Acer is perhaps best known for its notebooks and displays, but the firm is also looking to expand its reach into consumer-grade PC storage devices as well. Acer would shortly offer branded SSDs and RAM to customers in the United States and China through a deal with Chinese flash storage manufacturer Biwin.
We should make one thing clear here: Acer is not the one producing the devices. The tech firm’s announcement post suggests this is a joint effort of sorts, but in reality, Biwin will be the one handling all of the manufacturing. Acer’s contribution seems to solely involve product branding and sales — we’ll be reaching out to the company for clarification on its role in this partnership.
As previously stated, Biwin will manufacture both RAM sticks and SSDs, providing customers with a variety of format, form factor, and power options. Their entry-level SSD will be the SA100: a 2.5″ drive with storage options ranging from 128GB to 2 TB. That should be sufficient for most consumers, but real PC fans (or just data hogs) would probably want to recommend the faster FA100.
The FA100 is a 2TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 NVMe drive with an M.2 PCIe 3.0 interface. Read and write speeds of up to 3,300 MB/s and 2,700 MB/s, respectively, are promised by Acer. There’s also the RE100, which comes in 2.5″ or M.2 SATA form factors and has a maximum capacity of 4TB or 1TB, depending on the type, and read/write speeds of up to 560 MB/s and 520 MB/s, respectively.
Biwin’s new Acer-branded DRAM devices will all be DDR4 and will have speeds ranging from 2666 MHz to 3200 MHz, with capacities ranging from 16GB to 32GB per card.
Acer’s new RAM kits and SSDs don’t appear to be available for purchase yet, and the company hasn’t mentioned any pricing information. When those details become available, we’ll let you know.