Company profile and brief description of Acer Inc.
Originally founded in 1976, Acer Incorporated is a global manufacturer of electronics. They may proudly boast that they are the largest franchised retail computer chain in Taipei, Taiwan. Acer is also one of the largest computer manufacturers in the world, coming in third behind HP and Dell. The Acer product line is impressive, consisting of desktops, laptops, PDAs, network servers, storage facilities, peripherals, and displays for government, education, corporate and home users.
From humble beginnings, Acer started with $25,000 in capital and a mere 11 employees. Today, the manufacturer has the reach to market its IT products to customers across the world. Their business model consists of partnerships with industry-leading companies, offering the flexibility needed to conform to the fast changing IT market trends. The Acer infrastructure is designed to enable further success by minimizing operating expense and increasing profitability.
Acer branched off their manufacturing operation as Winstron Corporation in 2000, placing an emphasis on the branding business. Utilizing the best distribution channels to support the sales of its massive product lines, the company quickly became a worldwide entity. By 2002, Acer employed an estimated 39,000 people, supporting distributors and vendors in more than 100 countries. That same year, the manufacturer’s revenues reach $12.9 billion. Acer continued to grow at a rapid rate and by 2005, the company had approximately 7,800 employees located throughout the world. In 2008, the company reached another milestone as the sale of Acer notebook computers surpassed both Dell and HP. Although the company’s North American market share has declined over the past several years, its European share has continued to climb considerably.
Acer’s success in the computer manufacturer market is attributed to its commanding position in the Acer Group. This family consists of Acer, eMachines, Gateway and Packard Bell. A successful merger with Gateway in 2007 and Packard Bell in 2008 completed the group’s global footprint, giving the company the ability further strengthen its presence across the United States, Europe and beyond.
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Company profile and brief description of 3DLABS Semiconductor.
As a fabless semiconductor company, 3DLABS Semiconductor manufactures the DMS product line of fully programmable media-rich processors geared towards the embedded and handheld markets.
Based in Sunnyvale, California, the company was established from a buy-out of Dupont Pixel Systems in 1994, the company later went public in 1996. As an earlier pioneer in delivering 3D graphics to the personal computer, 3DLADS processors helped revolutionize the market with the GLINT 300SX graphics processor, the industry’s first single-chip 3D-enabled graphics device. The company continued its innovative ways with Gamma, the first-chip graphics geometry designed for the PC, and catered to budgeting customers with Permedia, the first entry-level priced OpenGL accelerator. Formerly a member of the OpenGL Architecture Review Board, 3DLABS played an integral role in the development of OpenGL 2.0 and the continuous evolution of the OpenGL API.
3DLABS DMS processors are built on a multi-core architecture. This low-power structure includes dual ARM cores for handling basic CPU tasks along with a fully programmable SIMD array processor to handle the heavy lifting for demanding media processing tasks such as 2D and 3D graphics, image processing and floating point. The first 3DLABS DMS processor was launched in November of 2006, offering support for devices equipped with embedded Linux 2.6.
With the introduction of DMS processors, 3DLABS made the decision to halt the development of its workstation graphics cards for the PC. Instead, the company has totally committed its focus to its low-power, media-rich application processors. While the manufacturer no longer develops or sells PC graphics cards, it still offers support for legacy graphics cards under warranty conditions. A number of 3DLABS drivers can be downloaded from the company website.
It has been a long and prosperous road for 3DLABS and its feature-rich product line. As technology continues to evolve, this company is sure to play a leading role deploying additional lines of innovative products.
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Company profile and brief description of 3dfx Interactive.
Originally founded in 1994 and based in San Jose, California, 3Dfx Interactive was a company that manufactured graphics accelerator chips and arcade game subsystems. While the company introduced various products, its claim to fame was the Voodoo Graphics processor line, which is still used in a wide variety of products today.
3Dfx earned notoriety is due to its success in the arcade game market. In those days, arcades were the best place to witness the latest innovations in 3D gaming technology firsthand. The first game the 3Dfx Voodoo Graphics card was implemented in was Ice Home Run Derby. Later in the same year, the company made its presence known in other popular titles that included Atari’s San Francisco Rush and Wayne Gretzy’s 3D Hockey. 3Dfx received a considerable amount of attention from the media due to the instant popularity of these graphically enhanced titles. Unfortunately, the company’s demise would come just four short years later.
The 3dfx Voodoo Graphics chip had an impressive run, ranging from the VooDoo Graphics PCI (VooDoo 1) all the way up to the VooDoo 5 series. Heading into the millennium, the company fell on hard financial times and its demise seemed imminent. Tied up in legal issues and bankruptcy proceedings, 3dfx was purchased and acquired by leading graphics card manufacturer Nvidia in 2000. Announcing that it would not provide support for 3dfx products, support for 3dfx drivers and Voodoo hardware has since been handled by various third-parties.
The fall of 3dfx can be attributed to bad business practices and much stiffer competition on the market. Sadly, the company has a number of products that failed to be released due to the Nvidia acquisition. Fortunately, you can still get support for your 3dfx drivers and files from a number of credible sources on the web.
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Based in Santa Clara, California, NVIDIA is a global provider of visual computing and chipset technologies. It is the inventor of the GPU (graphics processing unit), a high-performance processor that delivers amazing, interactive graphics to users of personal computers, workstations, servers, game consoles and mobile devices. Originally established in 1993, it has become one of the world’s leading suppliers of graphics processing units and motherboard chipsets. NVIDIA has more than 5,000 worldwide employees with offices in England, France, Germany, China, India, Japan and several other countries.
The company’s portfolio is mainly compromised of three product lines: the NVIDIA GeForce, Quadro, Tegra and Tesla. GeForce is known for its superb functionality, offering high definition video playback, realistic game play and unrivaled performance. The Quadro is geared towards professional users while the NVIDIA Tegra and Tesla are designed for mobile and network users respectively. These products offer the power to dramatically enhance computationally-intensive and visually rich-applications, such as broadcasting, film production, video games, industrial design and much more.
Nvidia has been a major contributor in the motherboard and graphics accelerators industries since launching its first product in 1995. It really made significant strides in 1999, introducing the world’s first GPU with NVIDIA GeForce 256 and the first workstation GPU in the Quadro. The company displayed market dominance in 2000 with the acquisition of 3dfx Graphics and the introduction of NVIDIA GeForce 2 Go, the very first mobile GPU. Other notable milestones include the acquisition of leading wireless graphics and multimedia technology provider Media Q in 2003 and the title of Forbes Magazine “Company of the Year” in 2007.
NVIDIA has already made its mark in 2009, launching new solutions to further enhance the visual experience for consumers, professionals and users on the go. The same dedication to innovation and quality that allowed it to dominate the market will likely usher this company into another decade of success.
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Headquartered in Taiwan, Yuan High-Tech is a company that produces a wide variety of graphics accelerators, multimedia products and computer hardware components. Though a specialist in various areas, its main focus is in the designing, developing, manufacturing and marketing of graphics cards, TV tuner cards, video encoder/decoders and a range of surveillance products.
The company is actually one of the pioneers in the TV tuner industry and growing quickly in the field of surveillance solutions as well. Yuan has garnered recognition amongst its industry peers and received numerous accolades, including the prestigious CES 2007 Innovations Award.
Yuan was established in 1990 and opened its China production factory in 1992. The company added graphics solutions to its portfolio in 1998 and has been one of the top suppliers every since. Though once powered by NVIDIA chipsets, Yuan graphics cards now thrive off ATI Radeon technology, delivering the best in performance to professional and home users alike. Along with highly skilled R&D teams, its state of the facility has aided in the launch of products that include a second and third generation Scan Converter, some of the first pen drives, DVD players and TV tuners. All Yuan products are Microsoft, WHQL and ISO 9000, ensuring the utmost in quality and compatibility.
For more than a decade, Yuan has been a leader and responsible for a number of firsts. Some of its innovations include the first MPEG wireless media gateway, the first pen-drive size DVB-T USB receiver, the first pen-drive size Hybrid D+A TV receiver and the first delivery express card on the market. While it has already launched several innovative products, the company isn’t through making history. Yuan looks to grow and maintain a leadership position in the market by leveraging a top notch infrastructure that provides the flexibility needed to meet the evolving needs of its customers.
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