Lenovo Reveals World’s First Netbook with Nvidia Ion Platform

Intel’s Atom Finally Meets Nvidia’s Ion in Lenovo IdeaPad S12 Netbook

by Anton Shilov
05/25/2009 | 11:51 PM

Lenovo Group, the fourth largest maker of personal computers on the planet, this week unveiled its first netbook with 12” screen as well as Nvidia GeForce 9400M core-logic (Nvidia Ion) with built-in graphics core. The company hopes that advanced graphics capabilities and relatively large screen will quickly make the novelty popular among performance-hungry consumers.


Lenovo IdeaPad S12 netbook is based on Intel Atom N270 (1.60GHz, 512KB L2 cache) microprocessor as well as either Intel 945-series or Nvidia GeForce 9400M (Ion) core-logic set. The IdeaPad S12 comes equipped with 12.1” screen with 1280x800 resolution, 1GB DDR2 memory, up to 160GB hard disk drive, 10/100Mb/s local area network controller, 802.11 wireless network controller, Bluetooth module, USB, Expresscard and so on. The S12 netbook utilize 3-cell or 6-cell batteries. The Nvidia-based IdeaPad S12 will also support HDMI output.

“We’ve heard from consumers loud and clear about the need for affordable and extremely portable computing devices, and we’ve responded by introducing our third netbook with a completely new form-factor, making mini-computing more usable and redefining value in today’s market. We are pioneering new territory in the developing netbook arena by being the first vendor to give customers high quality video and entertainment capabilities in a netbook with optional Nvidia Ion graphics,” said Dion Weisler, vice president of business operations or Idea product group at Lenovo.

The IdeaPad S12 netbook will be available in June. Pricing for models starts at $449. Models with the Nvidia Ion chipsets will be available later this summer.

“Nvidia Ion graphics help deliver the same features found in premium PCs at lower price points and new form factors. With enhanced graphics, the Lenovo IdeaPad S12 netbook is perfect for watching movies, playing popular games like Spore, flipping through vacation pictures or enhancing family videos,” said Rene Haas, general manager of notebook GPUs at Nvidia.