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    Default Any motherboard not made in China/Taiwan

    After seeing lately the working condition at Foxconn I was a little shocked. I somehow convinced myself that tech worker got better treated than textile worker... Any body know of motherboard maker that makes thing somewhere else than China/Taiwan or at least try to offer more decent conditions/wages than the 10 people in a room + 0.31$/hr at Foxconn?

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    I would be also interested in this and also searched a bit. But it seems to me that every motherboard is manufactured in China or Taiwan.

    Earlier today I read a news about ARM-based Raspberry Pi computer. After reading your thread I wondered where this is manufactured. On their homepage it says that their first intention was to manufacture it in Britain, but due to lack of suitable UK manufacturers and also because of following reason they manufacture it in Taiwan or China now (well for this low price, it would have been a surprise, if it were different).

    [...]
    I’d like to draw attention to one cost in particular that really created problems for us in Britain. Simply put, if we build the Raspberry Pi in Britain, we have to pay a lot more tax. If a British company imports components, it has to pay tax on those (and most components are not made in the UK). If, however, a completed device is made abroad and imported into the UK – with all of those components soldered onto it – it does not attract any import duty at all. This means that it’s really, really tax inefficient for an electronics company to do its manufacturing in Britain,[...]
    source: http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/509

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    Foxconn is a budget vendor. It does not surprise me at all thay they don't care about the working conditions. But I have no idea if there are other vendors doing it better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlbertP View Post
    Foxconn is a budget vendor. It does not surprise me at all thay they don't care about the working conditions. But I have no idea if there are other vendors doing it better.
    It's not really about Foxconn; they're just a prominent example in the press right now because they have big-name customers like Apple, Dell, Microsoft, Sony, etc.. It's rumored that they also make motherboards for EVGA, Intel, and a couple others. But whichever motherboard brand you get, the actual manufacturing is probably done in a Foxconn-like factory even if it's not actually Foxconn.

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    That's true. There are also many Foxconn parts, mainly back panel connectors, visible on motherboards from other manufacturer. (By the way, I didn't yet know EVGA made motherboards... apparently they don't sell in the Netherlands)

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    After some more investigations and discussion at the water fountain, I discovered CP Systems. I had never heard of them before, someone I know told me they researched and found them during the "buy in the USA" budget provision. Hardly mainstream however. Perhaps there some other company selling more mainstream motherboard to satisfy some of those USA only provisions...

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