NVIDIA and Acer collectively took the wraps off the very first NVIDIA Ion-based design win, with a sleek new SFF PC (Small Form Factor PC) called the AspireRevo. Built on the NVIDIA Ion platform, the AspireRevo consists of NVIDIA's GeForce 9400 chipset with integrated graphics in support of Intel's Atom processor. Specifically, this new Acer system comes with an Atom 230 on board, which is a single core variant versus the dual core variant NVIDIA was showing in their Ion reference system. The new little system looks a tad like Asus' Eee Box perhaps, but with a bit more styling and of course a lot more GPU horsepower under the hood for multi-media and full HD video offload processing on the Ion platform IGP. Here are a few of AspireRevo's specifics, to get you all lathered up...
As you'll note, the Acer AspireRevo has roomy capacity in both system memory (up to 4GB total) as well as its storage subsystem, with up to a 250GB hard drive. Additional storage capacity can be tapped into via eSATA and of course USB2.0. Other key I/O options include HDMI, VGA, and the obligatory Gigabit Ethernet port. The AspireRevo is actually a very stylish little machine. Let's salivate, shall we?
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The AspireRevo measures a svelte and tiny 7.1-inch x 7.1-inch x 1.2-inches high. Bookshelf HTPC? It certainly does smack of that and if you tether a USB Blu-ray drive to it, you've got all the comforts of home in very little space.
Other key features of AspireRevo include:
Windows Vista Home Premium
Future Windows 7 support and compatibility
1080p HD video with HD 7.1 audio
DirectX 10 graphics with advanced digital display connectivity
Runs games like Spore, Sim City 5 and even Call of Duty 4 at moderate resolutions and image quality
Accelerated video and transcoding via NVIDIA CUDA technology
In a press briefing today NVIDIA commented that while the Acer AspireRevo offers a single-core Atom implementation, that dual core Atom-based Ion products will be forth coming. In addition, NVIDIA plans to foster VIA-based Ion designs as well. Pricing for the AspireRevo, though not confirmed just yet, is expected to be around the $299 mark. Availability for the AspireRevo is TBD currently but we will update this news release as more details become available -- and of course, we're looking forward to giving you a hands-on view of the AspireRevo in the weeks ahead as well.