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PPC 2002: HTC is rumored to soon launch own-brand PDAs
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 31.01.02 - 19:38:00 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 7672x
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Thanks to Christopher Coulter for passing me this link:

High Tech Computer (HTC), a Taiwan-based PDA (personal digital assistant) manufacturer, is planning to introduce own-brand PDAs to target the China market, the Economic Daily News Chinese-language newspaper reported. Although HTC has denied the reports, Microsoft disclosed that the Taiwanese company has received Pocket PC 2002 operating system (OS) licenses for both contract manufacturing and own-brand distribution, the Economic Daily News added.

HTC is the world’s largest producer of Pocket PC-based PDAs. Its clients include Compaq Computer, Toshiba, Sharp and Sagem (and don't forget the mmO2 xda - PPCW.N). To avoid conflicts between its clients and its own brand, HTC will hand distribution responsibility to Hong Kong-based Xander International.

In Taiwan, Leo System, Acer, Eten Information Systems and Inventec Besta have already introduced own-brand PDAs. Since international companies already have a strong hold in the US and Europe, Taiwanese brands have focused their resources on the Greater China area.

HTC is scheduled to begin official trading on the Taipei Stock Exchange (TSE) in March. In 2001, HTC fetched about NT$15 billion in revenues and NT$973 million or NT$7 per share in after-tax profits. VIA Technologies controls a 17.3% stake of HTC.

Qualcomm became an HTC shareholder last year and licensed its CDMA (code division multiple access) technology to the Taiwanese company. They are currently co-developing third-generation (3G) smart communications products.

Seems that the carousel is rotating again and we will so more fancy Pocket PCs soon. Yesterday the Fujitsu Siemens announcement, today the HTC rumors... Very cool! :-)

Cheers ~ Arne

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