Elitegroup Computer Systems
|Type||Public TWSE: 2331|
|Headquarters||Neihu District, Taipei City, Taiwan|
|Key people||Wenyan Lin Guo, CEO and Chairman; Shunyi Ni, Managing Director|
Elitegroup Computer Systems Co., Ltd, (ECS;Chinese: 精英電腦股份有限公司; pinyin: jīngyīng diànnǎo gǔfèn yǒuxiàn gōngsī) is a Taiwan-based electronics firm. It is the fifth largest PC motherboard manufacturer in the world (after Asus, Gigabyte Technology, ASRock, and MSI), with production reaching 24 million units in 2002. Many of these motherboards have been produced for OEM customers and are used in systems assembled and sold by such brand-name companies as IBM, Compaq and Zoostorm. Its main competitors are Micro-Star International and ASRock.
The company has since concentrated on broadening its product range. After ECS's purchase of laptop manufacturer Uniwill in 2006, the company has also been making its mark in the design and manufacture of laptops, desktop replacement computers and multimedia products. ECS computers are sold by Fry's Electronics under the “Great Quality” (“GQ”) brand.
Founded in 1987, ECS is headquartered in Taiwan with operations in North America, Europe and the Pacific Rim. The company merged with PCChips (Hsing Tech Enterprise Co., Ltd), a major manufacturer of low-cost motherboards, in 2005. In June 2003, ECS was selected for two years in a row for Business Week magazine’s exclusive Information Technology 100 list.
On April 10, 2013, ECS unveiled Durathon, where all ECS motherboards are tested beyond industry standards for durability, stability, and reliability, as well as materials used in the manufacture of its motherboards. The name Durathon derives from the words durable and marathon, which refers to each motherboard's rigorous testing methods in extreme environmental conditions.
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ECS also produces Acer computers.
- PCChips USA, Elitegroup Computer Systems Merger, Creating a New Era in the PC Industry Fremont CA - June 1, 2005 (archived)
- ECS Durathon: Shattering Durability Standards in PC Industry
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