National Semiconductor's Geode™ WebPAD™ Platform Adopted By Quanta For Information Appliance Products
Taiwan's leading notebook computer manufacturer selects National's total silicon solution to develop wireless and tethered Internet access products
Santa Clara, CA --
National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE:NSM) and Quanta Computer Corporation today announced that Quanta is ready to deliver its first products based on National's Geode™ WebPAD™ platform.
Quanta, the number one manufacturer of notebook computers in Taiwan, is a leading volume manufacturer of information appliances, since the concept was first introduced by National more than 18 months ago.
"We're very honored that the world's leading notebook computer manufacturer has selected our solution for their information appliance products. The Geode WebPAD platform, conceptualized by National in 1998, has been brought to volume production by Quanta and is now ready for mass marketing," said Roland Andersson, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales & Marketing for National Semiconductor.
"We found National's Geode WebPAD platform to be a very compelling product for the Internet age," said Michael Wang, Executive Vice President of Quanta. "We have a lot of customers asking us about this. Based on different needs of customers, we have developed both wireless and tethered versions of National's WebPAD reference design, with the Geode processor as heart of the system. With National providing analog and supporting products to form a total solution for a dedicated personal access device. This reduced our time to market tremendously."
The final products are expected to be launched this year.
Founded in 1988, Quanta Computer Inc designs, develops and manufactures computing products for computer marketing companies. Quanta is now the world's number one volume manufacturer of notebook PCs. The company reported revenue of US$2.4 billion in 1999 and currently employs 3600 people, chiefly in Taiwan.
About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor provides system-on-a-chip solutions for the information age. Combining real-world analog and state-of the-art digital technology, the company's chips lead many sectors of the personal computer, communications, and consumer markets. With headquarters in Santa Clara, California, National reported sales of $2 billion for its last fiscal year and has about 10,500 employees worldwide.