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Logitech Acquires Gazelle Graphics

Gazelle Graphics Systems, a Simi Valley firm that produces electronic pens for computer inputting, has been acquired by Logitech International Inc., a Silicon Valley concern that already held a 51% stake in Gazelle.

Gazelle, which has 20 employees, was founded in 1990 by Anthony Zank, who was its president and chief executive. He has joined Fremont-based Logitech’s board and has been named head of pen digitizer research.

Gazelle’s pens are used primarily with notebook computers. Logitech, whose sales totaled $292 million in the year that ended March 31, describes itself as the world’s largest producer of hand-held computer scanners and pointing devices, such as the Apple mouse.

Zank said Gazelle had “developed to a point where our products now need Logitech’s worldwide manufacturing capability and marketplace credibility.”

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He added that he plans to remain with the company “at least another year or two.” After that, he may start another business.


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