Just like ASUS took the world by storm and popularized the netbook — only to soon be copied by every computer manufacturer in the market — so it begins with the nettop as well. Acer, who has made a very strong Eee PC competitor in the form of the Acer Aspire One, is now looking to take on the Eee Box with their own version of the diminutive desktop computer.
What’s particularly interesting about this news, however, is that Acer might be looking to skip over the Intel Atom processor for this machine and instead source its chips from a company like VIA or AMD. Hot on the heels of the announcement that AMD is looking to create a CPU designed specifically for netbooks, this could turn out to be an interesting device. Rumor has it that Acer, looking to ship over 12 million units of its Acer Aspire One netbook, is unwilling to potentially jeopardize its Atom supply. Using a processor from another company would keep that from happening as well as serve to differentiate its nettop from the rest that are starting to flood the market. Hopefully, it won’t harm the end product — as what happened with select netbook manufacturers who chose something that wasn’t the Atom to power their devices.