Want China Times — Taiwan’s Acer is aiming to triple the number of its cloud users in 2015 as the world’s fifth-largest PC maker responds to a shrinking PC industry by making software and offering online cloud services. Maverick Shih, president of Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) and tablet business group, said the company has seen the number of individual users of its free cloud services jump from 5 million last year to nearly 10 million so far this year, and the figure is estimated to reach 15 million by year-end.
Taiwan-based PC maker Asustek announced the launch of its ZenWorld cloud ecosystem program on Aug. 18, teaming up with software, hardware vendors as well as IoT providers, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Commercial Times. The purpose of ZenWorld is to leverage the resources and business advantages of Asustek and its partners through Asustek’s cloud platform, collaborating with software developers to promote new products or services to end users, said Peter Wu, CEO of Asustek’s cloud division.
Want China Times — Taiwanese computer maker Acer refreshed its entry-level notebook lineup Tuesday with two models powered by the Windows 10 operating system, as part of efforts to develop its cloud computing business. The Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 and 14 feature a fan-less design of just 17.9mm thick, while the 11-inch model weighs just 1.15kg and the 14-inch model weighs in at 1.6kg.
Digi Times — Acer has reportedly obtained orders for servers used in data centers from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which could affect TSMC’s orders to its original supplier IBM, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Although Lenovo’s share in the server market has quickly picked up from 3% to 8% after acquiring IBM’s x86 server business, some of IBM’s original clients have concerns and have started to look eleswhere for supplies, the sources said.
Want China Times — Taiwanese computer maker Acer said Wednesday it is holding discussions with 10 local companies on the possibility of supplying them with cloud computing storage solutions. The new cloud storage solution, developed in collaboration with Taiwan-based Hope Bay Technologies, is suitable for use by companies that have 100 to 1,000 employees, said Towny Huang, president of Taiwan operations at Acer.
Lenovo Group, the world’s biggest PC maker by sales, said on Thursday that it aims to grab a “double-digit” share in Taiwan’s consumer PC market that is currently dominated by the local brands Asustek Computer and Acer. Lenovo currently accounts for 6%-7% of the Taiwan consumer PC market by unit sales, which the Chinese giant expects will reach 10% by the end of current fiscal year that will conclude in March 2016, said Lenovo Taiwan general manager Paul Tseng, who took office on April 1 this year.
Taiwanese PC vendor Acer and chip maker MediaTek on Wednesday called for an integrated ecosystem for the Internet of Things (IoT) — the concept of connecting ordinary household devices to the internet. Addressing the summit forum of Computex Taipei, Acer founder and honorary chairman Stan Shih said he expected the arrival of a new computing and communication world in the future that will be driven by cloud computing and IoT technologies.
On June 1, Taiwan-based handset chip designer MediaTek unveiled its IoT (Internet of Things) chipsets at Asia’s largest IT trade show, the Taipei Computex, gearing up for the next growth leap in the booming IoT market, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Commercial Times. The first step for the IoT is to connect every end-device through wireless and provide a platform for hardware and software integration, said Tsai Shou-jen, general manager of MediaTek’s Wireless Connectivity Business Unit.
Acer founder and honorary chair Stan Shih urged European and Taiwanese companies on Monday to work together to cater to the increasing demand for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. “Taiwan will become an enabler of (the) global IoT era, so don’t miss (out on a) partnership with Taiwan,” Shih said at the ExA Summit in Taipei co-organized by his foundation and the Germany-based Wangdao Alliance, a consortium of leading representatives from Asia and Europe’s IoT industry.
Taiwanese computer maker Acer has added three new models to its Liquid Leap smart band lineup that will be on display at Computex Taipei, the world’s second-biggest computer trade show scheduled for June 2-6. The three new members are the Leap Active for what Acer describes as “socially active young-minded consumers,” the Leap Fit for “health-conscious consumers,” and the Leap Curve with a curved screen for “urban style-seekers,” Acer said in a press release.
Computex Taipei, the largest computer exhibition in Asia, is expected to place wearable devices under the spotlight to show off the latest innovation of the global high-tech industry, organizers said Saturday. Computex, the second largest information communications technology trade show in the world, will have exhibitors showcase a wide range of wearable products, such as smart watches, smart bracelets, smart glasses and even smart garments, organizers said.
Taiwanese computer maker Acer said Thursday it will take cautious steps to develop Internet of Things (IoT) applications as it seeks to explore new business opportunities in a shrinking PC market. Acer chairman George Huang told employees at an internal meeting that the company has failed in the past to keep pace with “paradigm shifts” in the PC industry, which grew about 15% annually from 2003 to 2010 and declined more than 10% per year between 2010 and 2013.
Acer has obtained approval from Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs to invest US$5 million to set up a subsidiary specifically for promoting its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) business in the China market, according to the company. The subsidiary will invest US$4 million to establish a BYOC experiencing center in Chongqing, China. The facility will be the company’s third BYOC center worldwide following ones in Taiwan and the US.
Taiwan-based Acer is looking to export its cloud computing services to other countries and has targeted China, India, Malaysia and the Philippines as it looks for local system integrators for cooperation. Acer’s president of Pan-Asia Pacific Regional Operation Oliver Ahrens noted that the company is developing fast in both China and India and has already seen progress in a few cases in Malaysia. Acer’s president of Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) business Maverick Shih pointed out that the business has three major product lines: cloud computing services, which the company is aggressively looking to export; Internet of things (IoT); and Acer Octon, the telecom solution unit. The company is also seeing strong orders for related solutions.
Acer has been one of the major contributors to Chrome OS for a while now. The second 15.6-inch Chromebook is preparing to roll out with new internals and an even cheaper price point at $199. The three month time window has not left a great amount of time to update internals. Acer has dropped a few of the specs to meet with the new price point — which is $50 cheaper than the Chromebook 15 CB5-571 launched at CES 2015.
Taiwanese computer maker Acer is expanding its smartphone business into the United States for the first time by bringing its Windows 10-ready handset to Microsoft retail outlets. The Acer Liquid M220 smartphone will be available at Microsoft Stores and Microsoftstore.com in the United States from June for US$79.99, Acer announced at its global press event in New York on Thursday to launch new products for the back-to-school season.
Acer has announced it will cooperate with Taiwan-based venture fund AppWorks, combining Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) platform with AppWorks’ resources to incubate start-up companies for the Internet of Things (IoT). Acer’s general manager of BYOC business Robert Wang said that Acer has already obtained Quanta Computer’s and Wistron’s agreements to provide assistance on the manufacturing side.
Acer Octon, a joint venture established in November 2014 by Taiwan-based IT vendor Acer and US-based multimedia application developer Octon, will soon announce the outcomes of talks it has been holding with the three largest telecom carriers in North America about cooperation, according to company president James Sha. Acer Octon has also been making deployments in the China and Southeast Asia markets concerning adoption of abPBX plus, its cloud computing-based IP communication solution for businesses, Sha said.
Taipei, March 22 (CNA) Acer Octon Inc. (宏碁通信), the telecom solutions unit owned by Taiwanese PC maker Acer Inc. (宏碁), is expected to announce a new Chinese customer at the 2015 China (Chongqing) International Cloud Computing Expo, which will be held from April 10-12 in Chongqing. Acer Octon General Manager James Sha (沙舟) told a media briefing recently that the new customer is a large-scale Chinese enterprise that is not a telecommunications operator.
TAIPEI — Taiwan’s Acer Inc. (宏碁) achieved a record-high notebook market share of 34.8 percent in Thailand in the fourth quarter of 2014, the company said Wednesday, citing data from research firm IDC. Acer’s record-high share also marks “a new chapter for the brand’s continuous market leadership for over a decade” in Thailand, the New Taipei-based company said in a statement that did not disclose the market shares of other vendors or the overall market volume during the quarter.