Elitegroup Computer Systems
|Public TWSE: 2331|
|Wenyan Lin Guo, CEO and Chairman; Shunyi Ni, Managing Director|
Number of employees
Elitegroup Computer Systems Co., Ltd. (ECS;Chinese: 精英電腦股份有限公司; pinyin: jīngyīng diànnǎo gǔfèn yǒuxiàn gōngsī) is a Taiwan-based electronics firm. It is the fifth largest PC motherboard manufacturer in the world (after Asus, Gigabyte Technology, ASRock, and MSI), with production reaching 24 million units in 2002.
The company has since concentrated on broadening its product range. After ECS's purchase of laptop manufacturer Uniwill in 2006, the company has been involved in the design and manufacture of laptops, desktop replacement computers and multimedia products. ECS computers are sold by Fry's Electronics under the “Great Quality” (“GQ”) brand.
Design & Production
While Elitegroup Computer Systems is headquartered in Taiwan, the company has production facilities all over the world:
- Special Economic Zone Shenzhen: (ECS Manufacturing) & Golden Elite Technology & China Golden Elite Technology
- Suzhou: (China ESZ)
- Juarez, Mexico: China EMX, Mexico EMX Plant
Design of the products is probably done in Taiwan.
Many of these motherboards have been produced for OEM customers and are used in systems assembled and sold by such brand-name companies as IBM, Compaq and Zoostorm. Its main competitors are Micro-Star International and ASRock.
ECS also produces Acer computers.
Founded in 1987, ECS is headquartered in Taiwan with operations in North America, Europe and the Pacific Rim. The company merged with PCChips (Hsing Tech Enterprise Co., Ltd), a major manufacturer of low-cost motherboards, in 2005. In June 2003, ECS was selected for two years in a row for Business Week magazine’s exclusive Information Technology 100 list.
On 10 April 2013, ECS unveiled Durathon, where all ECS motherboards are tested beyond industry standards for durability, stability, and reliability, as well as materials used in the manufacture of its motherboards.[third-party source needed] The name Durathon derives from the words durable and marathon, which refers to each motherboard's rigorous testing methods in extreme environmental conditions.
- PCChips USA, Elitegroup Computer Systems Merger, Creating a New Era in the PC Industry Fremont CA - 1 June 2005 (archived)
- ECS Durathon: Shattering Durability Standards in PC Industry
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