Asus to swallow up Gigabyte?
Rumor in Taiwan has it that Asus seeks to
acquire long-time rival Gigabyte Technology. The merger would aim to
thwart competition from Foxconn, which is close on Asus' tail in terms
of motherboard shipments. DigiTimes quotes 52 million motherboards
shipped for Asus in 2005, and 40 million for Foxconn, including 32
million OEM shipments. If Asus and Gigabyte were merged, though, the
combined company would have shipped just
over 68 million motherboards in 2005, leaving Foxconn in the
dust. Overall, sources tell DigiTimes that Asus' share of the
motherboard market would climb to 45% after the rumored merger, thanks
in part to Gigabyte's strength in distribution.
Neither Asus nor Gigabyte have given credence to the rumors. In their
August 4 filings with the Taiwanese Stock Exchange, the two companies
stated that there is no plan for a merger involving Asus and Gigabyte to