Gigabyte Technology

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Gigabyte Technology
Type Public
Traded as TWSE: 2376
Industry Computer hardware
Electronics
Founded 1986
Founder(s) Pei-Chen Yeh
Headquarters Xindian District, New Taipei City, Taiwan
Area served Worldwide
Key people Pei-Chen Yeh (Chairman)
Ming-Hsiung Liu (CEO)
Products Air Cooling
Computer Cases
Computer Peripherals
Graphics Cards
Motherboards
Notebooks
PDAs
Power Supplies
Server Hardware
Smartphones
Revenue Increase US$1.55 Billion (2011)[1]
Operating income Increase US$35.4 Million (2011)[1]
Profit Increase US$53.7 Million (2011)[1]
Employees 7,100 (2012)[2]
Website www.gigabyte.com
Gigabyte Technology
Chinese 技嘉科技

Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. (Chinese: 技嘉科技股份有限公司; pinyin: Jìjiā Kējì Gŭfèn Yŏuxiàn Gōngsī, lit. High Skill Technology Corporation) is a Taiwan-based manufacturer of computer hardware products best known for its motherboards. The company is publicly held and traded on the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

History[edit]

Established in 1986, its major customers include custom boutique PC manufacturers such as Alienware and Falcon Northwest. Mr. Pei-Cheng Yeh founded GigaByte Technology Co. Ltd. in 1986 and has been its Chairman since 1986.[3] Gigabyte is considered a Tier 1 motherboard manufacturer (based on units sold) along with Micro-Star International (MSI), Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) and Asus.

Timeline[edit]

2006

  • Gigabyte launch of the first Ultra Durable motherboard.[4]
  • Gigabyte announced a joint venture with Asus.[5]

2007

  • Gigabyte was the first company in the world to produce a software controlled power supply for desktop computers, the ODIN GT series.[6]

2010

  • Gigabyte was awarded “Top 20 Taiwan Global Brand” conducted by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) with an estimate brand value of US$ 106 million.[7]
  • Gigabyte first to launch on/off charge utility for Apple iPad and iPhone to quickly charge from the motherboard.[8]

2011

  • Gigabyte Launch World’s First Z68 Motherboards with Onboard mSATA for Intel® SLC SSDs and Smart Response Technology.[9]

2012

2013

  • Gigabyte ship 21 million motherboards in 2013, their highest ever volumes shipped, in the company's 28-year history.[11][12]

Products[edit]

In addition to the design and manufacture of motherboards hosting AMD and Intel processors, the company also makes graphics cards built around the AMD and NVIDIA GPUs, such as the GeForce GTX780 Ti and Radeon R9 290X.

Secondary lines in the company's product portfolio include desktop computer, laptops, tablet computers,[13] Ultrabooks (Gigabyte U2442N[14] scheduled for release in Q2 2012[15]), server motherboards, server racks, optical disc drives, liquid crystal display (LCD), monitors, keyboards, mice, cooling components, mobile phones (GSmart) and high end mobile phone products (personal digital assistant (PDA) phone, TV phone etc.), networking equipment, power supplies, and a line of computer cases.

April 2011: Gigabyte S1080 is a tablet computer powered by an Intel Atom processor. A dual booting version is expected, i.e., each time it starts it can run one of two operating systems: Android, or Windows 7 Home Premium.[16]

Smartphones[edit]

The Following List Belong to GSmart Series of smartphones:

Motherboard naming conventions[edit]

Gigabyte uses a special system for naming their motherboards. For example, take the GA-P35-DS3R. The first segment, GA, simply denotes that it is manufactured by Gigabyte. The second segment indicates what chipset it is using, in this case Intel's P35. The third segment shows what features the motherboard has. This segment mostly contains a number of abbreviations. General formula: GA-[Power saving method+Chipset name+form factor+Specific Feature]-[main features+minor Feature]

Available 1st segment abbreviations:

  • If "A" appears after the chipset code, it has the 333 onboard acceleration (USB 3.0, USB Power X3, SATA 3.0 6 Gbit/s)
  • If "M" appears after the chipset code, it is a mATX board
  • If "N" appears after the chipset code, it is a Mini-ITX board
  • If "P" appears after the chipset code, it supports integrated graphics with video output
  • If "X" appears after the chipset code, it uses advanced digital power (Z77 chipset and later) or extra features such as SLI (prior to Z77)
  • If "M" appears in front of the chipset number it means it is for an AMD processor, but has a non-AMD chipset
  • If "MA" appears before the chipset number it is for an AMD processor and has an AMD chipset (e.g., GA-880GMA-USB3)
  • If "E" appears before the chipset number it has Dynamic Energy Saver as energy saving method (e.g., GA-EG45M-UD2H)

Available 2nd segment abbreviations:

  • T - Only DDR3 SDRAM support (e.g., GA-MA770T-US3)
  • C - Both DDR2 and DDR3 SDRAM support
  • F - Includes FireWire port and header (e.g., GA-EG41MF-US2H)
  • No T or C abbreviations mean that the motherboard only has DDR2 SDRAM support

Available 3rd segment abbreviations:

  • If E - appears as the first letter in the 3rd segment (e.g., GA-G31M-ES2L), it means it has Easy Energy Saver feature
  • D (Ultra Durable 2) - Indicates that the motherboard uses only solid state capacitors (e.g. GA-X48-DQ6)
  • U/UD (Ultra Durable 3) - Introduces 2 ounces of copper for both the Power and Ground layers
  • USB3 - Indicates that the motherboard featured Ultra Durable 3 and USB 3.0 support
  • S2 (Smart, Safe) - Various features such as Q-Flash BIOS
  • S3 (Smart, Speed, Safe) - Same as above, but includes overclocking features
  • S4 (Silent Pipe, Smart, Speed, Safe) - Same as S3, but uses heat pipe cooling
  • S5 (CrossFire, Silent Pipe, Smart, Speed, Safe) - Same as S4, but with CrossFire support
  • Q6 (Quad BIOS, Quad Cooling, Quad E-SATA 2.0, Quad Triple Phase, Quad-Core Optimized, Quad DDR2 Slots) - Indicates quad-core optimization
  • UP Similar to UD, but with improved power regulation
  • # (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 9) - Compares boards of same class (e.g., GA-P55-UD3)
  • R - 2 extra SATA 2.0 ports and possibly RAID support. May have FireWire port. May not have ATI CrossFire support (e.g., GA-P35-DS3R)
  • G - Solid capacitors for the CPU Volt Regulator Module
  • H - HDMI port on-board
  • V - Includes more video outputs (i.e.: GA-G41MT-D3V additional DVI output, GA-G41MT-D3 with serial and parallel output instead)
  • L - Probably "Lite", meaning fewer SATA 2.0 ports, no RAID support, no FireWire ports, no ATI CrossFire support, no heatsink cooling (e.g., GA-P35-DS3L). It could also indicate Gigabit LAN (as in GA-G31M-S2L, versus GA-G31M-S2C which has support for 10/100 Mbit/s Ethernet). {update: “L” / “C” / “E” / “G” means minor/customized spec change version}
  • P - Silent Pipe, RAID, Extra PCI Express slots, extra SATA 2.0 ports (e.g., GA-EP45-DS3P)

Available 4th segment abbreviations:

  • TH - Provides Thunderbolt interface
  • WB - Includes PCI-e x1 card with Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n) interfaces including 2 external antennas.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Financials, 2011". Bloomberg Business Week. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Snapshot". Bloomberg Business Week. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "People, Pei-Chen Yeh". Bloomberg Business Week. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "GIGABYTE Announces Ultra Durable "All Solid Capacitor" Motherboard". PCSTATS. 5 June 2006. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "ASUSTeK and Gigabyte form joint venture". Digitimes.com. 8 August 2006. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Gigabyte's New Odin GT 800W Power Supply". AnandTech. 24 July 2007. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Gigabyte ranked top 20 in Taiwan global brand value survey". TAITRA. 4 November 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Gigabyte launches charge Apple products". SemiAccurate. 23 April 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "GIGABYTE Launch World’s First Z68 Motherboards with Onboard mSATA". Digitimes.com. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Gigabyte Installs 60A Power ICs onto Motherboards". X-bit labs. 4 June 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Gigabyte to Perform Exceptionally Well with Motherboard Shipments in 2013". TechPowerUp. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Gigabyte expected to post 28-year shipments high of 21 million motherboards in 2013". DIGITIMES. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  13. ^ With Windows 7: Hybrid Computer from Gigabyte (German), Netzwelt, Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  14. ^ Gigabyte U2442N (German), Retrieved 16 March 2012
  15. ^ Chandna, Pulkit (6 March 2012). "Gigabyte Announces U2442N and U2442V Ultrabooks". Maximum PC. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  16. ^ Duncan, Geoff (13 April 2011). "Gigabyte planning dual-boot Windows/Android tablets". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  17. ^ "Gigabyte GSmart Rey R3 - Full Specifications And Features". Retrieved 31 March 2014. 

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