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With the introduction of HD content and internet video streaming, HTPCs (home theatre PC’s) are becoming more and more popular. Just a few years ago, the only way for you to get your hands on one was to build one yourself by using regular computer components and cramming them into a tiny case. Since then many companies have attempted to revolutionize they way we think about HTPCs. The ION-TOP PC is Jetway’s attempt at what an HTPC should look like. The ION-TOP incorporates nVidia’s newest chipset with integrated graphics – the ION and Intel’s dual core Atom processor, the 330. What will come of this powerful combination? Take a look at why we are excited about the nVidia ION, this is what we saw at CES 2009:


Model No JBC230C63P-330-B/W
Motherboard Specification
CPU Intel® Atom Dual-Core 330 CPU (45nm, FSB 533MHz, 1.6GHz, 1MB L2)
Chipset NVIDIA MCP7A-ION single chipsetFSB 533MHz
Memory 2 * 240-pin DIMM Slot
Support DDR2 667/800 Dual Channel DIMM slots (up to 4 GB)
VGA NVIDIA ION Graphics Processor (GeForce 9400M capable)
LAN 1 * Realtek RTL8111DL PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet
Audio Realtek 7.1 Channel HD Audio CODEC with SPDIF out
Storage 4 * Serial ATA2 3Gb/s connectors
USB Embedded 10 * USB 2.0/1.1
Form Factor Mini-ITX Form Factor, M/B 170 x 170mm
Barebone Specification
Product size 210(W) x 258(D) x 65(H)mm
Specs    Exposed 1 x Slim ODD Drive Bay1 x 2.5” HDD Drive Bay (Only support SATA 2.5” HDD)
Colors Black / White Color
Cooling Fan Side: 6cm Fan SLEEVE x 1
Front I/O Port 2 x USB 2.0 & 1 x SD/MS card reader & CIR
Rear I/O Port 6 * USB 2.0/1.1 ports1 * PS2 Keyboard / Mouse combined connector1 * RJ-45 ports1 * Audio I/O ports with S/PDIF out1 * VGA port & 1 * DVI-D port & 1 * HDMI port1 * Parallel port1 * 12V DC in connector & 2 * WiFi Antenna holes
Power supply 100W DC-DC Power Converter
Expansion Slots mini PCI Express x1 Slot
Standard Accessory
  1. SATA CD-ROM Cable (For Slim ODD Drive) x1
  2. 60W AC-DC Adapter x1
  3. Power Cord x1
  4. Stand x4
  5. CD Disk x1
  6. Manual x1
  7. Jetway Remote Control x1
Functional Set Top Box, Thin Client, Carputer, Smart Mini PC, POS/POI, KIOSK, HTPC
Packing Color Box Dimension:417(W) x 137(D) x 296(H)mm
Gross Weight:3.65KG
Net Weight:3.02KG
Certificate CE,FCC For BareboneCE,FCC,TUV,UL,CCC,CB For Power Adapter

The specifications show a couple of interesting aspects for this system. First is that this is not your standard netbook CPU, instead we have here a dual core Atom 330, secondly while there are physically 4 SATA ports there is only room internally for a single 2.5 inch SATA drive. This is of course due to the ION-TOp being targeted towards integration into a home theater setup as seen below:

Lastly we see that the ION-TOP uses nVidia’s LT version of the ION chipset, this could end up hurting performance in some areas, while saving consumers cash at the same time.

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