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Native name 建碁股份有限公司
Type Public
Traded as TWSE: 3046
Industry Computer
Founded 1996
Headquarters Taipei, Taiwan
Key people Hsien-ming Lin (Chairman of the Board)
Products Small Form Factor System, Motherboard, Digital Engine, XC mini, and PC cases
Parent Wistron Corporation

AOPEN Inc. (Chinese: 建碁股份有限公司; pinyin: Jiànqí Gǔfèn Yǒuxiàn Gōngsī) is a major electronics manufacturer from Taiwan that makes computers and parts for computers. AOPEN used to be the Open System Business Unit of Acer Computer Inc. which designed, manufactured and sold computer components.

It was incorporated in December 1996 as a subsidiary of Acer Group with an initial public offering (IPO) at the Taiwan stock exchange in August 2002. It is also the first subsidiary which established the entrepreneurship paradigm in the pan-Acer Group. Currently, AOPEN is a subsidiary of Wistron Group, a spin-off of the Acer Group.

AOPEN is perhaps most well known for the "Mobile on Desktop" (MoDT)solutions, AOPEN being one of the first to offer ultra small form factor media players and pc's for 24/7 use in commercial environments. These computing devices (AOPEN Mini PC and AOPEN Digital Engine) saw most use in the digital signage market. Today AOPEN grew to become one of the major players in Digital Signage hardware solutions.

AOPEN now operates a growing global business in over 100 countries worldwide. Its clients range from governments and financial institutions to retailers and branding agencies, including major global brands and blue chip Fortune 500 companies.

Company Philosophy[edit]

AOPEN's founders built a company around the idea of “open & share.” The “&” sign represents one of the images of the entire corporate identity.[1]

AOPEN's business has maintained its core values and beliefs throughout its evolution, and continues to focus on working with customers to achieve their business goals. It also fosters a culture of "intrapreneurship" to drive innovation and employee development.

AOPEN specializes in Ultra Small form factor (uSFF) platform applications; and product development and designs characterized by miniaturization, standardization and modularization.

Product Position and Strategies[edit]

The AOPEN Digital Engine is the company's flagship product. AOPEN Digital Engine series consists of a range of computing devices that provide an outstanding platform in applied computing. The AOPEN Digital Engine series are classified from value, mid to high end. This selection is based on CPU power, graphic performance, active/passive cooling and price.

At the end of 2013 AOPEN released a new groundbreaking product group called eTILE. The AOPEN eTILE is an ultra-thin, ultra-powerful and multi-purpose, multi-touch PC tile, based on Intel® Core™ Processor technology and built to perform in the most demanding commercial environments.

The eTILE is highly robust with built-in cable management so that no ports are visible to the customer, making the device perfect for intensive use in any retail environment. It’s also dust resistant and waterproof, and has a subtle and sophisticated design to engage and inform your customers. It’s the kind of device that customers want to play with, and one that retailers can have the confidence in letting them touch.

Digital Signage Platform[edit]

AOPEN uses the latest developments in information technology, aiming to strengthen digital communications within commercial environments. Digitization allows for a creative and innovative approach towards communications. Online and offline can be easily combined with the use of digital signs and displays.

Digital Signage benefits include:

+ Controlled messaging from a centralized location + Cost efficient: lower printing costs and application costs + Content changes on demand + Schedule specific content at a certain time of day + Influence the audience by triggering content based on viewer characteristics + Analyse consumer behaviour + Combine your online web strategy with in-store + Upsell items through variables + Brand consistency + Increased brand image

Products vary from AOPEN Digital Engine media players to all-in-one touch displays and other plug and play solutions.

Small Form Factor Platform[edit]

AOPEN develops SFF platform products to fulfill end users’ needs, such as HTPC and gaming PC in digital homes, and office PC in digital offices. In addition, AOPEN develops SFF business PC for business applications, such as kiosk and POS.

We continue to invest significantly in Research & Development to ensure that our products and services are market leading, enabling the seamless integration of digital media into business practices. AOPEN is not your typical OEM/ODM, we are interested in groundbreaking ideas and are happy to partner for pilots and concepts to achieve greatness.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ AOPEN Global site:

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