17 June 2004
Computer Accessories(HKTDC Electronics, Vol 03,2004)
Vol 3, 2004
Microdia Ltd specialises in media storage products, such as this Flash Mover 9-in-1 card reader with USB port (front)
The ever-increasing popularity of computers on both a corporate and personal level demands a steady stream of add-ons and accessories, many of which are essential while others are prized options.
Highly flexible digital cameras are essential accessories and not simply attractive options, according to Hua Wei (HK) Electronic Technology Ltd marketing manager Connie Choi.
"For example, our models CD30P and CD30B are our latest 3-in-1 digital/PC-Web/Video cameras," she explains. "These models allow users to take pictures on the go while chatting with friends and relatives on the Internet, and are immensely popular with people of all ages."
Model CD30B is a traditional square-shaped camera that comes with a circular base, while CD30P is more dynamic looking, with a belt clip and an attractive free- standing holder.
Cameras and bases are made from ABS sourced on the mainland, with prices dependent on quantity and model. "In general, unit prices are in the region of US$15 FOB Hong Kong," says Choi.
Huawei, founded in 2000, accepts minimum orders for 1,000 cameras, and shipment is usually 30 days after order confirmation. Major markets include Europe and the US.
Assembly of the cameras takes place at the group's 400-worker plant in Shenzhen on the Chinese mainland.
"Quality is assured because we are using the latest digital electronic techniques and we source good quality lenses and other raw materials," adds Choi.
Also enjoying the computer business boom is Microdia Ltd, which was established in 1992. "We are a leading player in the data storage media and wireless technologies field," claims executive director Louis Leung. "We also have a reputation for quality, reliability, technical excellence and innovation."
Leung says that the rollout of GPRS and 3G networks around the world is opening up faster mobile Internet access that will fundamentally change the way information flows.
"High-speed delivery of high capacity data to a mobile device opens up new possibilities, new applications and new ways of communicating," he believes. "As a result, everyone can benefit from instant access to information, leading to quicker and better informed decisions."
To support this ethos, Microdia offers a variety of flash memory, wireless LAN and Bluetooth products. "Popular lines include our flash memory cards, W/R card readers, PC-card adaptors and CF adaptors," says Leung.
"These items are supported by innovative plug-and-play flash disks, all-in-one MP3 players, high-capacity photo storage devices, and tiny but powerful photo viewers."
Production takes place at Microdia's 200-worker plants in Hong Kong and on the Chinese mainland. Delivery, like minimum orders, depends on the product mix but is essentially 1-3 weeks after confirmation of order.
Major markets include the mainland, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, Scandinavia, Central and South America, North America and Australia.
Products are sold on an OEM/ODM basis and are also available under the Microdia, Airolinks, Airoblue, Micro-Flash, Flash Key, Xtro Pro, Xtra Plus and Flash Mover labels. Prices are available on request.
Twelve-year-old Giga Technology Co Ltd is equally prolific, offering a broad range of digital cameras and accessories in addition to established lines like USB flash drives, MP3 players, and 3.5-inch floppy disks.
"Models TDC-202 and TDC-206 are excellent 4-in-1 digital still cameras that also function as webcams, camcorder/videocams or digital audio recorders," notes general manager Daniel Wong. "Both have colour LCD monitors."
The smaller model TDC-202 has a 2 megabyte CMOS sensor (3 megabyte by interpolation), built-in Flash NAND memory, an external SD or MMC card for memory expansion, 8x digital zoom, USB and TV output, and plug-and-play versatility for Windows ME/2000/XP platforms.
Both cameras, with handy straps and pouches, are available for minimum orders of 500 units for delivery 4-8 weeks after confirmation. The Giga label is available for buyers in Japan, North America, Europe, Australia, South Africa and Australia, as is OEM. Prices are available on request. CE/FCC and GSP Form A are available. "We source the ICs and the lenses from Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Europe and the US according to market conditions," adds Wong.
New Sun Ltd is also enjoying buoyant sales of its high quality rechargeable replacement batteries for notebook computers, video camcorders, digital cameras and power tools.
"One of our missions is to offer one-stop outsourcing services to our clients, and we can better handle their needs from Hong Kong as a service centre," insists general manager Jess Tam.
Some 30,000 battery packs are produced monthly, and the company accepts minimum orders of 10 units for delivery 2-3 weeks after receipt of L/C or T/T payment received seven days prior to shipment. "Typical products include replacement Li-ion battery packs for Sony, IBM, Toshiba and Apple notebook computers," says Tam.
Also highly popular is a multi-fit DC/DC adaptor for notebook computers. "This unit, with 12 interchangeable plug ends to accommodate thousands of different models, delivers 15-17V at 90W or 18-20V at 90W," she adds.
Quality standards are strict at New Sun's 170,000-square-foot, 1,000-worker plants on the Chinese mainland. "We source major parts and materials from Taiwan, Korea and Japan," adds Tam, "while exporting mainly to the US, Europe and Australia." Prices are available on request.
Clearly, Hong Kong has all it takes to supply essential and value-adding products for the computer industry.
WRITTEN BY ANTHONY WT MOORE
Asian Mobile Accessories Ltd
Rm 2615, Blk 1
The Metropolis Residence
8-9 Metropolis Drive
Hung Hom, Kowloon
Tel : 852-2469-2520
Giga Technology Co Ltd
South China Ind Bldg
1 Chun Pin St
Kwai Chung, New Territories
Hua Wei (HK) Electronic Technology Ltd
Unit 4, 11/F, Blk 2
Tak Fung Ind Centre
168 Texaco Rd
Tsuen Wan, New Territories
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