Foxconn Likely to Land Both PSP and WLAN Orders

Source: Digitimes

Foxconn Electronics (the registered trade name of Hon Hai Precision Industry) is likely to land orders from Sony to assemble the PlayStation Portable (PSP) as well as the WLAN modules for the game console, according to reports circulated in international investment banks in Taiwan.

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In a May 26 Japanese-language Bloomberg report, Ken Kutaragi, President of Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE), confirmed that his company is looking for a contractor in China to produce PSPs, in order to meet the influx of orders since the machines was launched late last year.

Since the console was launched in December in Japan and in North America in March, SCE has shipped 2.97 million PSPs by the end of March, according to the Bloomberg report. With the European launch slated in September, the company is setting a shipment target of 12 million PSPs in 2005, the report added, quoting sources at SCE.

Landing the PSP orders are not unusual for Foxconn as it is the world’s second largest EMC (electronic manufacturing service) company, but it would be a blow to Taiwan-based WLAN device makers if the company also secured the WLAN module orders for the console, said the sources.

CyberTAN Technology is currently the sole supplier of WLAN modules for the game console in Taiwan. Market sources here estimate that CyberTAN will ship around 1 million WLAN modules to SCE per month in the second quarter. However, CyberTan has never replied or commented on any reports concerning its shipments of WLAN modules to the Japanese company.

Source: Digitimes

Foxconn Electronics (the registered trade name of Hon Hai Precision Industry) is likely to land orders from Sony to assemble the PlayStation Portable (PSP) as well as the WLAN modules for the game console, according to reports circulated in international investment banks in Taiwan.

Foxconn-1

In a May 26 Japanese-language Bloomberg report, Ken Kutaragi, President of Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE), confirmed that his company is looking for a contractor in China to produce PSPs, in order to meet the influx of orders since the machines was launched late last year.

Since the console was launched in December in Japan and in North America in March, SCE has shipped 2.97 million PSPs by the end of March, according to the Bloomberg report. With the European launch slated in September, the company is setting a shipment target of 12 million PSPs in 2005, the report added, quoting sources at SCE.

Landing the PSP orders are not unusual for Foxconn as it is the world’s second largest EMC (electronic manufacturing service) company, but it would be a blow to Taiwan-based WLAN device makers if the company also secured the WLAN module orders for the console, said the sources.

CyberTAN Technology is currently the sole supplier of WLAN modules for the game console in Taiwan. Market sources here estimate that CyberTAN will ship around 1 million WLAN modules to SCE per month in the second quarter. However, CyberTan has never replied or commented on any reports concerning its shipments of WLAN modules to the Japanese company.

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