Two cores are better than one.
Acer was the first out the gate with an Nvidia Ion-based nettop, which made for a good, small, low power home theatre PC. It had HDMI, flash memory card readers, and of course the ever important GeForce 9400M, but it was a bit lacking in the CPU department.
While all Nvidia Ion platforms lean on the Intel Atom CPU, the original Acer Aspire Revo packed only a single core chip. While such a CPU choice could make sense for a netbook with its smaller thermal envelope, for a nettop we expect the beefier, dual-core Atom.
Acer seems to be making good on our expectations with its upcoming Aspire Revo 3600, which will pack the dual-core Intel Atom 330 on the Nvidia Ion chipset capable of supporting 4 GB of DDR2 RAM.
Acer won't be the only one with an Atom 330-based Nvida Ion nettop, however, as Asus revealed earlier this week its own EeeBox featuring very similar specifications.