Friday the 13th was an unlucky day for Transmonde Technologies. That's when the small US notebook PC maker declared defeat in a price war and closed its doors for good.
Company officials posted a message on Transmonde's home page stating it has gone out of business. The note cites a "fiercely-competitive market for portable computers" as a primary factor of its demise.
The three-year-old company, whose notebooks often appeared on US PC World's Top 10 Notebooks charts, greets callers with an equally dismal message: "We spent three years developing great products backed by industry-leading technical support and warranty policies. Unfortunately, this wasn't enough."
To analysts, Transmonde's demise is no surprise, and other small notebook manufacturers should be wary. "The big guys are eating them up," said Bruce Stephen, a researcher with International Data Corp (IDC).
Also, a shortage of LCD (liquid-crystal display) screens, an essential component in notebook computers, is taking its toll on manufacturers both big and small.