Motion Computing, maker of the fine line of slate Tablet PCs, today announced a new agreement with ASUStek, makers of notebooks and UMPCs. Motion will have ASUS manufacturing new Tablet PCs in 2007, leveraging on ASUS’ ability to mass produce PCs. This could be an interesting development in the UMPC world too, with ASUS currently enjoying brisk sales of the R2H UMPC. Could there be a Motion UMPC at some point?
Full press release after the jump.
Motion Computing Announces Addition to Manufacturing Strategy
Tablet PC market leader teams up with leading Taiwan-based manufacturer ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 21, 2006 — Motion Computing®, a leader in mobile computing and wireless communications, today announced a manufacturing agreement with ASUSTeK, Inc., a leading provider of computers, communications and consumer electronics based in Taipei, Taiwan. ASUS will become an original design manufacturer of Motion™ tablet PCs and peripherals. New Motion products built by ASUS will be released beginning in 2007.
This new agreement augments Motion’s existing relationship with Compal Electronics based in Taiwan and China. Compal will continue as a strategic partner for Motion, including manufacturing of Motion’s current award-winning product family as well as developing new Motion designs.
“Motion has a product strategy we believe in,” said Steve Hwang, general manager of ASUS IPC business unit. “ASUS’ expertise in specialized ultra-mobile product manufacturing and technology integration makes this partnership with Motion valuable to ASUS.”
“Motion is growing and we need this added manufacturing support to take our business to the next level,” said Scott Eckert, CEO of Motion. “ASUS is a strong partner for us, as it offers a local, experienced engineering team co-located with manufacturing to build the innovative, award-winning tablet PCs we bring to market.”
The addition of ASUS continues Motion’s strategy of world-class manufacturing quality, delivered in a cost-effective manner. Motion will continue to focus on what it does best: delivering computing products and services to meet the mobility needs of vertical markets.
About Motion Computing
Motion Computing produces slate tablet PCs for mobile professionals in vertical industries including healthcare, field sales and service, government and education. Motion is a mobile computing and wireless communications leader, combining world-class innovation and industry experience so individuals can use computing technology in new ways and places. Marketed through an experienced international reseller network and directly through its Web site, each Motion product is built to customer specifications. The company’s enhanced line of tablet PCs and accessories are designed to increase productivity for on-the-go users while providing security, power and versatility. For more information, visit www.motioncomputing.com
Ranked in Business Week InfoTech 100 for the 9th straight year, ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (TSE:2357) is a leading provider of 3C total solutions. Its product portfolio includes notebooks, motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, information appliances, desktop PCs, servers, wireless solutions, mobile phones and networking devices. With strong engineering capability, ASUSTeK won 1,706 awards in 2005, translating to more than four awards per day. The company is the perennial leader of the motherboard and graphics card industries and a top 4 maker globally for notebooks.
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