Acer Incorporated. (LSE: ACID) (traditional Chinese:
宏碁股份有限公司) is a Taiwanese multinational electronics manufacturer. It owns the
largest franchised computer retail chain in Taipei, Taiwan. Acer is the third
largest computer manufacturer in the world (by sales) after HP and Dell Inc.
and its product lineup includes desktop and mobile PCs (laptops), as well as
personal digital assistants (PDAs), servers and storage, displays, peripherals,
and e-business services for business, government, education, and home users.
Apple Inc., (NASDAQ: AAPL) formerly Apple Computer, Inc., is an American
multinational corporation with a focus on designing and manufacturing consumer
electronics and software products. The company's best-known hardware products
include the Macintosh line of personal computers, the iPod line of portable
media players, and the iPhone. Apple's software products include the Mac OS X
operating system, iTunes media browser, the iLife suite of multimedia and
creativity software, and Final Cut Studio, a suite of professional audio- and
film-industry software products. The company operates more than 200 retail
stores in seven countries and an online store where hardware and software
products are sold.
ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated (Asus) (TSE: 2357) (traditional Chinese:
華碩電腦股份有限公司) is a Taiwanese company that produces motherboards, graphics cards,
optical drives, PDAs, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile
phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems.
Commonly called by its brand name Asus (pronounced ah-soo-ss or [a'sus] in IPA),
it is listed on both the London Stock Exchange and the Taiwan Stock Exchange. In
2007, one in three desktop PCs sold was powered by an ASUS motherboard
Compaq Computer Corporation was an American personal computer company founded in
1982, and is now a brand name of Hewlett-Packard.
The company was formed by Rod Canion, Jim Harris and Bill Murto — former Texas
Instruments senior managers. The name "COMPAQ" was derived from "Compatibility
and Quality", as at its formation Compaq produced some of the first IBM PC
Once the largest supplier of personal computing systems in the world, Compaq
existed as an independent corporation until 2002, when it merged with
The multinational company Dell, Inc. — based in Round Rock, Texas — develops,
manufactures, sells, and supports personal computers and other computer-related
products. As of 2008 Dell employs more than 88,000 people worldwide.
Dell grew during the 1980s and 1990s to become (for a time) the largest seller
of PCs and servers. As of 2008, it held the second spot in computer-sales within
the industry behind the Hewlett-Packard Company. The company currently sells
personal computers, servers, data storage devices, network switches, software,
computer peripherals and televisions.
Gateway, Incorporated. is a computer hardware company based in Irvine,
California, which develops, manufactures, supports, and markets a wide range of
personal computers, computer monitors, servers, and computer accessories. It
became a well-known brand in 1991 when it started shipping its computer hardware
in cow-spotted boxes and for its creative advertising in Computer Shopper and
The Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HPQ), commonly referred to as HP, is an
information technology corporation headquartered in Palo Alto, California,
United States. HP specializes in building personal computers, notebook
computers, servers, printers, calculators, software and home media devices among
other technology related products.
The company once catered primarily to engineering and medical markets—a line of
business it spun off as Agilent Technologies in 1999. Today, it markets
primarily to households, small businesses, and enterprises, selling products
such as printers and printer supplies, home and business PCs, and
industry-standard servers both directly via online distribution and through
independent consumer-electronics and office-supply retailers.
Lenovo Group Limited (Simplified Chinese: 联想集团有限公司; Traditional Chinese:
聯想集團有限公司; Pinyin:Liánxiǎng Jítuán Yǒuxiàn Gōngsī. SEHK: 0992, OTCBB: LNVGY) is
China's largest and the world's fourth largest personal computer manufacturer,
after Hewlett-Packard and Dell of the U.S. and Acer of Taiwan..
Lenovo produces desktops, laptops, servers, handheld computers, imaging
equipment, and mobile phone handsets. Lenovo also provides information
technology integration and support services, and its QDI unit offers contract
Panasonic (パナソニック Panasonikku) is an international brand name for Japanese
electric products manufacturer Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. Under
this brand Matsushita sells plasma and LCD display panels, DVD recorders and
players, Blu-ray Disc players, camcorders, telephones, vacuum cleaners,
microwave ovens, shavers, projectors, digital cameras, batteries, laptop
computers (under the sub-brand Toughbook), portable CD, analog tape decks and
home stereo equipment, electronic components
Sony Corporation (ソニー株式会社, Sonī Kabushiki kaisha?) is a multinational
conglomerate corporation headquartered in Minato, Tokyo, Japan, and one of the
world's largest media conglomerates with revenue of US$88.7 billion (as of
2008). Sony is one of the leading manufacturers of electronics, video,
communications, video game consoles and information technology products for the
consumer and professional markets. Its name is derived from Sonus, the Greek
goddess of sound.
Sony Corporation is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the
Sony Group, which is engaged in business through its five operating
segments—electronics, games, entertainment (motion pictures and music),
financial services and other. These make Sony one of the most comprehensive
entertainment companies in the world. Sony's principal business operations
include Sony Corporation
Toshiba Corporation (株式会社東芝, Kabushiki-gaisha Tōshiba ?) (TYO: 6502) is a
multinational conglomerate manufacturing company, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
The company's main business is in Infrastructure, Consumer Products, and
Electronic devices and components.