Quanta to venture into market for low-price PCs
Mar 30, 2007
Quanta Computer Inc., the world's largest supplier of notebook PCs on an ODM basis, will zero in on the market for low-price PCs by launching low-price notebook PCs for US$100-200 per unit in the next two years, according to Wang Zen-hua, general manager of the company.
Quanta projects to ship 5-10 million low-price notebook PCs annually for the "one laptop per child" (OLPC) project led by the company and the U.N. this year. Besides, with quite a few suppliers of brand notebook PCs getting interested in the project, Quanta's shipment is expected to mount further.
Although PCs nowadays boast versatile performances, users operate PCs mainly for simple purposes. This makes Quanta start to focus on the development of low-price notebook PCs, and set up a new business unit, namely Emerging PC Business Unit (EPBU), headed by a senior deputy manager of the company.
In addition to the OLPC project, Quanta will develop more low-price PCs for such emerging countries as mainland China, according to Wang.
Quanta said that such low-price PCs sold in emerging countries are also suitable for children in developed countries, which are equipped with general specifications and priced at around US$200 per unit.
Quanta shipped a small batch of low-price notebook PCs in February, and is scheduled to start mass production in July. The association of OPLC project hopes that the low-price notebook PCs, named XO and priced at US$150 per unit, can be cut to US$100 next year and that and the shipment volume can amount to 50 million XOs by 2010.
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