ViewSonic

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ViewSonic Corporation
TypePrivate
IndustryComputer hardware
Electronics
Founded1987; 34 years ago (1987) (as Keypoint Technology Corporation)
FounderJames Chu
Headquarters
Key people
James Chu, Founder, CEO
ProductsMonitors, Projectors, Pen Displays, Large format displays
Revenue$600 million (2019)
Number of employees
1,000 (2020)
Websitewww.viewsonic.com

ViewSonic Corporation is a privately-held multinational electronics company with headquarters in Brea, California, United States and a research & development center in New Taipei City, Taiwan.

ViewSonic specializes in visual display technology—including liquid-crystal displays, projectors, and interactive whiteboards—as well as digital whiteboarding software. The company provides products in three key markets: education, enterprise, and entertainment.

Company history[edit]

The company was initially founded as Keypoint Technology Corporation in 1987 by James Chu. In 1990 it launched the ViewSonic line of color computer monitors, and shortly afterwards the company renamed itself after its brand.[1]

The ViewSonic logo features Gouldian finches, colorful birds native to Australia.

In the mid-1990s, ViewSonic rose to become one of the top-rated makers of computer CRT monitors, alongside Sony, NEC, MAG Innovision, and Panasonic. ViewSonic soon displaced the rest of these companies to emerge as the largest display manufacturer from America/Japan at the turn of the millennium.

In 2000, ViewSonic acquired the Nokia Display Products' branded business.[2]

In 2002 ViewSonic announced a 3840 × 2400 WQUXGA, 22.2-inch monitor, VP2290.

In 2005, ViewSonic and Tatung won a British patent lawsuit filed against them by LG Philips in a dispute over which company created technology for rear mounting of LCDs in a mobile PC (U.K. Patent GB2346464B, titled “portable computer").[3]

On July 2, 2007, the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to raise up to $143.8M in an IPO on NASDAQ.[4]

On March 5, 2008, the company filed a withdraw request with the Securities and Exchange Commission saying "terms currently obtainable in the public marketplace are not sufficiently attractive to the Registrant to warrant proceeding with the initial public offering".[5]

In 2017, ViewSonic entered the interactive whiteboard market with its ViewBoard flat panels and myViewBoard software. ViewSonic was named a best-selling collaboration display brand in 2018,[6] became a Google for Education partner in 2019,[7] and became a Microsoft Education partner in 2020.[8]

Operations[edit]

ViewSonic has its headquarters in Brea, California, United States and a research & development center in New Taipei City, Taiwan. As of 2017, ViewSonic is selling globally with offices in Germany, United Kingdom, France, Russia, Turkey, Spain, Sweden, Australia, Taiwan, Malaysia, India, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Japan, and the United States.[9]

Product history[edit]

A ViewSonic 17-inch LCD monitor

In 1998, ViewSonic announced that two of its Professional Series monitors achieved TCO '99 certification.[10]

In 2000, ViewSonic partnered with AT&T Corporation to offer Internet appliances integrated with the AT&T WorldNet Service, initially targeting the corporate market. The Internet appliances ranged from standalone i-boxes, integrated LCD and CRT devices, to web phones and wireless web pads. The units were deemed capable of operating on nearly any operating system, including Windows CE, Linux, QNX and VxWorks.[11]

In 2002 ViewSonic announced a 3840 × 2400 WQUXGA, 22.2-inch monitor, VP2290.[12]

ViewSonic was the first manufacturer to bring Smart Display to the market, with the Airpanel V150 in early 2003. This included a 15" 1024 × 768 LCD, a 400 MHz Intel XScale processor, 32 MB ROM, 64 MB RAM, 802.11b wireless, and a USB wireless hub for the host PC.[citation needed]

At the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show, ViewSonic introduced display products, namely a projector, monitors and an HDTV set, capable of being connected directly to a video iPod.[13]

On May 31, 2011, the ViewPad 7x debuted at the Computex computer show in Taipei, Taiwan, Pocket-Lint reported, being a follow-up rather than a replacement to ViewSonic's existing ViewPad 7 tablet, which runs Android 2.2, a.k.a. Froyo.[14]

In 2019, ViewSonic announced myViewBoard software for digital whiteboards.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "James Chu 1/8 - Asian American Rags to Riches Success Stories". GoldSea.
  2. ^ ViewSonic Corporation Acquires Nokia Display Products' Branded Business Archived December 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine (January 17, 2000) - Accessed: July 3, 2007
  3. ^ F. Moltzen, Edward (2005-12-13). "ViewSonic Prevails In Patent Dispute". ChannelWeb Network. CMP Media LLC. Retrieved 2007-07-07.
  4. ^ ViewSonic Registers for IPO, Forbes. Access date: 3-July-2007.
  5. ^ Re: ViewSonic Corporation Withdrawal of Registration Statement on Form S-1 (File No. 333-144262), Securities and Exchange Commission. Access date: 8-March-2008-09.
  6. ^ ViewSonic Named the Best-Selling Collaboration Display Brand of Q1 2018, Yahoo. Access date: 14-May-2019.
  7. ^ ViewSonic Becomes a Google for Education Partner
  8. ^ ViewSonic Becomes a Microsoft Education Partner with myViewBoard for Windows
  9. ^ "ViewSonic.com About Us." ViewSonic.com About Us. Access date: October 2, 2017.
  10. ^ "World First As ViewSonic Monitors Achieve TCO '99". prnewswire.co.uk (Press release). PR Newswire Europe Ltd. 1998-10-29. Retrieved 2007-07-07.
  11. ^ "Viewsonic Corporation unveils state-of-the-art internet appliances - announces strategic relationship with AT&T WorldNet Service". prnewswire.co.uk (Press release). PR Newswire Europe Ltd. 2000-08-01. Retrieved 2007-07-07.
  12. ^ "ViewSonic Brings World's Highest Resolution Monitor To Its LCD Lineup: 9.2 Mega Pixel LCD Display Provides Professionals with Photographic Quality Images" (Press release). New York: ViewSonic Press Releases. 25 June 2002. Archived from the original on 7 December 2002.
  13. ^ Burke, Steven (2007-01-09). "CES 2007: ViewSonic Drives iPod Integration". ChannelWeb Network. CMP Media LLC. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-07-07.
  14. ^ Lance Whitney, CNET. "Report: ViewSonic to win 7-inch Honeycomb tablet race." May 13, 2011. Retrieved May 13, 2011.
  15. ^ "ViewSonic Expands myViewBoard Ecosystem through Easier Screen-sharing Solutions" (Press release). ViewSonic Press Releases. 9 September 2019.

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