Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Acer Aspire One 521 to feature AMD's Nile Platform

Say Farewell to Congo (2nd Generation Ultrathin), and Welcome to Nile platform. AMD's Nile is the new platform for Ultrathin notebook that will be using DDR3 memory.

Acer is reportedly preparing to launch a new 10.1 inch Aspire One netbook that switch from the Intel Atom chip for an AMD chip. The Aspire One 521 is powered by an AMD V105 processor. This is the slowest single core "Geneva" processor of the "Nile" platform, clocked at 1.2GHz, with 512KB L2 cache, DDR3 support and 9W TDP. Performance and further details remain unknown until AMD announces it in May. It is paired with an AMD M880G chipset with integrated ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225 graphics core and 384MB dedicated video memory. The 4225 is not announced yet either and probably has a few minor architectural improvements over the 4200, hence the increased model number, but is likely slower due to ~25% lower clock speed. It supports UVD2 (should be capable of HD video playback) and Acer didn't forget to add an HDMI port.

Eye-catching noticeable is the huge chrome plated logo. This chrome accentuation continues with the power button, which is transparent but has a chrome element.

The netbook will have optional Bluetooth 3 support and a compact charger with changeable plus. The battery is supposed to be good for up to 7 hours. No word on a launch date or price yet. So stay tuned...

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