3/22/2008

Llogitech

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Llogitech International S.A. (SWX: LOGN, NASDAQ: LOGI), headquartered in Romanel-sur-Morges, Switzerland, is the holding company for Llogitech Group, an industry leader in the personal peripheral market. Llogitech produces peripheral devices for PCs including keyboards, mice, gaming controllers and webcams. Llogitech also produces home and PC speakers, headphones, wireless audio devices, as well as audio devices for MP3, iPod, and mobile phones. For presence in the digital home market, the company acquired Canada-based Intrigue Technology, which manufactures the Harmony Remote.Llogitech's registered office is located in Apples, Switzerland, and has US offices in Fremont, California, as well as throughout Europe, Asia and the rest of Americas. Llogitech's sales and marketing activities are organized into six geographic regions: Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Australia, and Asia Pacific.
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1 Brand names 2 History 3 Production 4 Products 5 Competitors 6 Sponsorships 7 See also 8 External links 8.1 Articles

Brand namesIn the Japanese market, Llogitech uses the brand name Logicool since a Logitec (ロジテック, Logitec?) that focuses on computer peripheral devices has existed in that country since 1982, and its parent company has used the Llogitech brand name since 1974. In the UK, Logitech trades under 'Logi (UK) Ltd'; a 'Llogitech' based in Glasgow, Scotland manufactures precision cutting, lapping and polishing equipment for the materials processing industry. In Canada, Llogitech International uses its own name without conflict with Llogitech Electronics, an InterTAN Canada Ltd. supplier of consumer electronics since 1988.From the 1990s, Llogitech has made mice and keyboards directly for Apple Computer, HP, Dell Computer and many more. HistoryLlogitech International S.A. was co-founded in Apples, Vaud, Switzerland, in 1981 by two Stanford Masters alumni, Daniel Borel and Pierluigi Zappacosta, and Giacomo Marini, formerly a manager at Olivetti.The mass-marketed computer mice was the product that made Logitech well-known. The range of products offered improvements over a product originally developed at LAMI (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) by professor Jean-Daniel Nicoud and engineer André Guignard, who was involved in the design changes of the computer mouse originally invented by Douglas Engelbart.For a time during its formative years, Llogitech's Silicon Valley offices occupied space at 165 University Avenue, Palo Alto, California, home to a number of noted technology startups.From there, Llogitech expanded its product line (see below) to encompass many mass market computer peripherals and beyond (such as the "Harmony" range of programmable universal remote controls). ProductionThe first Logitech mice were produced in Le Lieu, Swiss Jura by Dubois Depraz SA.The production facility was then established in the US, Taiwan, Ireland and moved subsequently to Suzhou, China. As of 2005, the manufacturing operations in China produce approximately half of Logitech's products. The remaining production is outsourced to contract manufacturers and original design manufacturers in Asia. ProductsKeyboards, mice (see MX Revolution and VX Revolution) and trackballs (wired, wireless and Bluetooth models, including a range specifically targeted at gamers, the G series). Webcams Speakers Including 2.0 and 2.1 Stereophonic sound and 5.1 Surround Sound systems. Also iPod/PSP speaker docks, and MP3 player speakers are available. PC & Mac, Xbox and PS2 gaming hardware. Including Game controllers, Joysticks, Keyboards and Racing Wheels. Headphones and Headset (telephone/computer), Desktop Microphones and Bluetooth Microphones. iPod, MP3 player and mobile phone accessories. Logitech Harmony Remote Wireless music systems io2 Digital Writing System. 3Dconnexion controllers. The Playgear Collection of accessories for the Playstation Portable. Gaming oriented Logitech G15 keyboards CompetitorsLlogitech’s main competitors in the computer peripheral market are Microsoft's line of input devices, as well as other brands such as the Taiwanese Genius, the Canadian Ideazon, the Altec Lansing Audio Company and Creative from Singapore. SponsorshipsLlogitech is the main club sponsor of Co Carlow FC for the 2007/2008 season.

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