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Realtek Milestones and History

June 15th, 2011 1 comment

History

Taiwan’s one of the biggest semiconductor companies started in 1987. The company is popularly known as the Realtek Semiconductors Corp. This company was created by a small group of young, skilled and determined professionals in the field of engineering. Its main office is situated at Hsinchu Science-based Industrial park. Since the foundation of this company, its growth has been very convincing.

In 2003, the company’s most popular products (10/100M Ethernet controllers), achieved a 70% of the global market share. While their other products such as the AC’97 audio codecs, achieved a 50% global market share. In terms of employment, the company has hired 970 employees from 1987-1998 (March), where more than 72% (700 or more) of the employees were all experts in research and development. This shows the company’s direction and vision in developing more reliable and quality products.

Due to the company’s expertise in IC design and system development, coupled with their broad knowledge and advancement in the field of manufacturing, Realtek has achieved a lot since it started. In addition, Realtek also makes sure that their customers have access to any services such as drivers downloads and updates of their different products (e.g. Realtek Audio Drivers).

Milestone

Some of the company’s greatest achievements from 1987-2010:

2010

  • Outstanding IT Products Award for RTL8111E PCI-E 10/100/1000M Ethernet Controller
  • Innovative Products Award – RTL8367M Single-Chip 5+2-Port 10/100/1000M Switch Controller awarded by the Hsinchu Science Park Administration
  • ‘Best Choice of COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2010 Award’ – Realtek RTL8111E Single-Chip Gigabit Ethernet Controller
  • Best Choice of COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2010 Award – Realtek ALC899 High Fidelity PC Audio Codec

2009

  • Outstanding I.T Application/Products Award 2009 – RTD1073/1283 Full-HD Digital Media Processor

2008

  • Best Choice of COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 Award – RTD2485D All-In-One LCD Monitor Controller

2007

  • Best Choice of COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2007 Award – Realtek’s RTL8111C-GR Single-Chip PCIe Gigabit Ethernet Controller

2006

  • Best Choice of COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2006 Award – Realtek’s High Definition Audio Codec (ALC888 Telecom)

2005

  • Science Park R&D Accomplishment Award, awarded by Hsinchu Science Park Administration

2004

  • Innovative Product Award from the Hsinchu Science Park Administration – All-CMOS IEEE 802.11a/b/g Dual-Band Triple-Mode WLAN Chipsets with USB 2.0 Interface(RTL8187L﹢RTL8255)

2003

  • Innovative Product Award from the Hsinchu Science Park Administration – Single-Chip Gigabit Ethernet Controllers(RTL8169S/RTL8110S)

2002

  • Best Choice of Computex award at Computex-Taipei 2002 – Realtek’s 6-Channel AC’97 Audio Codec

2001

  • Component Design – Multi-mode Single-Chip 10/100M Fast Ethernet Controller, awarded by EDN Asia Magazine

2000

  • Innovative Product Award from the Hsinchu Science Park Administration – Realtek’s 8-port 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Switch Controller with Embedded Memory(RTL8308)

1999

  • Innovative Product Award from the Hsinchu Science Park Administration – Realtek’s IEEE 1394A 3-port 100/200/400 Mbps Cable Transceiver /Arbiter Chip(ALN 8801

1998 (October)

  • Realtek approved as a listed company on the Taiwan Stock Exchange

1997

  • Innovative Product Award from the Hsinchu Science Park Administration – Realtek’s Single-Chip Fast Ethernet Controller(RTL8139)

1993

  • Innovative Product Award from the Hsinchu Science Park Administration – Realtek’s RTG3108 High-Performance Window Accelerator Chipset

1987 (October)

  • Realtek foundation

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