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The two largest computer companies on Taiwan said today that they will continue to expand their operations, despite the earthquake that hit the island in September. According to the Computex trade show site, Acer and TSMC will continue to build fab plants in Taiwan, with TSMC putting plans in place to build six eight-inch wafer fabs and two six-inch wafer fabs next year. Acer, too, remains committed to manufacturing on Taiwan. According to Stan Shih, CEO of the company, 80 per cent of resources are on the island. The company is currently investing in LCD facilities in Taiwan, as demand exceeds supply. Meanwhile, Acer also claimed it will sell over 2.5 million notebooks next year, manufactured for PC companies including IBM, Toshiba and Dell. Chip company Intel predicted earlier this year that notebook shipments will eventually exceed desktop shipments. It introduces its SpeedStep (formerly Geyserville) technology in Q1 next year. ®

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