Acer prepping first laptop using Nvidia's Tegra 2 chip, plus Intel Ultrabooks to revive flagging profits

Acer prepping first laptop using Nvidia's Tegra 2 chip, plus Intel Ultrabooks to revive flagging profits

Summary: Computer Goliath Acer stumbled in the second quarter, losing money and dropping from second to fourth place in global PC sales. As part of its hoped-for return to profitability for the rest of 2011, the company is working on a couple of new ideas for the notebook market.

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Computer Goliath Acer stumbled in the second quarter, losing money and dropping from second to fourth place in global PC sales. As part of its hoped-for return to profitability for the rest of 2011, the company is working on a couple of new ideas for the notebook market.

According to DigiTimes, Acer is planning to release the first laptop that will be powered by Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor, which has been mostly used in tablet PCs running Android. There are no specific details about this system, but it could be announced as soon as this week, so we might not have to wait long to find out what Acer has in mind.

In addition, it looks like the company has taken up Intel's generous offer to get notebook makers to create lappies based on its Ultrabook platform. It will be a little late to the game, however, as its first Ultrabooks won't hit the market until December, which should be a few months after Asus and HP have their Ultrabooks for sale.

Will these be enough to reinvigorate Acer's prospects in the tablet-crazed marketplace? Let us know in the Comments section.

Topics: Hardware, CXO, Intel, Laptops, Mobility, Networking, Processors

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  • What's the point, it's still an Acer.

    Acer and their buddies at Gateway left us feeling violated. Not sure if they are any better now, but they made among the worst and least reliable computers, specially laptops, and getting any sort of support from them was a hassle. Our office dumped them after our contract expired and switched to another brand. We have many nicknames for Acer at work, none of them printable. The majority of IT complaints were from Acer-toting road warriors. Glad those days are over.
    kraterz
    • My apologies

      @kraterz

      I meant to flag all the garbage below, but mistakenly flagged your post. Not awake yet this Sunday morning. :-)
      Economister
  • It is an Acer with a crappy Tegra

    No matter how you look at it, it is going to be a crappy product.

    Anything from Acer is of cheap quality and unreliable by design. Add a crappy Tegra CPU and you have the recipe for an expensive brick.
    wackoae
  • RE: Acer prepping first laptop using Nvidia's Tegra 2 chip, plus Intel Ultrabooks to revive flagging profits

    I'd be more inclined to learn more about these Tegra-powered machines, as soon as someone's worked out a way to let them play MKV files encoded in AVC Advanced Profile with 6 channel HE-AAC. Failing that, I'd much rather stick to the existing AMD Fusion platform, which, need I remind you, fulfills this niche market perfectly well.

    And BTW, Acer, you did a great job with your last Iconia tablet. I mean the Fusion version of Iconia, not Android one. The latter is utterly worthless with that rubbish Tegra 2 chip, which can't play back half the MKV files I have. (Video just keep fast forwarding to the end, or they don't play at all. No such problem even with that old POS Intel 945!) People on Android forums were speculating on a fix, but it's July now, and still no such thing in sight. All they talk about is the spanking new quad core Tegra. That just makes Honeycomb Tegra 2 owners re-live the nightmare that is Toshiba Folio 100. So, anyone for Tegra 2 on a netbook? Even if it comes from bigger names than Acer? :shrugs:
    henkeitrooper
  • RE: Acer prepping first laptop using Nvidia's Tegra 2 chip, plus Intel Ultrabooks to revive flagging profits

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    krs1alam
  • Can Acer survive?

    They may have flagging profits by entering the tablet game, produce a few killer tablets and they will be on point.
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    Weren't Acer making some ultrabooks, though?
    m0majeed
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