|Type||Public (TWSE: 3046)|
|Key people||Hsien-ming Lin (Chairman of the Board)|
|Products||Small Form Factor System, Motherboard, Digital Engine, XC mini, and PC cases|
AOpen Inc. (TSE： 3046) 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.
They are perhaps most well known for their "Mobile on Desktop" (MoDT) solutions, which implements Intel's Pentium M platform on desktop motherboards. Because the Pentium 4 and other NetBurst CPUs proved less energy efficient than the Pentium M, in late 2004 and early 2005, many manufacturers introduced desktop motherboards for the mobile Pentium M, AOpen being one of the first to offer such solutions.
Company Philosophy 
AOpen’s founders built a company around the idea of “open & share.” The “&” sign represents one of the images of the entire corporate identity.
AOpen specializes in Small form factor (SFF) platform applications; and product development and designs characterized by miniaturization, standardization and modularization.
Product Position and Strategies 
Since 2005 AOpen has been developing energy-saving products. According to different types of customers, applications and contexts, AOpen splits its product platforms into two major categories: digital signage platform and SFF platform.
Digital Signage Platform 
There are six major parts in AOpen’s digital signage platform applications: media player, management, deployment, display, extension and software.
Small Form Factor Platform 
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. AOpen also supplies a wide variety of I/O components, including case, motherboard, keyboard and mouse.
- MoDT details: http://global.aopen.com/news_detail.aspx?auno=5299&ntype=Corp.%20News
- "Quick and Quiet: Pentium M Desktop Boards by AOpen and DFI". Patrick Schmid, Achim Roos. http://www.tomshardware.com/2004/12/24/quick_and_quiet/. Retrieved June 18, 2006.
- "Dothan Over Netburst: Is The Pentium 4 A Dead End?". Patrick Schmid, Bert Töpelt, Frank Völkel, Uwe Scheffel. http://www.tomshardware.com/2005/05/25/dothan_over_netburst/. Retrieved June 18, 2006.
- AOpen Global site: http://global.aopen.com/about_AboutAopen.aspx
- AOpen Milestones: http://global.aopen.com/about_Milestones.aspx
- AOpen VIP product list: http://vip.aopen.com/products.htm
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