel's main arguments. In the document Nvidia is also accused to have provided different samples to reviewers: Some based on the mobile MCP79MX SKU and others based on the desktop version MCP71-U. Fudzilla also mentions that Intel's own 945GSE is nearly four years old.
Costs are another sector the Intel document is criticizing Ion. Accordingly Ion would consume more energy and the material costs are higher - true possibly, but Ion is powerful enough to deal even with 1080p HD video material and "basic gaming” while Intel's 945GSE and GN40 (might handle 720p material though) can't do so.
In the article Fudzilla mentions additional points of the document, but doesn't give any evidence on the Intel paper. It's quite common for companies to fight for market shares so time will have to tell if this incident possibly leads to a major clash.
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