Without even knowing it, you may already be a happy user of Taiwanese products. When you turn a laptop on, surf the Internet or answer a call, there’s a good chance you’re taking advantage of the innovative technologies from Taiwan.
For decades, Taiwan has been concentrating on information technology to build a solid foundation of R&D, branding, and a comprehensive supply chain. As a result, the latest electronic products such as personal computers, smartphones, storage devices, broadband equipment and media players from this island are always on the top of the chart worldwide.
International media and research institutes have long recognized the excellence of Taiwanese companies; just to name a few: the World Economic Forum rated Taiwan first in “state of cluster development” in 2011 and 2012. Taiwan was also first place when it came to “utility patents per million population” in 2011.
Window of Intelligence
Taiwan provides the lion’s share of the most advanced laptops, tablets, smart phones and computer peripherals in the world. This includes Getac laptops, Genius, In Win, GIGABYTE, Avision, Cooler Master, Just Mobile, MSI, Unitech, PenPower, iDTI, Thermaltake, Handlink, Enermax, and BXB computer peripherals. All of these companies have continually invested R&D and design resources in product innovation. It has become their conviction to build a wonderful life of the future through advanced digital technology.
In 2011, every one in four laptops carried a Taiwanese brand. In 2012, Acer or Asus were the fourth and fifth largest laptop makers of the world respectively enjoying more market share than all Japanese and Korean companies.
In addition to laptops, smart phones are another arena with many active Taiwanese contenders. Despite the fierce competition, HTC still delivered 32.6 million units in 2012 with a 4.6% global market share as the world’s third largest smart phone provider in Android phones.
In the growing enthusiasm for tablets, Taiwan is also a significant player. As many technologies are derived from the successful smartphones and netbooks, Taiwan has the natural lead on tablets thanks to the outstanding performance, genuine innovations and competitive price.
Today, Asus and Acer, the two Taiwanese laptop specialists, are also exerting their power in the tablet market. In addition to the Android system, these two companies caught on to the newest Windows 8 trend in 2012, coming out on top of a new wave of competitive tablet systems. In 2013, they launched the FonePad (ASUS) and Iconic (ACER), which combine cell phone and tablet functionality to conquer the cross-industry product market. Total shipping quantity is expected to exceed more than 10 million units.
Connecting the World
The prevalence of mobile computing has changed the way the internet is used, and has created further growth in storage, networking and online media products. Taiwan excels in the manufacturing of these products and is the unsung hero behind the global information exchange.
No matter if you’re using mobile devices or desktop computers, you’d need first-class network equipment to become part of the Internet; and you could already have Taiwanese network switches, routers, wireless access points or even all of them on your shelf. For instance, D-Link, Edimax, and DrayTek, among other Taiwanese makers, have considerable worldwide market shares in their segments. D-Link has a world’s third 13.2% broadband port market share in 2010, while Edimax unveiled the world’s smallest wireless 3G router that brings Internet everywhere.
As you may have imagined, there are indeed countless modems, routers and central office equipment from Taiwan in schools, homes and offices supporting the learning, entertainment, communication and business activities around the world.
In addition to network communications equipment, the Taiwanese brand SpareOne markets an emergency backup cell phone, setting itself apart from all regular phones. Only one AA battery is enough to sustain the phone for up to 15 years [days on standby], or for 10 hours of continuous talk time. These intelligent designs have added many conveniences to life.
Carry-Along Data Warehouse
A fairly large portion of the world’s USB flash drives, a convenient mean of data transportation, is made by Taiwanese vendors. ADATA is the second largest memory module provider in the world and the third for USB flash drives with over 500 NAND Flash patents. There are also several Taiwanese companies such as Silicon Power, Transcend, Apacer, and PQI that provide people in the information era with high-quality, reliable storage devices.
Immersive Multimedia Experience
Since the first days of computer multimedia, Taiwan is widely known for its ability to innovate. It is still an important source of TV tuners, set-top boxes, projectors and other entertainment units from companies such as Optoma, BenQ, AVerMedia and PX.
Optoma is currently the largest DLP projector vendor of the world exploring new opportunities in miniaturized and 3D projectors. BenQ has quickly become the world’s second place in DLP projectors as well as the second largest short-throw and 3D projector brand in Asia. Other Taiwanese companies, such as Vivitek, have launched easy to carry, HD miniaturized projectors with wireless internet capability. Their exquisite craftsmanship, design, and functionality have swept the global business miniaturized projector market by storm.
Behind everyone’s intellectual life in front of a desk or on the move, these innovative IT and communication products from Taiwan makes life richer and more exhilarating to pursue both knowledge and sensual enjoyments.
It’s not a privilege, but already a right to connect with the rest of our civilization. Regardless of who you are or where you’re from, if you are part of the new information world, you are probably already a satisfied patron of something exciting from Taiwan.