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Acer Windows 7 tablet ‘to use AMD Ontario APU’

Following Acer’s announcement of a raft of tablet products due in the New Year, Taiwanese industry watch site the Digitimes said that the 10.1-inch Windows 7 tablet would be using AMD’s Ontario APU codenamed the C-50.

Citing the usual sources from notebook manufacturers, which could well mean Acer themselves, the Digitimes said that the Windows 7 tablet would feature two 1.3-megapixel cameras in addition to the announced Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, as well as the docking station which features a keyboard and charger.

AMD’s Ontario APU, specifically the C-50 model mentioned by the Digitimes, is based on two CPU cores and uses just 9 Watts of power. Onboard graphics are taken care of by an integrated Radeon HD 6250 graphics chip, they said.

The tablet is to arrive in February 2011, two months before the Android tablets arrive.

News of Android tablets doesn’t excite everyone, however. Jared Newman of PC World posted a story titled Acer and Android Tablet News Fatigue, saying: “forgive me if my pulse doesn’t race with news of another unnamed Android tablet with incomplete specs, no price, no release date and no software.”

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