Foxconn officials have confirmed the company's entrance into
the graphics market today during Computex Taipei. As part of its announcement,
Leadtek will simultaneously withdraw from the VGA manufacturing. Foxconn is the
primary original equipment manufacturer partner for Leadtek video cards, and the
withdrawal of Leadtek's manufacturing presence is to reduce the cross-over between the two
companies. For now Foxconn will only announce NVIDIA graphics cards for
Leadtek has had a traditionally strong presence
for graphics adaptors in the US and Asia, due primarily with its strong
manufacturing partnerships. Foxconn is one of the primary
reference design manufacturers for NVIDIA, and since the company did
not have a retail channel Leadtek traditionally was one of the first to
market with NVIDIA components. With the Foxconn-Leadtek ties
severed, Leadtek will have to use different component manufacturers for
its NVIDIA cards.
Foxconn is also expected to announce an entrance into the ATI graphics
market. Foxconn insiders do not have a definite date or time when
this will happen, though one product manager described the move to support ATI
graphics as "inevitable."
Several weeks ago, we spotted some of Foxconn's GeForce 7900GX2
QUAD SLI graphics cards. At the CeBIT computer show in Germany,
Foxconn representatives unofficially
announced that the company would enter the graphics card business.