DFI

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DFI Inc.
友通資訊股份有限公司
Public TSEC:2397)
Industry Computer hardware
Electronics
Founded 1981
Headquarters New Taipei City, Taiwan
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Chi-Hong Chen
(CEO and Chairman)
Chi-Nan Tsai
(Managing Director)
Products Industrial Motherboard
System On Module
Embedded System
Industrial Display
Revenue Increase NT$3,717.1 Million (2017)[1]
Increase NT$484.6 Million (2017)[1]
Increase NT$418.3 Million (2017)[1]
Number of employees
630 worldwide (180+ R&D)
Parent Qisda Corporation
Website www.dfi.com
www.dfi-itox.com

DFI is an industrial Computer company with headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan. It designs, develops, manufactures, and sells industrialmotherboard, Industrial PC, System-on-Module, industrial displays, and ODM/OEM services.

DFI was founded by Y.C Lu on July 14, 1981, developing and selling electronics components and Add-on cards in the beginning. However, DFI switched to the production of motherboards after searching for potential markets and deciding to focus on the strengths of DFI. Targeting the new growing market in motherboard products, DFI announced the Patent License Agreement with Intel Corporation to build partnership with Intel in 1990 and has been developing and manufacturing motherboard products since 1992. With continuous dedication, DFI quickly gained a reputation in Asia-Pacific region after five years and was awarded Top 10 motherboard Manufacturer in CNR Magazine from the year 1997 to 1999.[citation needed] Starting from 1998, DFI began to follow the strategies of Intel by releasing Intel 440BX series motherboards, 810 motherboards, and 810e motherboards to worldwide markets. Since its growing advances in manufacturing motherboards, DFI was awarded the Intel Global Demo Board manufacturer award in 1998 and 1999 respectively.[citation needed]

Catering to the growing market of high-end motherboards, DFI developed advanced overclocking motherboards, the LanParty series, which has proven to be a valuable segment for small powerful computers that meet the requirements of end users from the 2000s.[citation needed] DFI introduced the junior lineup (“JR”) with two products, p45 and 790gx, in the beginning, but have since been extended with Nvidia and X58 chipsets. There are other LanParty series like LT, DK(Dark), and Lanparty UT.


With blossoming business in the market, DFI went public and launched its initial public offering (IPO) on January 15th, 2000. DFI has already gained a reputation from its motherboard products[citation needed] and hot-selling[citation needed] lineup, LanParty, at that time. And aside from developing LanParty consumer products, DFI started to develop ACP (Application Control Platform) businesses, mainly targeted at vertical applications in slot machine, POS, security system, and so on since 2002. In 2005, DFI gained over 50% revenues from this new business. With this successful transformation, Industrial PC became the primary business of DFI. As of 2003, DFI’s[citation needed] overclocking gamer motherboard, LANPARTY NFII ULTRA, was awarded the Chief Editor Choice Award in PC Magazine and the Best Creativity Award in Tom's Hardware.[citation needed]


Since DFI planned to focus on developing embedded system products, not only did they stopped developing Consumer Product Line, but also started establishing embedded system developments and designs in 2011 to expand its industrial computer business. Which later became the core value of DFI in the coming years.[citation needed] After 3 consistent years of developing industrial computer products, DFI’s EC200-BT fanless embedded system and EC541-HD Modular-designed system was awarded the Computex d&i Award;[citation needed] EC541-HD Modular-designed system was awarded the Red Star Design Award;[citation needed] EC200-BT fanless embedded system was awarded the Golden Pin Design Award.[citation needed] As of 2015, DFI was recognized as a certified partner with Microsoft Azure IoT Platform[citation needed], making it easier to provide software and hardware integration services for embedded systems. In order to provide more flexible embedded products and solutions to meet different areas of applications, DFI has joined Qisda/BenQ Group, who was acclaimed as a 2018 Top 100 Global Technology Leader by Thomson Reuters[2], at the end of 2017.

Corporate information[edit]

History[edit]

DFI was first established in 1981 by Y.C Lu. At that time, DFI began as a graphics card maker with a turnover of 100 cards.[citation needed] In 1992, DFI abandoned its graphics card production and switched to the production of motherboards as the graphics card market was too limited at the time and did not have potential to grow.[citation needed] After 5 years, DFI quickly gained a reputation in the Asia-Pacific region. It peaked as high as one of the top 15 motherboard manufacturers at that time.[citation needed]

In 1998, DFI became the sole design partner for the Intel 810 series chipset, which gained more attention. In 2003, DFI internally reorganised its line into 3 distinct groups. One was the standard OEM line, another is the Infinity budget range, and the last as the LANParty range.[3][4] The head of the LANParty range was Oskar Wu, who joined DFI after he resigned from ABIT after the NForce series.[5]

Currently, as of 2006, DFI had left being one of the most competitive manufacture as it used to be in 90's, as of 2009 DFI told its LANParty team there would be no more LANParty products.[6] They now specialized in some industrial computing and legacy parts for old computers.[citation needed]

Name[edit]

Recently there has been confusion over what DFI means, however Design for Innovation appears to simply be a slogan, a situation with close parallels to Lucky Goldstar with their slogan of Life's Good and Micro-Star International's slogan of My Style Inside.

Actually, DFI, stands for Diamond Flower International.[citation needed] Diamond Flower being the name of David and YC Lu's mother, translated from mandarin.

Location[edit]

DFI is located in Hsi-Chih City, Taiwan with regional offices in the United States, Europe, China and Japan.

Popular products[edit]

  • Note DFI no longer makes high end gamer boards such as the LanParty series for end users. DFI does not support and or provide manuals or drivers for the boards listed below. The original DFI LANparty website was shut down in 2010.

DFI caters to the enthusiast market with motherboards with advanced overclocking features and a design with ultraviolet-reactive connectors on a black PCB. There are two versions of the LANParty line with the UT similar to the full LANParty gear except for the omission of the PC Transpo bag, UV sleeving kit, FrontX Panel, and less UV-reactant cables.

DFI introduced their Junior lineup in the mid summer of 2008 with two products, p45 and 790gx, but have somewhat been extended with a nvidia chipset and X58 chipset in late 2008. The junior lineup "JR" is micro-ATX and they usually support Crossfire or SLI setups with dual-slot videocards. This series has proven to be a valuable segment in the future for small, powerful computers.[citation needed] However, they don't contain the same power circuitry ("VRM/PWM") and BIOS options as their full-sized "ATX" counterparts.

There are other LanParty series like LT and DK(Dark). Lanparty UT is still the most high end line of products and few chipsets are reserved under the name.

The different variants include some of these popular products in the Lanparty series:

Socket AM3

  • DFI LP JR 790GX-M3H5
  • DFI LP DK 790FXB-M3H5
  • DFI LP BI 785G-M35

Socket AM2/AM2+

  • DFI LP JR 790GX-M2RS
  • DFI LP DK 790GX-M2RS
  • DFI LP DK 790FXB-M2RSH
  • DFI LP DK 790FXB-M2RS
  • DFI LP DK 790FX-M2RS
  • DFI LP UT 790FX-M2R

Socket AM2

  • LANParty UT nForce 590 SLI-M2R/G

Socket 939

  • LANParty UT Crossfire CFX3200-DR
  • LANParty UT Crossfire RDX200 CF-DR
  • LANParty UT nForce 4 SLI-DR Venus
  • LANParty UT nForce 4 SLI-DR Expert
  • LANParty nForce 4 SLI-DR (UT Version also available)
  • LANParty UT nForce 4 SLI-D
  • LANParty UT nForce 4 Ultra-D
  • LANParty UT nForce 3 Ultra-D

Socket 754

  • LANParty UT nForce 3 250 GB

Socket A (462)

  • LANParty NFII Ultra
  • LANParty NFII Ultra B
  • LANParty KT400A

Socket T (LGA775)

  • LANParty UT X48 T3RS
  • LANParty UT X48 T3R
  • LANParty UT X48 T2R
  • LANParty LT X48 T2R
  • LANParty JR GF9400 T2RS
  • LANParty JR P45 T2RS
  • LANParty DK P45 T3RSB+
  • LANParty DK P45 T2RS+
  • LANParty LT X38 T2R
  • LANParty UT P35 T2R
  • LANParty LT P35 T2R
  • LANParty DK P35 T2RS
  • Blood Iron P35 T2S
  • LANParty UT Crossfire ICFX3200-T2R/G
  • LANParty UT Intel 915P-T12
  • LANParty Intel 925X-T2
  • LANParty Intel 875P-T

Socket (LGA1366)

  • DFI LP UT X58-T3eH8
  • DFI LP JR X58-T3H6
  • DFI LP DK X58-T3eH6

Socket (LGA1156)

  • DFI LP Dark P55-T3eH6

DFI also has another line primarily aimed at budget overclockers. This line is the "Infinity"/"Bloodiron", which started with the nForce 2. The "Bloodiron" is just the Infinity series renamed.

AMD lineup

  • nForce 4 DAGF
  • nForce 4 Ultra Infinity
  • nForce 4x Infinity
  • nForce 4 SLI Infinity
  • RS482 Infinity
  • nForce 2 Infinity
  • CFX3200-M2/G Infinity

Intel lineup

  • Intel 975X/G Infinity
  • Intel P965 Express

DFI is also manufacturing various motherboards for mainstream users. This product line is the "General" line. For those wanting to build silent computers, there is a product line called "Silent PC".

DFI-ACP[edit]

DFI is also manufacturing motherboards for various industrial purposes. DFI-ACP is a Wintel based platform provider for non-PC business, products range from board level, open frame, add-on boards to barebone systems.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Financial Statements For DFI Inc (2397)". Bloomberg Business.
  2. ^ "Top 100 Global Tech Leaders".
  3. ^ "DFI Motherboard Roadmap". DailyTech. 29 May 2006. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  4. ^ "DFI PRO 875: Introducing the LAN Party Series". AnandTech. 10 June 2003. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  5. ^ "The 0scar Wu BIOS revisited". Mad Shrimps. 16 November 2008. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  6. ^ "The (LAN)Party is over for DFI". bit-tech. 3 June 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  7. ^ "DFI goes industrial with growing ACP sales". DIGITIMES. 28 April 2005. Retrieved 7 March 2015.

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