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Linn Huang

Research Director

Linn Huang tracks market trends and industry developments that impact the worldwide and U.S. markets for PCs, thin clients, and monitors. He participates in cross-research streams that cover all device categories.


Linn started out in the tech industry as a product manager at ASUS. He managed several hardware product lines, developing and executing product strategy from new product development, through go-to-market campaigns and subsequent channel management, to end of life cycle. Consequently, he has developed deep insights into advanced product distribution management and control.

Linn left ASUS to join IDC as a senior research analyst covering PCs, monitors, TVs, and embedded display technologies in his tenure. After two-and-a-half years, Linn join the Boston Consulting Group as the Lead Knowledge Analyst covering the global hardware, software, and IT services sectors. Linn rejoined IDC as Research Director, Devices & Displays in 2015.


  • B.A. in music from the University of California, Berkeley
  • M.B.A. from Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business, where he also contributed to faculty research in marketing strategy and new product development in the tech industry



On Tuesday, May 1, Apple announced earnings for CY 1Q18, posting a 16% increase year over year to reach $61.1 billion. Total device revenue reached $51.9 billion, up 13.2% from the $45.9 billion in CY 1Q17. Services revenue posted a strong ...
On February 1, 2018, Apple announced FY 1Q18 earnings of $88.3 billion, up 13% over the previous year and 68% sequentially. Financial highlights include:iPhone shipments totaled 77.3 million (-1% year over year [YoY]), and revenue grew 13% ...
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This IDC study discusses the worldwide tablet market shares for 2017."The tablet market has become a race to see if the detachables category can grow fast enough to offset the long-run decay of the slate category," stated Linn Huang, IDC re...
Device as a Service: The Industry's Inflection Point

Feb 2018 - Event Proceeding - Doc # DR2018_T8_LH

by: Linn Huang

These event proceedings were presented at the IDC Directions conferences in Santa Clara in February 2018.Device as a service (DaaS) has the potential to upend corporate IT procurement, provisioning, and management with substantial and far-r...
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