Nvidia's Ion platform to support VIA this year

That firecracker CEO of Nvidia, Jen-Hsun Huang, has revealed that Nvidia will be putting out an “Ion 2” platform using VIA Nano processors instead of Intel’s Atoms. The pairing isn’t surprising, considering that the Nano processors are supposed to be quite as capable as Atoms, and Nvidia’s relationship with Intel right now isn’t exactly all fun and games. They’ll still have Atom-based Ions, but this is a nice way to get back at Intel a little.

One laptop maker you can count on to take advantage of this is Lenovo, which was already planning a Nano-based 12-inch machine. You can bet they’ll jump on this platform since it’ll be cheap and effective.