Archive for April, 2010

Hauppage Drivers

Founded in 1992, Hauppage Computer Works is a global leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing electronic video hardware for PCs. The name was derived from the hamlet of Hauppage, New York, the same city in which it is based.

Best known for its successful line of PC-based TV tuner cards, Hauppage also produces digital video editors, digital video recorders, digital media players and hybrid video recorders. The company also has a product range of digital television products that support both Windows and Macintosh computers. Though headquartered in New York, Hauppage has sales and technical support offices located in the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and The Netherlands.

During the early 1990s, Hauppauge mainly developed motherboards for Intel 486 processors. While most of these motherboards were designed for standard IBM-compatible PCs, others were workstation and server-based, offering support for FISA, optional cache memory modules and the Weitek 4167 FPU. One of its most popular motherboards was the Hauppauge 4860, the only standard PC/AT motherboard with an Intel 80486 processor and the option to run an Intel i860 processor. Shortly thereafter, the company stopped producing motherboards to focus on the TV card market.

The company achieved worldwide notoriety with its Hauppauge WinTV product line. This family of PC analog and digital TV tuners gives users the ability to watch television from their computer in a window or full screen. Some of the features of WinTV models include FM radio, IR remote control and fast, high-performance recording. The Hauppauge WinTV offers benefits to both home and business users. Professionals use it to keep track of late breaking news while home users enjoy the luxury of being able to watch TV while checking their email or surfing the web.

Over the years, Hauppage has been committed to strengthening its presence by introducing more cutting edge products and establishing itself in more regions. Those goals appear to be within easy reach as the company now has sales offices in Turkey and more products that support the Linux operating system.

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Guillemot Drivers

Officially established in 1984, Guillemot Corporation is a France-based company that designs and manufactures a wide variety of interactive PC hardware and accessories. The product lineup consists of graphics cards and graphics accelerators, TV acquisition cards, sound cards, CD/DVD drives, joysticks, USB steering wheels and a range of devices under many of its award-winning brands. It has a strong global presence with offices in locations that include the U.K., the U.S., Canada, Spain, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong and Italy. Coupled with over 150 qualified worldwide employees, this reach enables the company to deliver quality, high-performance products to customers in more than 30 countries.

Guillemot’s early product line proved that it had more to show than clones of competing offerings. In the mid 1990s, the company stepped up in the research and development department to establish itself as a product innovator. A breakthrough was made with Guillemot sound cards. In 1996, the manufacturer launched a series called the Maxi Sound 64, the first card on the market to offer 64-voiced polyphony. This was followed up by the Home Studio Pro version, which marked the first all-in-one PC-based solution for creating and recording music. The innovation of Guillemot sound cards gave the company the leverage it needed to garner more attention and gain a share of the North American market. Over the years, the company added to its brands by acquiring Thrustmaster and Hercules, two popular lines that still power its portfolio to the current day.

Now enjoying a prosperous relationship with industry leaders such as Microsoft, Guillemot graphics cards, motherboards and digital audio products are among the best in the business, offering power to suit the needs of enthusiasts and professionals alike. With more than 100 awards under its belts, it is clear to see why this company is so widely praised throughout the computer hardware industry.

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Gigabyte Drivers

Founded in 1986, Gigabyte Technology is a Taiwan-based company that manufactures a wide range of computer hardware products. What began as a research and development team has become a global leader in the highly competitive motherboard and graphics accelerator markets. To reach a broader spectrum of customers, Gigabyte recently further expanded its portfolio of products to include a more versatile line, such as desktop and notebook PCs, network servers, digital home appliances, mobile and handheld devices and telecommunications solutions. Its extensive product line is designed to cover every facet of life at home or in the office environment. As of 2009, Gigabyte has approximately 7070 employees in multiple countries throughout the world.

You can say Gigabyte has had a rather interesting history in regards to its video card offerings. Before 2002, the company only produced NVIDIA based cards. Back then, its line consisted of GeForce3 Ti200/500 cards. Eventually, the relationship between Gigabyte and NVIDIA turned rocky, resulting in the company picking up ATI-based graphic cards. During the next year, it only sold ATI cards until announcing a renewed partnership with NVIDIA in the latter part of 2003. Today, Gigabyte graphics cards consist of both ATI and NVIDIA-based products, providing enthusiasts with high-performance solutions built on the best chips in the industry. Throughout its tenure, the company has won a countless amount of awards and grown to become one of the biggest names in the business.

Gigabyte continues to set trends to the current day. As recently as June of 2008, it unveiled the M912, the first touchable, swivel screen mobile PC. This unit features a touch screen with a stylus and 180 degree swivel design that allows it be transferred into a tablet PC. Innovations such as this give indication that Gigabyte will keep on delivering the highest quality products with industry leading designs.

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