April has been a quiet month for the Lighthouse Systems Index with no major upsets in the top ranking. However, lower down the order Barco, which specializes in developing and designing visualization products, has improved its rank this month by notching up 4 positions. The firm has recently launched a high definition LCD display claiming it to be the first true grade-1 LCD display that can compete with a CRT monitor and it will be interesting to see if analysts cover this launch in their future research notes. Qualcomm has also gained 3 positions and is now ranked at the 27th spot. Its Gobi mobile internet solution appears to be gaining momentum and increased presence in Spain and Portugal have certainly helped it to gain ground in the Lighthouse Systems Index.
Asus has nudged out Philips in the top 25 this month. Its Eee PC series (introduced as far back as October 2007) is proving to be a continuing source of focus on its product line helping it to notch up 2 positions this month. Philips which has dropped out of the top 25 this month has pulled out of the North American TV manufacturing and distribution business by transferring these activities to Funai Electric Co of Japan. The company has dropped down 3 positions this month and is now at the 28th spot.
The biggest loss of ranking this month has been suffered by BenQ. The has dropped 9 positions as it has failed to get analysts talking about its new Joybook laptop or the strong growth of its LCD monitor business in the Asia Pacific Region.
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