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Rumor: Mac mini to use NVIDIA's Ion Platform?
Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 8:46 PM EST
Posted by: Brian

Will the next-generation Mac minis be based on NVIDIA's new Ion platform? That's what the folks over at Tom's Hardware seem to be saying today. According to their sources, the new Mac minis will indeed be based on this platform. A platform that utilizes Intel's new dual-core Atom 330 processor and the same GeForce 9400M integrated graphics used in the MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. It also features CUDA technology, which unlocks the processing power of the GPU to accelerate video transcoding. Tom's Hardware also thinks the new Mac minis will be smaller in size, remain at the same price points, and begin shipping in March.

Now, with that being said, we cannot confirm this with any of our sources. It's possible that Apple is looking to use NVIDIA's Ion platform, but with another product like the Apple TV. There was also that discovery of an extension file in the latest unibody MacBooks, which contains the string "CFG_MCP79" and the year 2008 for the Mac mini. That string seems to indicate the NVIDIA MCP79 chipset being used with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor in other Macs.

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