China investment in Taiwan IC design houses is feasible, says Acer founder

TaiwanDigi Times — In response to China-based Tsinghua Unigroup’s interest in combining its two subsidiary IC designers with Taiwan-based MediaTek, Acer founder Stan Shih said that China-based investment in Taiwan-based IC design houses is feasible as long as the investment is balanced based on appropriate stake ratios and constraining conditions such as protecting intellectual properties.

Acer, ATS sign partnership with Germany-based car vendor for in-car service solution

TaiwanDigi Times — Acer and its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) partner Advanced Telematic System (ATS) recently signed contracts with a first-tier car vendor in Germany to provide an in-car solution that is able to identify and manage the driver and provide specific navigation and entertainment services. The system will be tested in the fourth quarter, but Acer declined to reveal the client.

Merger with Asustek unlikely, says Acer CEO

TaiwanDigi Times — In response to market watchers’ suggestions that Asustek Computer should merge with Acer to create synergies and international competitiveness, Acer CEO Jason Chen emphasized that this is really impossible, not least because Asustek and Acer have a combined market share of about 70% in Taiwan and so a merger would violate Fair Trade law.

IFA 2015: Acer unveils new smartphone with 10-core CPU

TaiwanDigi Times — Acer has unveiled its new smartphone, the Predator 6, at the ongoing IFA 2015. The new model features a MediaTek 10-core Helio X20 processor, 6-inch display and 21-megapixel camera, with 4GB RAM and four speakers. Since MediaTek’s Helio X20 CPUs are expected to be available at the end of 2015, Acer will officially launch the Predator 6 at a later date, according to industry sources.

Acer Wants to Enter the Robot Business

TaiwanSoft Pedia — Additionally, the company has launched the already famous Revo modular PC that made quite a stir during the IFA conference, impressing the audience with its look and simplicity. Having quite a success in entry-level smartphones and desktop computing, the company decided that the company is planning to invest in a firm that is mainly focused on robot R&D.

Acer set to triple cloud service users to 15 million in 2015

TaiwanWant 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.

Asustek forms ZenWorld cloud alliance to rival Acer’s BYOC

TaiwanTaiwan-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.

Acer unveils Windows 10-based Cloudbook entry-level laptops

TaiwanWant 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.

Acer reportedly lands server orders from TSMC

TaiwanDigi 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.

Acer in talks to provide corporate cloud storage service

TaiwanWant 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 to take on Asustek, Acer in Taiwan’s PC market

TaiwanLenovo 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.

COMPUTEX: Acer, MediaTek call for IoT integration

TaiwanTaiwanese 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.

MediaTek unveils IoT chip targeting smart home market

TaiwanOn 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.

Don’t miss partnership with Taiwan on IoT, says Acer founder

TaiwanAcer 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.

Acer expands smart band lineup for Computex Taipei

TaiwanTaiwanese 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 to spotlight wearable devices

TaiwanComputex 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.

Acer opts for slow approach to apps for IoT

TaiwanTaiwanese 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 to set up China subsidiary to promote BYOC

TaiwanAcer 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.

Acer targeting China, India, Malaysia and the Philippines for BYOC business

TaiwanTaiwan-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 Launches 15-inch Chromebook for $199

TaiwanAcer 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.