Bookmark and Share


Asustek Computer reportedly plans to relocate outsourcing of its mainboards from a bunch of smaller makers to three companies. As a result, a part of Asus motherboards will be made by Cal-Comp Electronics, Pegatron and GBM.

Asustek originally outsourced production of its mainboards to Pegatron (a spin-off from Asus), Global Brands Manufacture (GBM) and some smaller ODMs in Southern China, according to DigiTimes web-site that cites local sources. The company now intends to shift the orders from small makers in Southern China to Cal-Comp, a Taiwan-based contract manufacturer.

Not a lot is known about Cal-Comp, but it is claimed to be affiliated with Compal Electronics, a contract maker of notebooks and have manufacturing facilities in Thailand, China, Malaysia, Brazil and Mexico. Potentially, experience in production of highly-complex mainboards for notebooks should result in very high quality of motherboards that it will reportedly produce for Asustek. Besides, production facilities around the globe should enable better logistics for Asus.

Col-Camp is projected to make 5-6 million mainboards for Asustek in 2012. Asus plans to sell 24.5 million motherboards next year.

Asustek did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: ASUS, Business, Cal-Comp


Comments currently: 7
Discussion started: 12/23/11 11:50:25 AM
Latest comment: 01/18/12 12:14:21 AM
Expand all threads | Collapse all threads


With the QC and RAM sensitivity issues Asus has experienced in recent years there's no telling if this change will help or further hurt Asus? Time will tell but they sure need to improve their product QC and customer support IME.
0 2 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 12/23/11 11:50:25 AM]
- collapse thread

i think memory stuff is a problem of design/firmware not manufacturing
0 0 [Posted by: madooo12  | Date: 12/24/11 03:28:07 AM]
I managed to fix these problems easily, I'm not going to buy their products anymore.
0 0 [Posted by: Martian  | Date: 12/24/11 09:01:15 AM]

Does somebody know what's the situation with Gigabyte and MSI? Do they make their own boards, or are these subcontracted in a way similar to what Asus does?
0 0 [Posted by: BernardP  | Date: 12/27/11 06:42:58 AM]
- collapse thread

They subcontract it, I saw in my MSI board that there is Foxconn made ports. Foxconn makes Apple gadgets and more. Gigabyte dont know yet.
0 0 [Posted by: pogsnet  | Date: 12/27/11 08:57:47 AM]
Foxconn's original business was ports / sockets. All the board factories use foxconn parts when they are the best value. Foxconn also makes boards though, and designs boards to be made in other factories. So just seeing foxconn made ports doesnt imply anything about which factory made the board.
0 0 [Posted by: cashkennedy  | Date: 12/27/11 01:27:19 PM]
Foxconn did make motherboards in the past, they had their own board brand back then, but they have pulled out of retail board market but still manufacture for OEM's.

Board components is a whole other story like cashkennedy said.
0 0 [Posted by: srousseau  | Date: 01/18/12 12:14:21 AM]


Add your Comment

Related news

Latest News

Monday, July 28, 2014

12:11 pm | Intel Core i7-5960X “Haswell-E” De-Lidded: Twelve Cores and Alloy-Based Thermal Interface. Intel Core i7-5960X Uses “Haswell-EP” Die, Promises Good Overclocking Potential

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

10:40 pm | ARM Preps Second-Generation “Artemis” and “Maya” 64-Bit ARMv8-A Offerings. ARM Readies 64-Bit Cores for Non-Traditional Applications

7:38 pm | AMD Vows to Introduce 20nm Products Next Year. AMD’s 20nm APUs, GPUs and Embedded Chips to Arrive in 2015

4:08 am | Microsoft to Unify All Windows Operating Systems for Client PCs. One Windows OS will Power PCs, Tablets and Smartphones

Monday, July 21, 2014

10:32 pm | PQI Debuts Flash Drive with Lightning and USB Connectors. PQI Offers Easy Way to Boost iPhone or iPad Storage

10:08 pm | Japan Display Begins to Mass Produce IPS-NEO Displays. JDI Begins to Mass Produce Rival for AMOLED Panels

12:56 pm | Microsoft to Fire 18,000 Employees to Boost Efficiency. Microsoft to Perform Massive Job Cut Ever Following Acquisition of Nokia