IBM said today that it is in discussions with giant OEM Acer to produce notebooks for it in the future.
It insists the products will be to IBM specifications and the deal will be a supplement to its own manufacturing.
The admission follows reports in the Taiwanese press that Acer will manufacture as many as 500,000 notebooks for IBM next year, worth an estimated $1 billion. A representative for Acer said: ?It?s not our policy to comment on specific deals but we do make notebooks for four out of the top 10 manufacturers.?
Meanwhile, according to reports, Acer will soon introduce its own branded range of desktops and servers. It already offers the notebook line it acquired from Texas Instruments.
The Acerpower machines will come with MMX Pentium chips and 3Com 10/100 Ethernet cards. But the representative said she could not comment officially on plans for Acer to launch its own Net PC.
The company has also confirmed it is set to introduce an assembly to order programme, closely modelled on Dell?s plan, as reported here two weeks ago.
* Dell said last week it will not formally introduce a Net PC unless the market demands it.
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