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Acer Ships Centrino Tablet PC

Acer America, a subsidiary of Taiwan's Acer, Thursday launched a Tablet PC based on Intel's Centrino technology.

The TravelMate C110, like its predecessor, the C100, is a convertible-style tablet, meaning that its display swivels around to fold over the keyboard, so that it can function either as a conventional laptop or a tablet. The device includes Intel's ultra-low-voltage 900MHz Pentium M processor, along with its 855 chipset and 802.11b chip. The TravelMate also features built-in Bluetooth support.

The 3.2-pound tablet features a 10.4-inch XGA display and two USB 2.0 ports. The C110 starts at $1899 for 512MB of memory and a 30GB hard drive, and will ship with the Zinio Reader, software that displays digital versions of magazines on a PC.

Other Tablet PC makers are also readying their Centrino-based tablets. Motion Computing is expected to launch a slate-style tablet using the wireless technology next week. Panasonic has also announced a rugged Tablet PC using the Centrino bundle.

Tablet PC shipments reached more than 72,000 units in the fourth quarter of 2002, and are expected to grow considerably in 2003, according to IDC. Acer and Hewlett-Packard led the way, each shipping about 17,000 of their respective tablets.

Reprinted from allNetDevices.