updated 03:55 pm EST, Mon November 10, 2008
Acer to launch compact PC
Notebook and desktop PC maker Acer is considering releasing an efficient, entry-level compact desk-top PC early in 2009, according to a Monday report. Computer parts providers believe the PC will offer Intel's Atom CPU as an option due to higher-than-expected sales of the company's Aspire One netbooks, which use the Intel chip. The sales goal stands at between 12 and 13 million. Acer is reportedly looking to use CPUs from VIA Technologies or AMD, the latter (pictured) providing a 2.1GHz Phenom X3 CPU in the company's Aspire X3200 desktop.
The company is also set to choose from one of three manufacturers in December to build the new, compact PC, with the candidates made up of Quanta Computer, Wistron and MSI. The resulting product will be sold to both enterprise and consumer markets, and be capable of connecting to either a TV or monitor.
While prices have not been announced, they are expected to start at under $500.