Where are motherboards produced these days and by whom?

Like many PC network products and main products, which are being defined as “products that are used for LANs (local area networks), PSTN (public switched telephone network), ISDN (integrated services networks), ASDL (asymmetric digital subscriber loop), and cable modems.

Main products include “network interface cards, hubs, bridging switches, modems and routers”(Electronic Computer Glossary), motherboards are mostly produced in Asian countries like China, Thailand, Vietnam or Korea. While many producer companies are based in Europe or the USA, the production is much cheaper in Asia, because of the production of raw materials nearby and low costs for labor. One problem though, is the production and distribution of pirated material, which is in number higher in countries, with low paid labor and great access to the original products.

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How did motherboards develop over the last 20 years?

A motherboard or mainboard is the name of the central printed circuit board (PCB) in personal computers. They hold most of the crucial components for the computer to function and provide connectors for peripherals.

Since their beginnings in the 1970s, motherboards have come a long way. They have shrunken in size and along the way revolutionized the way computers are designed today. The motherboard alone, in these days, is holding millions of transistors. But does anyone know, how the motherboard became, what it is today? Focusing on the ever next new big thing, we tend to be forgetful. Because, there are so many new and exiting technical devices coming out each month, we sometimes forget, where we have been before and the massive amount of work, which went into the development, that led us here.
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