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Acer Introduces 'First' Nvidia Ion-Based Mini-PC

The Ion platform competes with Intel's graphics chipset, which ships with the Atom processor. Intel products have become the dominant platform in netbooks.


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Acer's Ion-based AspireRevo Mini-PC.
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Acer on Tuesday introduced what's expected to be the first mini-desktop that combines the Nvidia Ion graphics platform with an Intel Atom CPU to deliver enough horsepower to process high-definition video in the Blu-ray format and play mainstream video games.

The Acer AspireRevo was unveiled at a New York news conference in which Acer introduced a host of new products. Acer didn't release pricing or availability, but when the AspireRevo hits retailers' shelves, possibly in a couple of months, it's expected to be the first PC to use Nvidia's Ion platform, which comprises a GPU and the company's GeForce 9400M motherboard graphics chipset.

The Ion platform competes with Intel's graphics chipset, which ships with the company's Atom processor. Together, the Intel products have become the dominant platform in mini-laptops, also called netbooks. The small PCs, which typically cost less than $500, are the fastest-growing segment of the PC market, which overall has seen declining sales in the current economic recession.

In general, the Intel Atom platform is meant to provide sufficient performance for basic computer tasks, such as e-mail and Web browsing. Nvidia is hoping to take advantage of those limitations by offering better graphics capabilities in mini-PCs for an additional $50 to $100. "We believe this will fundamentally revolutionize the market," David Ragones, product line manager for Nvidia, told reporters during a teleconference held at the same time as the Acer event.

The AspireRevo is a fraction of the size of a standard desktop, yet contains up to 10 times the graphic performance as an Atom-based netbook or mini-desktop, according to Ragones.

With the Ion platform inside, the AspireRevo is capable of running the Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium operating system and the upcoming Windows 7. Most Atom-based systems run either the older Windows XP or Linux.

In addition, the AspireRevo can play video in 1080p, an HD video mode capable of displaying content in the Blu-ray format. The system also has a High-Definition Multimedia Interface, or HDMI, for connecting the PC to a digital TV or LCD screen.

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