Eric Winkler

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Eric Winkler [1]

Eric Ernest Winkler,
a Swiss physicist, technologist, businessman and manufacturer of consumer electronics and dedicated chess computers, holding a MSc in Physics from ETH Zurich [2], in 1978, along with Peter Auge co-founder of Novag, and in 1979 founder and CEO of SciSys (Scientific Systems) located in Hong Kong, 1987 renamed to Saitek [3].


Saitek continued the Mephisto trademark after the acquisition of Hegener & Glaser in 1994 [4] and its entire business operations in 2000. At the H&G Extraordinary General Meeting in December 2000, it was decided to change the company's name from Hegener + Glaser AG to Stella Entertainment AG realizing 100% of the shares of the Broadway Musical Management GmbH (BMM), while Winkler concurrently resigned as member of the supervisory board. Stella became insolvent in 2002, partly acquired by Stage Entertainment - the German Mantelaktien-Report by Undervalued-Shares broached the issue [5].

In 2007, Saitek's Branded Products division was acquired at a price of 30 million Dollar by Mad Catz [6], while Winkler continued with his own company, electronics manufacturer Ryder Industries Ltd., Hong Kong, no longer in the dedicated chess computer business [7].


Eric Winkler was involved in various patent-registered inventions in the field of dedicated chess computers, for instance the Sensory Electronic Game which includes a board having a number of defined positions each provided with an isotropic field sensor such as a reed switch which has open and closed positions depending upon the presence or absence of a magnetic field, and two sets of playing pieces [8], the Thin Membrane Sensor Board as mentioned by Mike Watters [9], and the Configurable computer input device [10].

Associated People


Professional programmers associated with SciSys and Saitek computers:

Author List of computers [11]
Craig Barnes Barnes, Craig
David Broughton Broughton, David
Kaare Danielsen Danielsen, Kaare
Mike Johnson Johnson, Mike
Julio Kaplan Kaplan, Julio
Johan de Koning De Koning, Johan
Frans Morsch Morsch, Frans
Dan Spracklen Spracklen, Dan & Kathe
Kathe Spracklen Spracklen, Dan & Kathe
Mark Taylor Taylor, Mark

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