Saitek

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Saitek
PC Gaming peripherals
Industry Consumer Electronics
Founded 1979
Headquarters Worldwide
Products PC Games Controllers, PC Peripherals, Mice & Keyboards, PC + iPod Speakers, Headsets, Flight Simulators.
Number of employees
2500+
Parent Logitech
Website saitek.com

Saitek is a designer and manufacturer of consumer electronics founded in 1979 by Swiss technologist Eric Winkler. They are best known for their PC gaming controllers, mice, keyboards, and their numerous analogue flight controllers such as joysticks, throttles, and rudder pedals.

History[edit]

In 1987, Saitek developed the Pocket Plus in collaboration with Garry Kasparov

Saitek was founded in 1979 by Swiss technologist Eric Winkler as a manufacturer of electronic chess games. By the 1990s the company had distribution and design offices in the United States, Germany, France and the United Kingdom, as well as a factory in China. In 1994, Saitek acquired Hegner & Glaser's successful Mephisto line of chess computers. Saitek diversified into PC peripherals, focusing on game controllers for flight simulation, driving and first-person gaming. Saitek has also expanded into PC peripherals, with an emphasis on input, connectivity and multimedia. In 2005, Saitek launched a high fidelity audio product line for PC & iPod.

In 2007 Saitek was acquired at a price of $30 million by Mad Catz.[1][2] Following the buy out, Saitek’s North American operations were transferred to Mad Catz’s San Diego offices.

In August 2015, Mad Catz announced that it will work with Cloud Imperium Games to create licensed simulation products for its space simulation game Star Citizen under the Saitek banner.[3] These products were first unveiled at Gamescom 2015.[4]

On September 15, 2016, Logitech announced that they had purchased the Saitek brand and assets from Mad Catz for $13 million in cash.[5]

Products[edit]

Pro Flight Controllers[edit]

  • Pro Flight Yoke System
  • Pro Flight Throttle Quadrant
  • TPM System

Pro Flight Panels[edit]

  • Pro Flight Backlit Information Panel
  • Pro Flight Multi Panel
  • Pro Flight Radio Panel
  • Pro Flight Switch Panel
  • Pro Flight Instrument Panel

Pro Flight Sticks[edit]

  • X-56 Rhino H.O.T.A.S. System (2016)
  • X-55 Rhino H.O.T.A.S. System (2014)
  • X-65F Flight Combat Control System (2008)
  • X52 Pro Flight Control System (2007)
  • X52 Flight Control System (2005)
  • X45 Digital Joystick and Throttle (2001)
  • X36 Flight Control System (1999), consisting of the X36F Control stick and X35T throttle

Flight Sticks[edit]

  • Aviator for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC
  • Cyborg F.L.Y.9 Wireless Flight Stick for Xbox 360/PS3
  • Cyborg F.L.Y 5 Flight Stick for PC
  • Cyborg Evo Flight Stick for PC
  • ST290 Flight Stick for PC

Pro Flight Rudder Pedals[edit]

Accessories[edit]

  • Pro Flight Headset

Cessna Controllers[edit]

  • Pro Flight Cessna Yoke System
  • Pro Flight Cessna Trim Wheel
  • Pro Flight Cessna Rudder Pedals

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mad Catz Acquires SaitekTM, a Leading Worldwide PC Games Peripheral Provider, for $30 Million" (PDF). 2007-11-14. p. 4. Retrieved 2008-02-29.  Archived November 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Elliott, Phil (2007-11-14). "Mad Catz acquires Saitek for $30m". gamesindustry.biz. Eurogamer Network Ltd. Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  3. ^ "Mad Catz(R) Teams Up With Cloud Imperium(R) Games to Create Dedicated Saitek(R) Branded Star Citizen(R) Hardware". globenewswire.com. 2015-08-03. Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  4. ^ "Saitek HOTAS & Peripherals Analysis + Saitek Q&A". imperialnews.network. 2015-08-19. Retrieved 2015-08-19. 
  5. ^ "Logitech Acquires Saitek Simulation Product Line from Mad Catz". 2016-09-15. Retrieved 2016-09-15. 

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