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Acer rumored to be producing Fusion Z-series tablet

More tablets based on the Z-series APU could be in the works from other major manufacturers

Acer could be the next major manufacturer to release a tablet line based on AMD’s recently announced Z-series APU, according to sources from DigiTimes.

The Taiwanese computer manufacturer has reportedly ordered Z-series processors from AMD, up to 80,000 units, presumably for mass production of tablets based on the Z-series lineup. The new Fusion chips could be a more lucrative alternative for manufacturers, since Intel’s Oak Trail platform is still comparatively expensive. The Fusion chips can also run Windows 7 and can potentially give AMD the leg up in the tablet processor race against Intel.

First leaked late last month, the Fusion Z-series made its official debut early June during Computex 2011 and will be making its first major commercial appearance in the MSI WinPad 110W. The chips are reportedly already shipping to manufacturers for a late 2011 launch. If the source is to be believed, Acer could be next in line to release a Z-series tablet soon after.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-06-10 (Update: 2012-05-26)