Micro-Star International

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MSI
Micro-Star International Co., Ltd
Type Public
Traded as TWSE: 2377
Industry Computer hardware
Electronics
Founded 1986
Founder(s) Xu Xiang
Jailbreak Seth Ping Huang Jinqing
Lin Wentong
You Xian'neng
Lu Qilong
Headquarters Zhonghe District, New Taipei City, Taiwan[1]
Key people Xu Xiang (Chairman)
Products Notebooks, Motherboards, Video Cards, Barebone, Consumer Electronics, Servers, Industrial Computing, All-in-One PC, Medical Devices[2]
Revenue TW$74.61 billion / $2.54 billion (2011)
Employees 18,000
Website http://www.msi.com

Micro-Star International Co., Ltd (MSI) (Chinese: :微星科技, "Micro-Star Technology") is a Taiwanese electronics company based in New Taipei City. It is one of the world's largest information technology manufacturers with its Baoan Plant in Shenzhen and research and development facilities in Kunshan.

MSI motherboard with Intel CPU.

Overview[edit]

MSI is one of the world's largest motherboard and graphics card manufacturers. MSI also manufactures a range of other products including laptops, all-in-one computers, servers, industrial computers, household appliances, car infotainment products, barebones systems, and multimedia devices.

History[edit]

MSI was established in August 1986 in Jhonghe, Taipei by 5 founders – Xu Xiang (a.k.a. Joseph Hsu), Huang Jinqing (a.k.a. Jeans Huang), Lin Wentong (a.k.a. Frank Lin), You Xian'neng (a.k.a. Kenny Yu), and Lu Qilong (a.k.a. Henry Lu). MSI first concentrated on developing and manufacturing computer motherboards and graphics cards. In 1987, the company produced the first overclocking motherboard.

MSI has also expanded into mainland China, opening its Baoan Plant in Shenzhen in 2000 and establishing research and development facilities Kunshan in 2001.

In 2008, MSI established FUNTORO, a subsidiary, providing comprehensive IT solutions for vehicle infotainment, passenger information system, and operations control in the field of public transit services.

Timeline[edit]

1987

  • MSI introduced the first overclockable 286 motherboard

1991

  • MSI introduced the first 486/586 motherboard

1995

  • MSI introduced Dual Pentium Pro-based motherboard (MS-5129)

1997

  • MSI introduced the Intel Pentium II-based motherboard with Intel MMX Technology built-on board, along with the first graphics card product (MS-4413), and the first barebone product
  • MSI inaugurated its Plant I in Jung-He city

1998

  • MSI became a public company as it went on IPO (Initial Public Offering) on the Taipei Stock Exchange (TAIEX)

1998

  • MSI introduced the first Socket 7 based motherboard (MS-5169)

2000

  • MSI Computer (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. was founded
  • MSI inaugurated its Plant III in Jung-He city
  • MSI introduced the first Set-Top Box product

2001

  • MSI Electronics (Kunshan) Co., Ltd. was founded

2002

  • MSI introduced the first PC2PC Bluetooth & WLAN motherboard

2003

  • MSI introduced the first Pen Tablet PC product (PenNote3100)[citation needed]

2004

2005

  • MSI’s annual NB shipment topped 100K

2006

  • MSI introduced the first solar-powered notebook and MP3 player product (Concept Product)[citation needed]
  • MSI introduced the first Industrial Computing product[citation needed]

2007

2008

2009

  • MSI introduced first Ultra Slim Notebook (X320)[citation needed]
  • MSI introduced the first All-in-One PC (AP1900)[citation needed]
  • MSI Netbook & Car Infotainment product won the Best Choice of COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2009 Awards[citation needed]

2010

2011

  • MSI N460GTX Hawk Graphics Card won the 2011 CES Innovations Awards.[citation needed]
  • MSI won one of Top 100 Taiwan Brands, distinguished among 500 brands.[citation needed]

2012

  • MSI introduced the first PCI Express Gen 3 motherboard
  • MSI Z68A-GD80(G3) motherboard & GT780DXR notebook won the 2012 CES Innovations Awards.[citation needed]
  • MSI GT70 gaming laptop won the Best Choice of COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2012 Awards and the Media’s Choice Awards.[citation needed]
  • MSI Z77A-GD65 motherboard won the Tom’s Hardware Awards.[citation needed]

2013

  • MSI won the 2013 CES Innovations Awards with the GT70 Dragon Edition notebook and the N680GTX Lightning graphics card.[citation needed]
  • MSI was awarded from Taiwan Excellence for 15 consecutive years.[citation needed]
  • The Z87-GD65 GAMING is the No. 1 and only Best Choice Golden Awarded motherboard. – COMPUTEX 2013[citation needed]
  • The Funtoro HD MOD vehicle infotainment system won the Best Choice of COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2013 Awards.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MSI Company Background". WiMAX Taipei. Retrieved 2010-07-18. [dead link]
  2. ^ "About MSI: Product Lines". MSI. Retrieved 2010-07-18. [dead link]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 25°00′25″N 121°29′13″E / 25.006954°N 121.486846°E / 25.006954; 121.486846