Taipei Times | January 11, 2011 | Jason Tan
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Quanta Computer Inc (廣達電腦), the world’s largest notebook PC contract maker by revenue, yesterday said it would broaden its partnership with 3M Co developing new-generation touch screen solutions.
Quanta’s shares rose by the daily limit to close at NT$61.4 (US$2.09) in Taipei after it said in a filing to the Taiwan Stock Exchange that it was in talks with 3M.
Quanta may use a technology developed by the St Paul, -Minnesota-based conglomerate that can register more than 10 simultaneous screen touches with a six -millisecond response time for notebooks, netbooks, tablet PCs and all-in-one PCs, according to a 3M statement.
“Quanta is excited about the possibility of developing new consumer products, which incorporate the latest in multi-touch capabilities,” C.C. Leung (梁次震), founder and vice chairman of Quanta, said in the statement.
The Taoyuan-based notebook computer maker plans to use 3M’s materials, electronics and sensor designs for touch solutions and integrate them into the production of notebook and smart handheld devices for individual customers, he said.
The latest announcement follows Quanta’s alliance with 3M’s touch-solution subsidiary, 3M Touch Systems Inc, in June last year at Computex Taipei to work together on touch-enabled technology and applications.