Taiwanese motherboard makers complain about Chinese rivals

Posted on Saturday, Dec 08 2007 @ 09:12 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Several first-tier Taiwanese motherboard makers are complaining about unfair competition from Chinese motherboard makers. According to DigiTimes the Taiwanese Intel P35 motherboards cost about $100 while the China-based second-tier makers produce $60 P35 motherboards.

The firms claim the Chinese firms cut costs by using substandard parts:
Most of China's motherboard brands outsource production to OEMs which gives them more flexibility over expense control. Additionally, China makers only demand cheap costs rather than product quality, and face little in the way of regulations if their products are found to have problems, claimed sources at Taiwan-based motherboard makers.

In order to reach the lowest price, China makers have employed several strategies including the use of the older ICH7 southbridge on their P35 motherboards which is against Intel's official specification, and is something Taiwan makers would not do, the sources protested. However, the US$60 motherboards still offer almost comparable features and functions as the more expensive Taiwan-designed models, which means the Taiwan makers are finding themselves at a disadvantage, added the sources.

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Re: Taiwanese motherboard makers complain about Chinese rivals
by Anonymous on Sunday, Dec 09 2007 @ 18:11 CET
I guess that explains why I have been through 3 and am awaiting a fourth Asus Striker Extreme, which have all been manufactured in China!