More trouble looms on notebook sales

IntelWe’ve seen recently that companies that specialise in making notebooks for others – so called original design manufacturers (ODMs) – have been cautious about the outlook for the future.

Last week, Taiwanese ODM Quanta said it didn’t expect anything great from notebook sales. It has diversified its business to sell servers direct and to manufacture watces for Apple.

And today, another major Taiwanese ODM, Wiston, said it didn’t expect a lot of growth in the notebook market in the second half of this year.

According to a report in Digitimes, Wistron saw a precipitous drop in notebook shipments in the first half of this year, and the second half looks little better.

Like Quanta, Wistron is hoping to diversify its business by manufacturing other electronic devices and elements.

The writing has been on the wall for X86 notebooks for quite a few quarters now, and it looks like the era of the Windows Intel duopoly is more or less over and done.