Taiwan mobo brands and upstream suppliers to benefit from new CPUs and GPUs in 4Q20
Monica Chen, Hsinchu; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES
Taiwan-based motherboard and graphics card brands, and their upstream component suppliers are expected to see sales grow in the fourth quarter of 2020, thanks to the new PC hardware released by Intel, AMD and Nvidia.
Following Intel’s releases of 10th generation Core S series desktop processors in May, targeting the high-end gaming market, Nvidia’s latest GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs will also hit store shelves in September. AMD’s Zen 3-based Ryzen processors and RDNA 2-based Radeon 6000 series GPUs will also debut in October.
ASRock, Asustek Computer, Micro-Star International (MSI), Gigabyte Technology and TUL (PowerColor) have all begun designing projects for the new hardware with their shipments standing a good chance of reaching new highs in the fourth quarter, according to industry sources. Upstream services and component suppliers such as TSMC, ASE, ASMedia, Anpec and Lotes are also expected to enjoy increasing orders for the quarter.
Intel’s Core S series desktop processors codenamed Comet Lake already started mass shipments in June and July, and for the notebook market, Intel also launched 11th gen Core processors codenamed Tiger Lake that are integrated with its Iris Xe Graphics GPU, made using 10nm SuperFin technology earlier in September.
The mobile processors have already been adopted in over 150 new notebooks from Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell, Lenovo, Asustek, Acer and MSI.
Nvidia also recently announced the GeForce RTX 3090, 3080 and 3070 based on its Ampere architecture and will release them gradually in the near future.
After an upgrade to the third-generation Ryzen lineup with new CPUs and the release of B550 chipsets in May, AMD has tailored the upcoming new CPUs and GPUs with TSMC’s 7nm EUV process. Because of the CPUs’ high price/performance ratios, most motherboard brands have increased the number of their AMD-based projects as well as their shipments for the fourth quarter, the industry sources said.
Motherboard/graphics card brands are expected to see rising sales in 4Q20
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