Reports from Asia suggest that Acer, in the wake of its successful takeover of Texas Instruments' DRAM memory business on the island, is looking for IBM to help it out of the memory market.
The reports said that Stan Shih, CEO of Acer, realises that the memory business is not as lucrative as it was and wants help to boost that part of the business.
Three weeks ago it emerged that Taiwan had not escaped the travails of the memory business, and was not making money out of DRAMs. According to the reports, Acer's semiconductor business is set to develop system on a chip business.
That could refer to IBM's plans to introduce a Slot One solution early next year, or to the close relationship Acer has formed with Brian Halla, CEO of National Semiconductor-Cyrix.
Shih and other senior Acer executives hinted that the company's semiconductor outfit will exit the DRAM market and start making custom ASICs, in collaboration with both IBM and Cyrix.
At the Computex trade show in Taiwan at the beginning of the month, senior executives from the major semiconductor manufacturers said that diversification and innovation were needed.
Shih said that XCs, sub $200 appliances, were the way of the future and called on all other Taiwanese manufacturers to support those efforts.
Meanwhile, in Japan the president of Fujitsu said his company was taking a cautious outlook on DRAM. Last week, Japanese papers reported that Hitachi was getting out of DRAM but those reports are denied by the company.
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