While the market for netbooks is booming, low-cost "nettops" have been a little more elusive so far—Asus offers the Eee Box B202 for around $300, and MSI has a Wind barebones that's $135 at Newegg, but other major hardware vendors have largely shunned that part of the market.
Now, however, DigiTimes writes that Acer is quietly working on a "low-power and low-cost 1-liter nettop" for a launch early next year. Quoting sources at hardware suppliers, the report goes on to say Acer may outfit the system with AMD or Via processors in order to keep Atom CPUs flowing for the Aspire One netbook line. Supposedly, Acer aims to ship 12-13 million Aspire Ones next year, which should put a notable dent in Atom supply.
According to information that leaked out in September, AMD has two low-power Athlon processors—a single-core model and a dual-core one—scheduled for November. Also, Via and Nvidia might showcase a desktop platform combining a Nano processor and GeForce integrated graphics at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Both solutions could be suitable Atom alternatives for small, low-cost desktops.