CES 2009: NVIDIA Ion platform makes for smallest PC

NVIDIA is touting its new Ion platform as they’ve demonstrated how it can be used to make the world’s smallest Vista capable premium PC. By plugging the Ion board into a case that is just slightly larger than the board and adding a hard drive, the PC is complete.

What’s more interesting is that the Ion with its GeForce 9400 (with built-in North- and Southbridges) coupled with an Intel Atom processor can be used to power even smaller netbooks that can push 1080p HD video and 7.1 surround sound audio via HDMI.

This video shot at CES shows how small the board is:

#CES09: miRoamer and Blaupunkt team up to make Internet Car Radio

miRoamer is an online portal where you can access a diverse selection of Internet radio content. Blaupunkt makes cool audio devices particularly for automobiles. Put them together and you get a car radio/receiver with Internet Radio functionality.

All you need is a 3G connection (i.e. via your phone) and you tether the radio to your phone (via Bluetooth) to get Internet access. You can add your own stations if you don’t like the ones that it comes with by default.

They were only showing off some prototypes, as availability Stateside will be in the 2nd half of ’09 with tentative prices starting somewhere around 300 Euros. Ouch. Hopefully that changes by then.

#CES09: New Harmony Universal Remote from Logitech

Woot! There will be a brand new Harmony 1100 universal remote control in February. This one boasts a completely revamped software platform, new personalization features and of course, access to the ever expanding database of devices that can be controlled.

As before, this sports palm-sized 3.5″ touchscreen, wireless RF control (using an extender), customizable icons and controls, charging station and Windows/Mac support.

It will list for $500.

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