Apple makes it to the top 5 in the Lighthouse Systems Index

Apple gained 3 positions and has made it to the top 5 of the Systems Index. The firm has reported its highest ever quarterly revenue and has also launched the new MacBook Air which it boasts as the world’s thinnest notebook. Lenovo also announced strong sales in its quarterly results and has gained 4 positions to the 15th spot. The firm has also announced its new line of notebooks to compete in the global consumer PC market.

The biggest gainer of the month is Freescale which has gained 6 positions, a gain it will find hard to maintain. The firm was the focus of a number of analyst research reports published in January. It has just signed an agreement to acquire SigmaTel and announced new initiatives to design more advanced energy efficient chipsets. With leadership changes at the top and an increasingly competitive market ahead it will be interesting to see how the firm fares in the future.

BenQ has been the biggest loser this month as it has slipped down 6 positions, taking it below Freescale. The firm showcased its latest mobile devices last month. However, two years on from the launch of BenQ-Siemens, it has still failed to get most analysts talking about its products and services (although IDC and Informa mention the firm often). Hewlett-Packard has just announced the acquisition of Exstream. It has been named the largest PC maker and has also lost 4 positions. Unusually, there have been no new entrants in the top 25 firms listed in the Lighthouse Systems Index.

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Duncan Chapple