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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 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% ...
Once the center of our computing experiences, the PC and tablet markets have struggled as consumer attention shifted to other devices such as smartphones and wearables. In recent years, vendors in the space have worked to change consumer pe...
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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...
This IDC Web Conference by IDC's Linn Huang and Ramon Llamas discusses the key predictions that will impact the consumer devices and augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) markets over the next one to three years. Senior IT leaders a...
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