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  • Acer to Introduce XC Computer in Second Quarter of 1999
  • July 27, 1998 (TAIPEI) -- Acer Inc., Taiwan's largest maker of personal computers, is expected to introduce its first XC model in the second quarter of 1999.
    The company said it will target China as the product's major market. An Acer executive said the company's first XC integrates games and education.

    Acer, which also is developing a line of products for the home information system market, introduced the first Taiwan-made DVD player in July.

    The company sells the new product at a price of less than NT$20,000 (US$581), in an attempt to make it more attractive in a market dominated by Japanese companies. Acer said it will focus on marketing the product in Taiwan, China and Southeast Asia.

    In September, Acer will negotiate with Microsoft Corp. for a program of cooperation involving the XC. The two companies are likely to discuss collaboration on the manufacturing of set-top boxes, network TVs or video game machines.

    Acer's XC will sell for around RMB1,500 in China, and the company hopes to obtain a 20 percent share of China's market for household computer devices.

    Acer also is seeking a larger presence in the home information product market.

    After a year of work with Hitachi Ltd. of Japan, Acer finished the first DVD player fully made by a Taiwan company. Acer executives said that some Chinese buyers have already placed orders, and the first delivery is scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year.

    (Commercial Times, Taiwan)

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    Updated: Sun Jul 26 17:54:03 1998