Wow! Thanks to One Laptop Per Child, these are boom times for Taiwanese computer manufacturers like Quanta Computer.
With 2,500 computers rolling off OLPC XO laptop production lines in the first quarter of 2007, ramping up to 10 million laptops in a year, Quanta Chairman Barry Lam projects Quanta's 2007 revenues will be $15 billion US dollars, up from $14 billion US dollars in 2006.
OLPC is not just changing Quanta's fortunes with its laptop revolution. All the OLPC Children's Machine XO component manufacturers are also ramping up capacity to handle 10 million computers, a 20% increase in the total worldwide laptop production for the year and the largest single computer distribution ever.
- Realtek Semiconductor, the sole clock generator IC supplier for OLPC, is expected to see its clock generator shipments grow by 40% on year to 40 million units in 2007
- Everlight Electronics Co. Ltd. expects backlight orders to double to 20% of US$363 million in revenue this year partially due to OLPC backlight products
- Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) has dedicated its entire capacity of 3.5-generation and 4G LCD plants to Quanta Computer, providing LCD screen for OLPC notebooks
- Both GP Batteries and Simplo claim to be supplying Ni-MH battery packs to OLPC
But while my call to share production capacity and skills transfer with the developing world - arguably a transfer just as transformative as a laptop per student - may go unheeded at OLPC, they are issuing their own call for laptop and peripheral production managers.
If you have the desire to develop a 10$ DVD player, a $100 projector, and a $0.10 oscilloscope adapter, or want to lead the design on the next generation $100 laptop architecture, be sure to check out OLPC's job openings.
No word yet if you'll actually get a salary or have to work for OLPC warm & fuzzies, but either way, Taiwan's computer manufactures will love you long time. And while you live half your life in Taipei, you'll be finding your own love with too many Carnegies kinda nights.