ZEOS (ZEOS International, Ltd.) was a PC manufacturer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Originally from New Brighton, Minnesota, and founded by Gregory E. Herrick, the company was incorporated in Minnesota in 1981. Prior to manufacturing PCs, the company’s name was NPC Electronics. NPC was a contract assembly company best known for developing a transmitter called Radio Realty. Marketed primarily to real estate brokers, this product allowed potential buyers to listen to and listen to pre-recorded information on a property listing while parked in front of the home. Radio Realty was sold in the early 1980s as NPC began developing, manufacturing and selling PCs under the name ZEOS. The company went public in mid-1985 by self-subscription, and officially changed its name from NPC Electronics to ZEOS International.
The company’s first computer-related product was known as the “PC Speeder”, a device designed to increase the clock speed (and hence the performance) of the 8086 processor. The company then began working on engineering a motherboard to modernize the Intel 386 processor that was soon to be installed on its existing 286 platform. The company sold its first PC in November 1987 with its first commercial in Computer Shopper. Rapid growth in sales and growth led ZEOS to become Fortune’s fastest-growing public company in America in 1991. ZEOS has marketed its products primarily through correspondence, but also in partnership with Sam’s Club stores. ZEOS also had two retail outlets, located in Arden Hills and Golden Valley, Minnesota, where refurbished and returned equipment was resold, often at substantial discounts. Following a tradition previously established by CP / M manufacturers such as Kaypro and Morrow Designs, ZEOS combined Lotus 1-2-3 and Ami Pro with its systems, while many competitors still only had demanding operating system software. customers that they buy applications separately. This decision eventually forced ZEOS rivals such as Dell and Gateway 2000 to bundle software with their systems. During the peak of its desktop business, ZEOS sold the 386 and 486 based systems under the ZEOS and Discovery brands, using different model names, including Ambra and Millennium. In the mid-1990s, it sold Pentium-based desktop computers, Pantera, and Freestyle, Meridian, and ColorNote notebooks. ZEOS has also been successful in the notebook category, introducing three 486SX-based notebooks before its rival Dell comes out first. The company also marketed Contenda handhelds (both based on 386SL-, 486SL technology) and ZEOS Pocket PCs (an 8086-compatible handheld, using the NEC V30 processor). The ZEOS 386SX was once on the cover of PC Magazine, ranked in the Editor’s Choice category in its January 30, 1990 issue. The latest generation ZEOS motherboard models were named with a zoological theme. Motherboards based on the first 486 designs have gone through bird classes such as Duck, Goose, Gosling and Martin. Later, the 486 and Pentium motherboards used families of snakes (ie snakes), such as Rattler, Python, Cobra, Coral and Boa.
Among other notable firsts, ZEOS was the first IT company to offer free 24/7 technical support. The company was also the first to take advantage of e-commerce. Subscribers to the Prodigy online service could browse and order ZEOS PCs long before the World Wide Web was sufficiently present. In recent years, the company has been the first to market preconfigured, ready-to-go PCs as part of a “Computers Now” campaign, promising nationwide delivery in less than 24 hours. This initiative has been successfully achieved through direct marketing.
In 1996, ZEOS acquired Micron Computer, Inc., and Micron Custom Manufacturing Services, Inc., two divisions of Micron Technologies based in Boise. The reverse takeover led Micron Technologies to take control of ZEOS. The ZEOS brand was quickly eliminated and the combined company known as Micron Electronics Inc. began trading under the symbol MUEI. The company was sold twice after the original ZEOS / Micron transaction, with the last iteration, MPC Corporation, ceasing operations on December 31, 2008.
Made around 1991-1992 and sold for $ 595, the Zeos Pocket PC was a palmtop that ran on MS-DOS 5.0. The device was also available as Tidalwave PS-1000, Vobis Highscreen Handy Organizer and Peacock Palmtop PC in other countries. It came with Microsoft Works and RacePen. Its dimensions were 4.5 “× 9.7” × 1.0 “and it weighed about. The 640×200 monochrome LCD screen was about 2.75” × 7 “and was not backlit. The keyboard was 9 “wide (compared to 11” for a standard keyboard), the unit had two PCMCIA card slots, as well as a rear serial port and a parallel port that used proprietary mini-connectors and custom cables, supplied with the device, instantly using two standard AA batteries and a lithium backup battery, it was manufactured in Taiwan and sold by mail order.