Acer to use AMD Ontario C-50 APU in upcoming tablet

Acer is set to employ AMD’s Ontario C-50 accelerated processing unit (APU) in one of its upcoming tablet PCs, according to Digitimes.

The 10.1-inch tablet will feature Windows 7, along with Wi-Fi, 3G, two paltry 1.3 megapixel cameras, and a keyboard docking station that can be used to charge while typing away.

It will also make use of the dual-core C-50 APU. This is a hybrid card, based on AMD’s Fusion technology, so in addition to its processing capacity it comes with a built-in Radeon HD 6250 graphics card.

The Fusion APUs have been the subject of some debate over how much power they consume, given that they combine the CPU with GPU and therefore require more power. Previous information from AMD suggested it would release an 18W single-core model and a 24W dual-core one, but the C-50 is expected to consume only 9W of power, making it a significant improvement.

The APU has yet to be released, but it is expected to sell for around $55 to $60. There’s no word on the price of the Acer tablet itself, which is expected to launch in February of 2011.

Acer is not being exclusive to AMD, however, as there are two more tablets on the horizon that feature rival processors. A seven-inch model will employ a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, while another 10.1-inch model will use Nvidia’s Tegra 2. 

Both are expected to support Wi-Fi and 3G. They should be launched in April of 2011, just in time for the rumoured iPad 2.