Monday October 08, 2018

Motherboard Makers Are Moving Manufacturing Out of China

According to Digitimes Research, Taiwanese server motherboard manufacturers are accelerating plans to move production out of mainland China. Thanks to a trade war between China and the U.S, the companies were already on their way out, but a report by Bloomberg suggesting that the Chinese government is planting spy chips in motherboards is creating even more pressure.

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Companies named in the Bloomberg report, including Apple, Amazon and Supermicro, have all dismissed the spy chip claims. The bulk of Supermicro server motherboards are manufactured by Taiwan-based ODMs' plants in China, and the US-based company accounted for a 11.7% share of the global server motherboard market in the second quarter of 2018, according to Digitimes Research.

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