Hon Hai working with Sharp, Alibaba on Internet TV development

Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (??), the world's largest contract electronics maker, has teamed up with Japanese home appliance giant Sharp Corp. and China's leading e-commerce operator, Alibaba Group (????), to develop Internet TV, according to Hon Hai Chairman Terry Gou (???).

Speaking to the press in China Thursday during a cloud-based technology conference held in Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province from Oct. 13 to Oct. 16, Gou said that Hon Hai has applied the YunOS operating system developed by Alibaba to Sharp's Internet TV production as part of efforts to roll out Internet TV.

Sharp is one of Hon Hai's subsidiaries after the Taiwanese firm completed an acquisition deal in August to take a 66 percent share, and has become the largest shareholder of the financially struggling Japanese firm.

Alibaba has not only provided the YunOS operating system to Sharp for Internet TV development but will also provide assistance to the Japanese firm in cloud-based technology and TV product sales under the multiple cooperation program, according to reports from China.

Gou said that Internet TV development is just part of the cooperation among the three companies, adding that Hon Hai is determined to integrate resources with Sharp and Alibaba to develop a smart home industry.

Under the smart home development blueprint, Gou said, the three partners will also work on cloud technology and robot development in the future, adding that Internet TV is expected to be the first product the three companies will introduce to the market.

To meet demand in the Internet era, Gou said, Sharp will upgrade the specifications of semiconductors installed in its TV products, but he did not elaborate on a plan for an IC upgrade of Sharp's Internet TVs.

Gou said that Sharp has more than 20,000 product designers, engineers and workers, and that he believed the Japanese firm, using Hon Hai's manufacturing capability, will be able to produce TV products to satisfy consumers in the Internet era.

Meanwhile, Gou said that Hon Hai is pushing for a trade-in project for Sharp. In the project, Gou said, as long as buyers of Sharp TVs sign up with the Japanese firm, they will be able to swap their old TVs for a new one after a certain period.

In turn, Hon Hai will fix the used TVs under the trade-in project and donate the devices to poor families in a bid to maximize their use.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel