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Logitech International S.A.
Type Société Anonyme
Traded as SIXLOGN NASDAQLOGI
Industry Computer peripherals, tablet peripherals
Founded Apples, Switzerland (October 2, 1981 (1981-10-02))
Headquarters Lausanne, Switzerland
Area served Worldwide
Key people Guerrino De Luca (Chairman), Bracken Darrell (CEO)
Products Computer peripherals, tablet peripherals
Revenue Decrease $2.1 billion (2013)
Profit

Decrease -$228 million (2013)

[1]
Total assets Increase $1.4 billion (2013)[1]
Total equity Increase $0.7 billion (2013)[1]
Employees 9,000 (2013)
Website www.logitech.com
Former Logitech's Silicon Valley office in Newark, CA
A Logitech G7 mouse
Wireless Trackman Mouse
USB speakers
Rumble Gamepad F510

Logitech International S.A. is a Swiss global provider of personal computer and tablets accessories with EMEA headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland and Americas headquarters in Newark, CA. The company develops and markets products like peripheral devices for PCs, including keyboards, mice, trackballs, microphones, game controllers and webcams. Logitech also makes home and computer speakers, headphones, wireless audio devices, as well as audio devices for MP3 players and mobile phones. More recently, the company has begun making keyboards and covers for tablets.

In addition to its Swiss and Americas headquarters, the company has offices throughout Europe, Asia and the rest of the Americas. Logitech's sales and marketing activities are organized into three geographic regions: Americas, EMEA, and Asia Pacific.


History[edit]

Logitech International S.A. was co-founded in Apples, Vaud, Switzerland, in 1981 by two Stanford PhD alumni, Daniel Borel and Pierluigi Zappacosta, Jean-luc Mazzone and Giacomo Marini, formerly a manager at Olivetti.

The mass-marketed computer mouse 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, Logitech's Silicon Valley offices occupied space at 165 University Avenue, Palo Alto, California, home to a number of noted technology startups.

From there, Logitech 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).

In 2007, Logitech licensed Hillcrest Labs' Freespace motion control technology to produce the MX Air Mouse, which allows a user to use natural gestures to control a PC.[2][3]

In December 2008, Logitech shipped its one billionth mouse.[4]

In May 2010, Logitech, in partnership with Google, introduced the Internet-enabled television; named Google TV.[5]

In July 2011, Logitech acquired the mobile visual communications provider, Mirial.[6]

In November 2013, the company announced the launch of its new iPhone game controller, the PowerShell, which also doubles as a battery pack with a built-in 1500mAh battery.[7]

Logitech's profits have been hurt by the proliferation of tablet devices.[8][9]

Production[edit]

The first Logitech mice were made in Le Lieu, in the Swiss Canton of Vaud by Dubois Depraz SA.

Production facilities were 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.

Brand names[edit]

  • Logicool in Japan.

Product families[edit]

2014 Product Launches[edit]

In January 2014, Logitech launched a new video conference camera, the Logitech ConferenceCam CC3000e. The system includes a 1080p HD video camera, enterprise-quality audio, and the capability to easily connect to a laptop or thin client.[10]


In July 2014, Logitech announced the G402 Hyperion Fury Ultra-Fast Gaming Mouse. The mouse will be available in August for $60, can track over 500 inches per second, and features Logitech's own Delta Zero sensor technology.[11]

In September 2014, Logitech released the Logitech K480, a new Bluetooth keyboard that can connect to three devices simultaneously and allows you to switch between them using a small dial.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Logitech - Logitech Announces 2nd Quarter and Full-Year Financial Results for FY 2013". marketwatch.com. 
  2. ^ Techspot July 13, 2007. Logitech's MX Air Mouse with freespace motion control
  3. ^ By Michael Brown, Tom's Hardware. “Logitech Ships its One Billionth Mouse.” December 5, 2008. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  4. ^ Albanesius, Chloe (2011). "Google Unveils Google TV With Sony, Logitech, Intel as Partners | News & Opinion | PCMag.com". pcmag.com. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Logitech Acquires Mirial - MarketWatch". marketwatch.com. 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  6. ^ By Jordan Kahn, 9to5. “Logitech launches $99 ‘PowerShell’ iPhone game controller w/ built-in 1500 mAh battery.” November 20, 2013. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  7. ^ Remondini, Chiara (2011-10-27). "Logitech Second-Quarter Profit Drops on America, Europe Sales; Asia Gains". Bloomberg. Retrieved October 27, 2011. 
  8. ^ Kunert, Paul (25 April 2013). "Guess who PC-slaying tablets are killing next? Keyboard biz Logitech". The Register. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  9. ^ VentureBeat. “Logitech launches camera that turns any place into a video collaboration room.” January 27, 2014. Retrieved March, 4 2014.
  10. ^ By Eddie Makuch, GameSpot. “[1].” July 31, 2014. August 5, 2014.
  11. ^ By John Biggs, TechCrunch. “Logitech Releases A Surprisingly Useful Bluetooth Keyboard That Connects To Three Devices.” September 3, 2014. September 9, 2014.

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