Some leaked Acer slides suggest the company is planning a high-end nettop device with NVIDIA’s Ion graphics chipset. The Acer Hornet is a compact computer with either a dual or single-core Intel Atom processor, together with the 1080p-capable Ion, and be optionally VESA mounted on the back of a monitor.
We don’t have full specifications for the Acer Hornet, but we do know it has an HDMI output and a Wiimote-style motion-sensitive remote that can be used for gaming and and general control. The slides also suggest that the Hornet is “silent” while operating.
The NVIDIA Ion chipset is capable of 1080p playback without a significant drain on battery life. No idea when we might see the Acer Hornet officially announced, though the initial Ion systems are expected in the Spring priced at just a “couple hundred dollars”.