Ultra-Thin Notebook CPU
Apple may have kicked off the ultra-thin notebook craze with the Intel-based MacBook Air back in early 2008, but AMD has spent the intervening years fine-tuning a hardware platform designed specifically for low-power, lightweight, ultra-sleek machines like the pictured notebook from Acer.
That work culminated in AMD’s introduction of its third-generation ultra-thin notebook platform, Nile, in May. Based around the AMD RS880 series chipset and Mobility Radeon HD 4200 series graphics, Nile can utilize either a single-core chip, or a dual-core powerhouse like the 1.7GHz, 15W Turion II K665 -- our pick for best new ultra-thin CPU in the first half of 2010.
Launch date: May 12, 2010
Price: OEM pricing