Guillemot Steps Away From Graphics Business

Guillemot, a French manufacturer of PC and gaming peripherals such as joysticks, steering wheels, audio cards and speakers has decided to stop making video cards and monitors to concentrate on those other products.

The company had been making graphics cards based on the ATI Radeon design and offered several versions of the 9800, 9600, and 9200 series of cards.

Following is the company’s press release:

In view of the success of the new Hercules music lines (DJ Console, Muse Pocket) and the sizeable demand for its Thrustmaster gaming and mobile accessories, Guillemot Corporation has decided to focus on these product ranges with high added value.

The Group has therefore elected to progressively withdraw from the graphics board and monitor markets, which have been producing very weak gross margins, in order to mobilize all of its resources towards the development of markets with strong potential.

Guillemot Corporation will thus re-center its activities on new growth markets which will allow the company to best respond to users’ new expectations. The Group has begun adapting its teams and business structures to this new configuration with a view towards profitability.

Moreover, the Group’s Research and Development department is currently at work fine-tuning a range of products employing Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies in order to provide a complete solution combining the potential and comfort of use of wireless connections with the quality and ergonomics of Hercules and Thrustmaster.