Acer Inc (宏碁) must “think outside of the PC,” as the computer vendor unveiled a new array of products from air purifiers to an artificial intelligence (AI) translator for gamers, company chairman Jason Chen (陳俊聖) said yesterday.
Speaking to reporters at the company’s headquarters in New Taipei City’s Sijhih District (汐止), Chen said that the company would continue to diversify its product portfolio.
“Just as Taiwan cannot solely rely on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (台積電), Acer cannot just rely on PCs,” Chen said.
At the company’s “next@Acer” online event on Wednesday night, it unveiled the Acerpure air purifier, which is retailing for as much as NT$35,000 (US$1,211), as the company seeks to build brand recognition in the home appliance market.
Acer also introduced SigridWave, an in-game live AI translator designed to handle gaming terminology and jargon for its Planet9 eSports platform, the company said, adding that it is also expanding its line of gaming monitors.
In terms of peripherals, the company released the Halo range of smart speakers featuring Google Assistant, the company said in a press release.
As for its core PC business, Acer updated its Swift, Spin and Aspire ranges, and added new models aimed at business users and creators, it said.
The company also unveiled a laptop designed through a collaboration with Porsche Design, it said.
Under Chen’s leadership, Acer has tackled unlikely projects from smart prayer beads to the Predator range of energy drinks, which are available at FamilyMart convenience stores.
“We created the Predator energy drink with gamers in mind,” Chen said. “It is doing really well.”
With the speed cryptocurrency is emerging as the millennial generation’s alternative asset of choice in India, it is hard to imagine that just two years ago a couple of blockchain pioneers were briefly in police custody. Sathvik Vishwanath and Harish BV, cofounders of a then five-year-old start-up, were arrested in late 2018. No, they had not pulled off a shady initial coin offering. Their “crime” was that they put up a kiosk in a mall in Bangalore where customers could swap bitcoin, ether or ripple for cash or vice versa. That was the whole point of unocoin, their crypto token exchange.
FIVE NEW FABS: An acquisition of Siltronic would boost GlobalWafers’ market share from 17 to 30 percent, easily surpassing Japanese rival Sumco’s 25 percent GlobalWafers Inc (環球晶圓) yesterday said it is in final talks to acquire Germany-based Siltronic AG in a 3.75 billion euro (US$4.5 billion) deal, which might help it compete with its closest rival Sumco Corp of Japan. The acquisition would be the fifth for GlobalWafers since 2008, as it has grown to become the world’s No. 3 supplier of silicon wafers through such deals. GlobalWafers, which has a 17 percent market share, would see its market position greatly elevated to 30 percent when combined with Siltronic’s 13 percent, according to a presentation Siltronic gave to its investors at a quarterly conference in August. Sumco
A Chinese factory owned by South Korean semiconductor giant SK Hynix Inc yesterday halted operations after a plant worker was found to have an asymptomatic infection of COVID-19, Xinhua news agency reported. The South Korean worker based at the plant in Chongqing since February had departed on Thursday for South Korea, Xinhua reported. He was tested at Incheon Airport in Seoul and confirmed positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, it reported. All factory staff as well as staff and recent guests at the hotel where the worker lived have been isolated and given nucleic acid tests, the agency said. “We’re cooperating with the local government
CONCERNS: The bank would act if it noticed currency speculation, the governor said, but he did not comment on a likely trajectory of the NT dollar against the greenback The central bank would intervene in the market whenever necessary to help stabilize the New Taiwan dollar, central bank Governor Yang Chin-long (楊金龍) said yesterday, adding that it is concerned Taiwan might be placed on the US watchlist for currency manipulation. The Control Yuan recently sent letter inquiring about the central bank’s market regulation efforts, Yang told a meeting of the legislature’s Finance Committee on the NT dollar’s appreciation and property price hikes. “It is the central bank’s top responsibility to stabilize foreign exchanges,” he said. The central bank has often stepped in toward the end of trading sessions to moderate the NT