By Erik Stromquist
CTL Executive Vice President
Well we just wrapped another year at Computex here in Taipei Taiwan. In case you are not familiar with Computex, it is one the world’s largest computer and technology fairs. Computex is co-organized by government-funded Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and private sector Taipei Computer Association (TCA). The first expo, then called Taipei Computer Show, was held in 1981. This year marks CTL 15th participating year.
Each year we walk away with a certain theme. As I write this I am reflecting on all the transitions in our industry. Several years back was the rise of HDTV. In 2008, the major theme was the Netbook. Netbooks went on to command a material portion of the mobile business and change the computing environment forever. Often times, Computex is an indicator of the health of the IT industry and a predictor of things to come.
This year the theme was obvious. It was all about the tablet. ODM’s, OEM’s, and vendors all around the world including CTL and brand were showing off our latest tablets. We were very excited to be showing our new 2go slate with our partner Microsoft. Our product was featured in their booth as well as on stage during the keynote by Microsoft’s Vice President Steve Guggenheimer. CTL will be launching our 2go slate in Q3 for the North American market.
Our team was also busy on other fronts. CTL continues to work with Quanta’s cloud computing division to distribute their quad processor servers. We will be aggressively expanding our server line and production capacity in Q4 or 2010 and into 2011. We also launched our new LED computer monitors series and a 3D gaming LCD.
As I reflect on Computex 2010, we are in the middle of serious changes in the computer usage models. CTL will be there to provide these platforms to our customers. At the same time, things still remain the same. Taiwan remains firmly planted as the center of the IT world.