Acer Pulls Back on PC Builds

By Jessica Davis  |  Posted 2009-05-14 Print this article Print

While Acer may have passed its larger rival Dell in netbook shipments in Q1, the victory may be short-lived. Supply chain checks indicate that Acer is pulling back on PC builds for Q2. Plus, the computer processors behind netbooks saw a 33 percent decline in shipments last quarter.

 Acer may have passed Dell in netbook shipments in Q1, but supply chain checks indicate the PC maker is pulling back on manufacturing orders with ODMs.

That could spell troubling news for netbooks in Q2. Already an IDC report earlier this week indicated that the computer processors behind netbooks -- Intel Atom -- saw shipments drop by 33 percent in Q1, indicating the supply chain may have filled itself with chip inventory for the mini-notebooks.

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Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at

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