Quanta Computer

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Quanta Computer, Inc.
TypePublic
TWSE: 2382
IndustryComputer hardware
Electronics
Founded1988; 33 years ago (1988)
HeadquartersTaoyuan City, Taiwan 25°2′59.8″N 121°22′30.8″E / 25.049944°N 121.375222°E / 25.049944; 121.375222Coordinates: 25°2′59.8″N 121°22′30.8″E / 25.049944°N 121.375222°E / 25.049944; 121.375222
Key people
Barry Lam, Founder, CEO
ProductsNotebooks, Smartphones, Servers, Digital televisions, and others
RevenueIncrease US$27.8 billion (2014)
591,000,000 United States dollar (2010) Edit this on Wikidata
Number of employees
over 70,000 worldwide[1]
Websitewww.quantatw.com
Quanta Computer Building Gate in Hwa Ya Technology Park

Quanta Computer Incorporated (TWSE: 2382) (Chinese: 廣達電腦; pinyin: Guǎngdá Diànnǎo) is a Taiwan-based manufacturer of notebook computers and other electronic hardware. Its customers include Apple Inc., Dell, Hewlett-Packard Inc.,[2] Acer Inc., Alienware, Amazon.com, Cisco, Fujitsu, Gericom, Lenovo, LG, Maxdata, Microsoft, MPC, BlackBerry Ltd, Sharp Corporation, Siemens AG, Sony, Sun Microsystems, Toshiba, Valve Corporation, Verizon Wireless, and Vizio.[citation needed]

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.[3]

Quanta Research title at COSCUP

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 16, 2007.[4] 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.

In 2011, Quanta designed servers in conjunction with Facebook as part of the Open Compute Project.[5]

It was estimated that Quanta had a 31% worldwide market share of notebook computers in the first quarter of 2008.[6]

History[edit]

The firm was founded in 1988 by Barry Lam, a Shanghai-born businessman who grew up in Hong Kong and received his education in Taiwan, with a starting capital of less than $900,000.[7][8] A first notebook prototype was completed in November 1988, with factory production beginning in 1990.[8]

Throughout the 1990s, Quanta established contracts with Apple Computers and Gateway, among others, opening an after-sales office in California in 1991 and another one in Augsburg, Germany in 1994. In 1996, Quanta signed a contract with Dell, making the firm Quanta's largest customer at the time.[8]

In 2014, Quanta ranked 409th on Fortune's Global 500 list.[9] 2016 is the strongest period with it being in 326.[10] In 2020, Quanta dropped to rank 377.[11]

Products[edit]

Subsidiaries[edit]

Subsidiaries of Quanta Computer include:[15]

  • Quanta Cloud Technology Inc - provider of data center hardware.
  • FaceVsion Technology Inc - telecommunications, webcam, and electronic products.
  • CloudCast Technology Inc - information software and data processing - liquidated in February 2017.
  • TWDT Precision Co., Ltd. (TWDT) - 55% ownership, which was sold in June 2016.
  • RoyalTek International - In January 2006, RoyalTek became a member of the Quanta Inc.. This allows Quanta to create a top-down integration of technology and manufacturing, and we now have manufacturing factories in Taiwan and Shanghai.

Techman Robot Inc.[edit]

Techman Robot Inc. is a cobot manufacturer founded by Quanta in 2016. It is based in Taoyuan's Hwa Ya Technology Park. It is the world's second largest manufacturer of cobots after Universal Robots.[16]

Major facilities[edit]

Quanta Shanghai Manufacturing City (QSMC)

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.

Court case[edit]

In 2008, LG Electronics sued Quanta Computer company for patent infringement, when Quanta used Intel components with non Intel components.[17] 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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Quanta Computer". Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "QUANTA COMPUTER INC (2382:Taiwan): Company Description - Businessweek". investing.businessweek.com. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
  4. ^ Nystedt, Dan. "One million OLPC laptop orders confirmed". Network World. Archived from the original on 15 May 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  5. ^ Hachman, Mark (7 April 2011). "Facebook Launches 'Open Compute Initiative' Servers". PC Magazine.
  6. ^ "Quanta remained number one notebook OEM in 1Q08, says DisplaySearch". DigiTimes. 27 June 2008.
  7. ^ "Quanta Computer". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-10-30.
  8. ^ a b c "History of Quanta Computer Inc. – FundingUniverse". www.fundinguniverse.com. Retrieved 2020-10-30.
  9. ^ 中時新聞網. "全球500大 鴻海擠進32名 - 財經要聞". 中時新聞網 (in Chinese). Retrieved 2020-10-30.
  10. ^ Fortune. "Global 500 2016". Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  11. ^ "《財星》全球500強出爐9台企上榜 台積電純益率奪冠". 蘋果新聞網 (in Chinese). Retrieved 2020-10-30.
  12. ^ Ali, Zara (2017-07-25). "Apple Watch Series 3 Likely To Launch in Fall 2017 Raising Revenue for Quanta Computer". Wccftech. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  13. ^ Truta, Filip. "12-inch MacBook Air Launching in Q1, Quanta Ramps Up Manufacturing". softpedia. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  14. ^ "Macbook Pro lifts Quanta's Q1 revenue, but forex losses hit bottom line - Nikkei Asian Review". Nikkei Asian Review. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  15. ^ "(English Translation of Consolidated Financial Statements and Report Originally Issued in Chinese) QUANTA COMPUTER INC. AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS" (PDF). Quanta Computer Inc. p. 12. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 October 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  16. ^ Huang, Elaine. "This Made-in-Taiwan Robot Is Drawing International Attention". english.cw.com.tw. CommonWealth. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  17. ^ LII Staff (7 January 2008). "Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc. (06-937)". Retrieved 16 January 2017.

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