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Microtek International Inc. (Chinese: 全友電腦股份有限公司; pinyin: Quányou Diànnǎo Gǔfèn Yǒuxiàn Gōngsī) is a Taiwan-based multinational manufacturer of digital imaging products and other consumer electronics. It produces imaging equipment for medical, biological and industrial fields, occupies 20% of the global imaging market and holds 450 patents worldwide.

 

Microtek International Inc.

全友電腦股份有限公司

Microtek logo

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Headquarters in Hsinchu, Taiwan

Native name

全友電腦股份有限公司

Type

Public

Traded as

TWSE: 2305

Industry

Computer hardware

Electronics

Predecessor

Multitech International

Founded

October 23, 1980; 39 years ago

Founder

Bobo Wang

Headquarters

Hsinchu Science and Industrial Park, Hsinchu, Taiwan

Area served

Worldwide

Key people

Luke Liu (Spokesman)

Benny Hsu (Chairman)

Products

Scanners, digital imaging, medical imaging, LCDs

Revenue

NT$715 million (2016)[1]

Operating income

(NT$116 million) operating loss (2016)[1]

Net income

NT$33 million (2016)[1]

Total assets

NT$2.8 billion (2016)[1]

Total equity

NT$1.7 billion (2016)[1]

Website

Microtek.com

It is well known for its scanner brands ScanMaker and ArtixScan. The company launched the world's first halftone optical film scanner in 1984, the world's first desktop halftone scanner in 1986, and the world's first color scanner in 1989. It has subsidiaries in Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore and Rotterdam. It recently expanded its product lines into the manufacture of LCD monitors, LCD projectors and digital cameras.

In 1979, the Taiwanese government launched the Hsinchu Science and Industrial Park (HSIP) as a vision of Shu Shien-Siu to emulate Silicon Valley and to lure back overseas Taiwanese with their experience and knowledge in engineering and technology fields. Initially there were 14 companies, the first was Wang Computer (王氏電腦), by 2010 only six of the original pioneers remained: United Microelectronics Corporation (聯電), Microtek International, Inc. (全友), Quartz Frequency Technology (頻率), Tecom (東訊), Sino-American Silicon Products Inc. (中美矽晶) and Flow Asia Corporation (福祿遠東).[2]

 

Microtek (Microelectronics Technology) was co-founded in HSIP in 1980 [3][4] by five Californian Taiwanese, three were colleagues who had worked at Xerox [5] Bobo Wang (王渤渤), Robert Hsieh (謝志鴻),[6][7] Carter Tseng (曾憲章) [8][9][10][11] and two were colleagues from the University of Southern California, Benny Hsu (許正勳) [12][13][14] and Hu Chung-hsing (胡忠信).[2] They decided to set up root after Hsu was invited by HSIP Manager Dr. Irving Ho (何宜慈).[15][16] In September 1983, the Allied Association for Science Parks Industries (台灣科學園區同業公會 abbr. 竹科) was established and Hsu was elected to be its first Chairman.

 

Microtek first entered the industry in 1983, when scanners were little more than expensive tools for hobbyists. In 1984, it introduced the MS-300A, the world’s first desktop halftone scanner. At about the same time, the company realized a need for scanning software for mainstream users and developed EyeStar, the world’s first scanning software application. EyeStar made desktop scanning a functional reality, serving as the de facto standard for image format for importing graphics before TIFF came to fruition. Continuing its leading-edge approach to the scanning industry, Microtek proceeded to develop the first OCR, or Optical Character Recognition, program for text scanning, once more successfully integrating a core function of scanning with its machines.[citation needed]

 

1985: Microtek Lab, Inc. Edit

In 1985, Microtek set up its United States subsidiary, Microtek Lab, Inc.,[17] in Cerritos, California. The company went public in 1988. It was one of Taiwan's initial technology initial public offerings.[3] Microtek has research and development labs located in California and Taiwan dedicated to optics design, mechanical and electronic engineering, software development, product quality, and technological advancement.[18] According to AnnaLee Saxenian's 2006 book The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in a Global Economy, Microtek has produced more than 20% of the worldwide image scanner market.[19]

 

1989: Ulead Systems Edit

Main article: Ulead Systems

In 1989, Microtek invested in Ulead Systems [19]:166[citation needed] (based in Taipei) which became the first publicly traded software company in Taiwan in 1999. Ulead System was founded by Lotus Chen, Lewis Liaw and Way-Zen Chen three colleagues from Taiwan's Institute for Information Industry. Microtek helped Ulead by jointly purchasing CCD sensors from Kodak which benefited both companies as it was a component not yet locally produced at the time.

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