Acer won’t move to ARM processors until Windows 8 lands according to source

Sep 5, 2011

Acer was at IFA last weekend and one of the coolest products that the company showed off was the Ultrabook Aspire S3 that uses Intel's new ultra mobile platform to combine portability with performance. There have been rumors swirling for a while that Acer would be offering machines using ARM processors as well to help it be able to produce cheaper notebooks. An ARM processor combined with a lower cost OS would make for an interesting computer indeed.

ARMdevices reports that a product strategy manager for Acer said at IFA that Acer would not be offering ARM processors inside notebooks in the short term. The unnamed source claims that ARM processors won't show up inside Acer gear until Windows 8 launches. Presumably that means the ARM machines won't come until next year whenever Windows 8 lands.

There were rumors circulating before that the ARM chips would land in Acer notebooks anytime now. As rumors go this one is certainly in unconfirmed territory. The product manger reportedly offering these tips is said to be in charge of the Ultrabook only. If this person is all Ultrabook, there is a big chance that he/she wouldn't know what was going on with other teams. Time will tell if the rumor is true.

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