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Compal lands All-in-One PC orders from Asustek

Compal Electronics Inc., Taiwan's largest contract manufacturer of NB PCs in terms of shipments, has reportedly received a major order for all-in-one computers from Austek, who has replaced Quanta Computer Inc. as a major supplier.

Although Compal saw slow deployment in AIO computers, it will compete head-to-head with Quanta in not only the NB market but also the AIO market this year.

Compal is said to have acquired orders for 300,000 units of AIO computers from Asustek. In addition to Asustek, Compal has also obtained AIO orders from others, which will be shipped soon. Compal has advantages in launching vertical integration with production costs lower than rival NB manufacturers.

In the past, Compal once neglected the emergence of the Netbook computers until the products became one of the most popular items. At that time, Compal quickly landed Netbook orders from Acer Computer. The company shipped over eight million units of Netbook computers last year, a critical factor for it to surpass Quanta as the island's No. 1 contract manufacturer in the NB field last year.

Among domestic top-five NB contract manufacturers, Regatron Corporation and Quanta were the early birds to deploy AIO computers. But the biggest winner went to Quanta as it beat Regatron to land AIO orders from Hewlett Packard and Austek last year. Quanta has also acquired the AIO orders from Apple Computer. Quanta said it shipped between 3.5 million and four million units of AIO computers last year.

Another outstanding performer in the AIO computer arena went to TPV Technology Ltd., one of Taiwan's leading manufacturers of monitors. With its advantage in monitors, TPV shipped over one million units of AIO computers last year. By cooperating with Inventec Corporation, TPV has resolved to heavily involve in the production and sales of AIO computers this year, becoming Quanta's biggest rival competitor.

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