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Native name
Traded as TWSE: 3046
Industry Computer
Founded 1996
Headquarters Taipei, Taiwan
Key people

Jason Chen (Chairman)

Dale Tsai (President)
Products Small Form Factor System, Digital Engine, XC mini, eTILE, All-in-one touch system and Chrome commercial devices.
Parent Acer Inc.

AOPEN (Chinese: 建碁股份有限公司; pinyin: Jiànqí Gǔfèn Yǒuxiàn Gōngsī, stylized AOPEN) 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)[1] 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[2] and early 2005,[3] many manufacturers introduced desktop motherboards for the mobile Pentium M, AOPEN being one of the first.

Company philosophy[edit]

AOpen's founders built a company around the idea of "open & share". The ampersand represents one of the images of the entire corporate identity.[clarification needed][4]

AOpen specializes in ultra small form factor (uSFF) platform applications; digital signage; and product development and designs characterized by miniaturization, standardization and modularization.

Product position and strategies[edit]

Since 2005[5] 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[edit]

There are six major parts in AOpen's digital signage platform applications:[6] media player, management, deployment, display, extension and software.

Small Form Factor Platform[edit]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Transformation of AOpen - Leadership from optical drive to Small Form Factor". Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  2. ^ "Quick and Quiet: Pentium M Desktop Boards by AOpen and DFI". Patrick Schmid, Achim Roos. Retrieved 18 June 2006.
  3. ^ "Dothan Over Netburst: Is The Pentium 4 A Dead End?". Patrick Schmid, Bert Töpelt, Frank Völkel, Uwe Scheffel. Retrieved 18 June 2006.
  4. ^ AOPEN Global site:
  5. ^ "Milestones". Archived from the original on 2009-10-20. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  6. ^ "Vertical Integration Platform". Archived from the original on 2009-10-11. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 

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