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Laptop demand to reach new level in 2008

HP and Dell partner raises shipment forecast

Strong demand has convinced the world's largest laptop maker to raise its shipment target for 2008 to over 40 million machines.

Quanta, which makes laptops for nearly all major vendors, including HP and Dell, shipped 32 million systems last year, and in October forecast that shipments for 2008 would rise to around 36 million.

The shipment target does not include the emerging ultra-low cost laptop PC segment of the market. Quanta manufactures laptops for the One Laptop Per Child Foundation (OLPC), and could win orders from other vendors now that the market for low-cost laptops is taking off.

"We don't know what demand for low-cost laptops will be so we can't really give you a figure," said C.C. Leung, vice chairman and president of Quanta, at a news conference in Kuei Shan, Taiwan.

He expects the popularity of OLPC's XO laptop and Asus's Eee PC to spur demand for the low-cost devices, but won't forecast by how much.


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