Orchid Technology

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Orchid Technology was a privately held company founded by Le Nhon Bui in 1982. The company's original flagship product was its PCNet card, a 1 megabit-per-second LAN (networking) card for IBM PCs and clones. Notably, the acronym LAN (Local Area Networking) is the Vietnamese word for "Orchid". Hence, the origin of the company name.

After this successful product, the company embarked on introducing high-performance add-in cards, most notably the PC Turbo, TinyTurbo and TurboVGA enhancement cards that included 186 and 286 processors. During this time Orchid was also selected as one of the first OEM's for Novell Networks platform which garnered much success however the overhead of first line of support was such a platform was high and the company made a decision to go back to their roots of designing and manufacturing quality memory and multifunction PC Cards and venture into the high end CAD video card vertical.

From 1987 through 1994, a variety of memory and video cards were introduced. In 1988, Orchid started designing and selling back-plane motherboards under the Privilege Systems Division. However, Orchid could not garner any significant marketshare due to stiff competition from motherboard makers Micronics Computers, Inc., Mylex Corporation and American Megatrends Inc.(AMI), the original motherboard brand names in the industry.

In August 1994, it was acquired by motherboard maker Micronics Computers, Inc. Orchid was known for its Righteous 3D, Fahrenheit Video3D and Kelvin 64 graphics accelerators. They also manufactured an array of multimedia products including SoundWave 32 and GameWave 32 and the award-winning Vidiola line of digital capture and playback systems.

Orchid sold their products through OEMs, System Integrators and National Distributors such as Gates/FA, Techdata, Ingram and Micro D.

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