Quanta Computer

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Coordinates: 25°2′59.8″N 121°22′30.8″E / 25.049944°N 121.375222°E / 25.049944; 121.375222

Quanta Computer, Inc.
Industry Computer hardware
Electronics
Founded Taipei, Taiwan (1988)
Key people
Barry Lam, Founder, CEO
Products Notebooks, Smart Phones, Servers, Digital televisions, and others
Revenue Increase USD 4.6 billion (2011)
Number of employees
over 70,000 worldwide[1]
Website www.quantatw.com

Quanta Computer Incorporated (TWSE: 2382) (simplified Chinese: 广达电脑; traditional Chinese: 廣達電腦; pinyin: Guǎngdá Diànnǎo) is a Taiwan-based manufacturer of notebook computers and other electronic hardware. It is the largest manufacturer of notebook computers in the world.[2] Its customers include Apple Inc., Compaq, Dell, Gateway, Hewlett-Packard,[3] Alienware, Amazon.com, Cisco, Fujitsu, Gericom, Lenovo, LG, Maxdata, MPC, BlackBerry Ltd, Sharp Corporation, Siemens AG, Sony, Sun Microsystems, Toshiba, Verizon Wireless, and Vizio.[citation needed] It was founded by Barry Lam in 1988. Lam continues to head the company. Quanta has extended its businesses into enterprise network systems, home entertainment, mobile communication, automotive electronics, and digital home markets. The company also designs, manufactures and markets GPS systems, including handheld GPS, in-car GPS, Bluetooth GPS and GPS with other positioning technologies.[4]

Quanta Computer was announced as the original design manufacturer (ODM) for the XO-1 by the One Laptop per Child project on December 13, 2005, and took an order for one million laptops as of February 15, 2007.[5] In October 2008, it was announced that Acer would phase out Quanta from the production chain, and instead outsource manufacturing of 15 million Aspire One netbooks to Compal Electronics.[6]

In 2011, Quanta designed servers in conjunction with Facebook as part of the Open Compute Project.[7]

It was estimated that Quanta had a 31% worldwide market share of notebook computers in the first quarter of 2008.[8]

Major facilities[edit]

Shanghai, China (QSMC) This was the first mainland China plant built by Quanta Computer, in December 2000, to focus on OEM and ODM production and currently employs nearly 30,000 people. Huangjian Tang, Quanta's Chairman for China, manages seven major plants, F1 to F7, two large warehouses, H1 and H2, and the Q-BUS Research and Development facility.

Chongqing, China (QCMC) Built in April 2010. Quanta Computer invested and built a plant in Chongqing, China, the third plant built by Quanta Computer in China.

Achievements[edit]

2010 "Fortune" - the world's top 500 enterprises. Ranked 279

2010 "Fortune" - the world's top 500 enterprises. Ranked 327

2009 topped the "World Magazine" Benchmarking Enterprise Reputation: Chairman Barry Lam won the "most respected entrepreneurs entrepreneurs" glory

2009 topped the U.S. "Business Week" (Business Week) - "Global Tech 100" Ranked 7

2008 topped the U.S. "Fortune" (Fortune) - "2008 World's most respected enterprises" Ranked 12

Court case[edit]

In 2008, LG Electronics sued Quanta Computer company for patent infringement, when Quanta used Intel components with non Intel components.[9] The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that LG, who had a patent sharing deal with Intel did not have the right to sue, because Quanta, being a consumer, did not need to abide by patent agreements with Intel and LG.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.quantatw.com/quanta/english/about/company.aspx
  2. ^ One Laptop per Child
  3. ^ Lander, Mark (25 Mar 2002). "Taiwan Maker of Notebook PC's Thrives Quietly". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 7 February 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "QUANTA COMPUTER INC (2382:Taiwan): Company Description - Businessweek". investing.businessweek.com. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Nystedt, Dan. "One million OLPC laptop orders confirmed". Network World. Archived from the original on 7 February 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Acer Reportedly Drops Quanta as Netbook Maker, Chooses Compal, Winstron.". DigiTimes. 16 Oct 2008. Archived from the original on 16 October 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  7. ^ Hachman, Mark (7 April 2011). "Facebook Launches 'Open Compute Initiative' Servers". PC Magazine. 
  8. ^ "Quanta remained number one notebook OEM in 1Q08, says DisplaySearch". DigiTimes. 27 June 2008. 
  9. ^ Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc. (06-937)

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