Acer sees strong Q1 laptop sales on Vista, CPU war

Acer sees strong Q1 laptop sales on Vista, CPU war

The chairman of Acer forecasts the company's PC shipments will grow by as much as 50 percent year-on-year in the first quarter and 40 percent for all of 2007, the company confirmed.

Acer chairman JT Wang made the prediction on the basis of stronger than expected shipments of PCs armed with Microsoft's new Vista OS and lower PC prices resulting from a price war on central processing units between Intel and Advanced Micro Devices.

An Acer spokesman could not immediately confirm the reasons for stronger shipments, but said Acer is seeing brisk growth in emerging markets.

The report that Vista is a major cause of Acer's strong PC shipment growth in the first quarter is important because it may be an early sign the new OS is taking off, at least in some markets. Since Microsoft launched the consumer version of Vista in 70 countries its main comment on sales of the OS has been to warn analysts that its forecasts might be too aggressive.

Other technology companies have given the OS a mixed review. Quanta Computer credited Vista with record-breaking notebook shipments in January. But Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, the world's largest contract chip maker, said Vista won't have much impact on PC sales growth this year. The company is considered an IT industry bellwether due to the wide variety of chips it manufactures.

The microprocessor price war between Intel and AMD has been going on for several months, and is a key to creating great bargains for users by lowering overall PC costs.

The top global market for Acer products is Europe, while Asia ranks second for the company. In recent years, the company has focused on China and the U.S.

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