AMD gets thumbs up with Acer launch

The world’s second-largest PC maker has bucked market trends, announcing more than 20 home PCs based on AMD processors.

The range, which encompasses netbooks, notebooks and desktops from all of the Acer Group’s brands – Acer, Packard Bell and eMachines and Gateway - was launched yesterday at the Cannes Film Festival.

Announcing the new models, a press release on the Acer website predicted that within three years, 60 per cent of all Internet traffic would be video – the focus of AMD’s new 'Vision' technology.

Acer’s corporate vice president Gianpiero Morbello restated this focus at the launch, showcasing high-def video capabilities of the new machines: "HD is becoming mainstream in the web… The big step is to deploy this technology everywhere in every place and to everybody."

The launch comes just six months after a $1.25 billion legal settlement forced Intel to agree to undisclosed “business practice provisions” after AMD claimed the chip giant was bullying manufacturers into using only Intel chips.

According to figures recently released by market analysts IDC, Intel processors accounted for 81 per cent of all chips sold. AMD’s market share dropped slightly to just 18.8 per cent.

Models launched at Acer’s Film Festival bash include the world's first AMD-based netbooks. The Packard Bell Dot A, a so-called 'HD netbook', includes a compact 1,366 x 768 display and 1.7GHz Athlon II Neo processor. Beefier netbook models, the Acer Aspire One 521 and 721, support up to 4GB RAM and discrete graphics.

The highest spec laptop announced, the Acer Aspire 7552G, features a mobile Phenom II quad-core processor and Blu-ray playback.

Desktops include the Acer Aspire M5400 and M3400, both of which include Phenom II X4 processors and Radeon graphics cards from AMD-owned graphics company ATI.