Alliance Semiconductor Corporation Drivers

Company profile and brief description of Alliance Semiconductor Corp.

Originally established in 1985, Alliance Semiconductor Corporation is a company that designs and manufactures memory and memory-intensive logic products. Alliance Semiconductor also spent a portion of their history selling video chipsets for personal computers. Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, Alliance Semiconductor has garnered a worldwide reach with state of the art design centers in Santa Clara as well as Bangalore and Hyderabad, India.

Over the years, Alliance Semiconductor has been able to remain afloat in the market with an extensive portfolio of products and significant market demand for their ProMotion line. The Alliance Semiconductor ProMotion product line consists of various types of RAM that include DRAM (Dynamic Random Access Memory), SRAM (Static Random Access Memory) and PSRAM (Pseudo SRAM) as well as embedded memory, Flash memory and logic solutions. The company no longer produces graphics controllers for video card and OEM computer system vendors, however, they have made a set of generic drivers available to the public, a move that was done to show courtesy to its loyal vendors. While these Alliance Semiconductor ProMotion drivers can be obtained from the company website, the manufacturer is reminding customers that the drivers are not updated or otherwise supported in anyway.

In the beginning of 2005, Alliance Semiconductor made it a priority to transition its focus from being a company targeting the semiconductor market and investing in emerging entities to one dedicated to maximizing return to its shareholders. Now focused on managing its short-term investments, Alliance states that the transformation is complete. Always utilizing the best business practices, in July 2007 the company paid out a special cash dividend of $3.75 per share to its shareholders along with an additional $0.25 per share in April of 2008. As of now, the Alliance Semiconductor Board of Directors is committed to evaluating a number of alternatives to better determine the company’s direction for the future.

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Albatron Drivers

Company profile and brief description of Albatron.

Albatron is a company that specializes in embedded solutions for application and industrial PC components. Although the manufacturer became internationally known in 2002, the actual birth of this company dates back to 1984. Beginning as Chun Yun Electronics, the company primarily functioned as a display manufacturer, producing television sets, plasma displays, rear projection systems and wide-screen multimedia monitors. The changing of the name to Albatron signified the emergence of a new product line and direction.

In the beginning of 2002, Albatron formed a new IT products division and rolled out a whole new range of products. Its IT division is compromised of two teams: one dedicated to motherboards, the other focused on graphic cards. Albratron graphic cards have made significant gains in a highly competitive market, releasing 10 new high quality cards in the first half of 2002 alone. Note to be outdone was the Albatron motherboard team which launched 14 new models around the same time.

Fast growing success with its superior quality, high-end VGA cards resulted in a spin off in the new ABT subsidiary. This division is committed to delivering high-performance Albatron VGA cards with components of the highest quality for PC enthusiasts. Still in development, these cards are slated to offer far more than an overclocked NVIDIA reference card with the addition of a fancy fan. Dubbed as ABT Ultra Enthusiast, Albatron reports that the new cards will be custom designed from the ground up, featuring all new durable components coupled with a precision PCB design able to withstand the most demanding graphics applications.

Albatron continues to supply its global community of users with a full lineup of the latest AMD and Intel-based motherboards as well industry leading NVIDIA-based VGA cards. Innovation and quality products have allowed the company to enjoy continuous success in Australia, Japan, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. The future roll out of the new Albratron VGA cards is one that will likely help the manufacturer seize significant market shares in other regions as well.

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Adaptec Drivers

Company profile and brief description of Adaptec Corp.

Headquartered in Milpitas, California with several offices across the world, Adaptec is a computer hardware manufacture that specializes in host adapters for interconnecting computers and storage devices. With more than 26 years experience in the storage I/O marketplace, the company is a leading provider of storage hardware and software solutions. Adaptec products are designed to interface with USB, Firewire, FibreChannel, SCSI, iSCSI and Serial ATA as well as audio and video. Adaptec RAID controllers consist of an impressive lineup that provides customers with solutions to enhance performance, reliability and manageability in their IT environments.

Adaptec has been involved in many initiatives during its near three decade tenor. This includes the creation of the popular Easy CD Creator, a CD/DVD burning software package bundled with many earlier CD/DVD writers. Though the product is now obsolete, it is still supported by Roxio, an Adaptec spinoff. The company recently made significant waves in the SAN market with the introduction of its dedicated SAS-based stored appliance. This Adaptec RAID controller provides high-performance, cost-efficient, highly reliable storage for customers with mission-critical application servers. Always receiving industry recognition, Adaptec was honored in 2008 as InfoWorld named its Snap Server 720i with the highly coveted “Best Entry-Level SAN.”

A long-time leader in the data storage industry, Adaptec actively participates in a number of storage market organizations committed to setting new standards within the marketplace. Some of the most notable entities include the SATA-IO (Serial ATA International Organization) and the STA (SCSI Trade Association) among others. Adaptec is also a certified member of the Green Grid, a global consortium focused on enhancing energy efficiency in IT data centers and business computing ecosystems. When considering the success the company has achieved, one can only assume that Adaptec’s Green Power initiative will play a major role in reducing energy consumption in some of today’s major markets.

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Acer Incorporated Drivers

Company profile and brief description of Acer Inc.

AcerOriginally 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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3DLABS Semiconductor Drivers

Company profile and brief description of 3DLABS Semiconductor.

Untitled-1 copyAs 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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