Eric Winkler - Hong Kong Swiss Entrepreneur and founded SciSys-W Ltd. in 1979

Eric Winkler, CEO

Hong Kong Swiss Entrepreneur and founded SciSys-W Ltd. in 1979

This is an official portrait issued by Ryder Industries

 

After leaving Novag, Eric Winkler formed SciSys in 1978. All the SciSys computers continued to be manufactured in Hong Kong. For a short period of time both Novag and SciSys seemed to sell the same computers. This was probably due to an agreement they both reached about the jointly developed computers prior to Erich leaving Novag. An example of this is the Chess Champion Super System III which in 1979 was sold under both the Novag and SciSys names.

The Chess Partner 2000 released in late 1980 seems to be the first chess computer launched by SciSys that is completely different and a complete split from Novag.

In 1983 SciSys signed an agreement with Gary Kasparov to endorse their products. This enabled SciSys to establish the Kasparov brand name on their chess computers.

 

GARRY KASPAROV PLAYING A SCISYS CHESS COMPUTER

GARRY KASPAROV PLAYING A SCISYS CHESS COMPUTER

Picture taken from a SciSys Product Leaflet.

 

SciSys later diversified into other intelligent games and electronics which resulted in the name change to Saitek in 1987.

Saitek aquired Europe’s largest chess computer manufacturer Hegener + Glaser in 1994 which resulted in Eric relocating to Munich, Germany to oversee the integration of the two companies.  Two years later Eric moved to the UK to establish the PC Peripherals operation.

Eric remained CEO of the Group until 2007 when the Saitek branded products division was sold complete with its Saitek, Cyborg, Eclipse and Kasparov brands.

Ryder Industries became the new name of the manufacturing division.

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501 - 1981

400 - 1981

Champion Mark V

Champion Super System IV

SciSys Model 501 Chess Champion Mark V (1981) Electronic Chess Computer
SciSys Model 400 Chess Champion Super System IV (1981) Electronic Chess Computer

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Table Top

204 - 1983

Chess Companion II

SciSys Model 204 Chess Companion II (1983) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top

410 - 1985

Astral

SciSys Model 410 Astral (1985) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top

1982

Champion Mark VI

SciSys Chess Champion Mark VI (1982) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top

1980

141 - 1983

Chess Partner 2000

Chess Partner 4000

SciSys Chess Partner 2000 (1980) Electronic Chess Computer
SciSys Model 141 Chess Partner 4000 (1983) Electronic Chess Computer

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151 - 1984

Chess Partner 5000

SciSys Model 151 Chess Partner 5000 (1984) Electronic Chess Computer

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206 - 1986

Chess Companion III

SciSys Model 206 Chess Companion III (1986) Electronic Chess Computer

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131 - 1983

Chess Partner 3000

SciSys Model 131 Chess Partner 3000 (1983) Electronic Chess Computer

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KASPAROV CHESS COMPUTERS - KASPAROV brand logo used for many SciSys chess computers.

KASPAROV CHESS COMPUTERS

KASPAROV brand logo used for many SciSys chess computers.. Picture taken from SciSys product catalog.

4000 - 1980

Chess Traveler

SciSys Model 4000 Chess Traveler (1980) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel

125 - 1985

Courier V

SciSys Model 125 Courier V (1985) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel

211A - 1981

Executive Chess

SciSys Model 211A Executive Chess (1981) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel

123 - 1983

Explorer

SciSys Model 123 Explorer (1983) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel

161 - 1984

Chess Partner 6000

SciSys Model 161 Chess Partner 6000 (1984) Electronic Chess Computer

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144 - 1985

Express 16K

SciSys Model 144 Express 16K (1985) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel

112A - 1981

Graduate Chess

SciSys Model 112A Graduate Chess (1981) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel

201A - 1982

Intercontinental Traveler

SciSys Model 201A Intercontinental Traveler (1982) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel

101 - 1981

Junior Chess

SciSys Model 101 Junior Chess (1981) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel

1980

Intelligent Chess

SciSys Intelligent Chess (1980) Electronic Chess Computer

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A Hand Held Computers Specification Chart - Picture taken from a SciSys Product leaflet

A Hand Held Computers Specification Chart.

Picture taken from a SciSys Product leaflet.

112 - 1981

Junior Chess

SciSys Model 112 Junior Chess (1981) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel

1981

Mini Chess

SciSys Mini Chess (1981) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel

112 - 1981

Mini Chess Kwai

SciSys Model 112 Mini Chess Kwai (1981) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel

1984

MK 8

SciSys MK 8 (1984) Electronic Chess Computer

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162 - 1984

MK 10

SciSys MK 10 (1984) Electronic Chess Computer

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164 - 1986

MK 12

SciSys Model 164 MK 12 (1986) Electronic Chess Computer

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204A - 1984

Olympiade

SciSys Model 204A Olympiade (1984) Electronic Chess Computer

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128 - 1986

Plus

SciSys Model 128 Plus (1986) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel

129 - 1987

Plus

SciSys Model 129 Plus (1987) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel

114 - 1986

Pocket Chess

SciSys Model 114 Pocket Chess (1986) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel

GARRY KASPAROV endorsement picture for SciSys Chess Computers.- Picture taken from a SciSys Product Leaflet.

GARRY KASPAROV endorsement picture for SciSys Chess Computers.

Picture taken from a SciSys Product Leaflet.

205 - 1983

Superstar 28K

SciSys Model 205 Superstar 28K (1983) Electronic Chess Computer

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1981

Sensor Chess

SciSys Sensor Chess (1981) Electronic Chess Computer

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130 - 1984

Rapier

SciSys Model 130 Rapier (1984) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top

1987

Stratos

SciSys Stratos (1987) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top

1981

Senator

SciSys Senator (1981) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel

122 - 1983

Travel Mate

SciSys Model 122 Travel Mate (1983) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel

125 - 1986

Travel Mate II

SciSys Model 125 Travel Mate II (1986) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel

121 - 1982

Travel Sensor Chess

SciSys Model 121 Travel Sensor Chess (1982) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel

124 - 1985

Trio

SciSys Model 124 Trio (1985) Electronic Travel Chess Computer

Travel

A Table Top Computers Specification Chart - Picture taken from a SciSys Product leaflet

A Table Top Computers Specification Chart

Picture taken from a SciSys Product leaflet.

280 - 1986

305 - 1985

Turbo S-24K

Turbostar 432 KSO

SciSys Model 280 Turbo S-24K (1986) Electronic Chess Computer
SciSys Model 305 Turbostar 432 KSO (1985) Electronic Chess Computer

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305A - 1986

Turbostar 540 Plus

SciSys Model 305A Turbostar 540 Plus (1986) Electronic Chess Computer

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305 - 1984

Turbostar 432

SciSys Model 305 Turbostar 432 (1984) Electronic Chess Computer

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SciSys Chess computers are the only chess computers endorsed by FIDE, the World Chess Federation.

SciSys Chess computers are the only chess computers endorsed by FIDE, the World Chess Federation.

SciSys Modular Electronic Chess Computer Collection

270 - 1985

Tubo 16K

SciSys Model 270 Tubo 16K (1985) Electronic Chess Computer

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290 - 1984

Superstar 36K

SciSys Model 290 Superstar 36K (1984) Electronic Chess Computer

Table Top

SciSys Sensor Chess Modular Chess Computer Collection

221 - 1981

Sensor Chess

SciSys Model 221 Sensor Chess (1981) Modular Electronic Chess Computer

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221A - 1982

Sensor Chess

SciSys Model 221A Sensor Chess (1982) Modular Electronic Chess Computer

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SciSys Game Modules for Sensor Chess Electronic Chess Computers Collection

222 - 1982

Strong Play

SciSys Model 222 Strong Play Module for Sensor Chess (1982) Modular Electronic Chess Computer

8 Bit Game Module

223 - 1982

Super Classical Style

SciSys Model 223 Super Classical Style Module for Sensor Chess (1982) Modular Electronic Chess Computer

8 Bit Game Module

224 - 1982

Super Hypermodern

8 Bit Game Module

SciSys Model 224 Super Hypermodern Module for Sensor Chess (1982) Modular Electronic Chess Computer
SciSys Leonardo Wooden Modular Chess Computer Collection

1986

Leonardo

SciSys Leonardo (1986) Tournament Size Wooden Modular Electronic Chess Computer

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SciSys Game Module Collection for Leonardo Tournament Size Wooden Electronic Chess Computers

1987

Analyst D 6 MHz

Saitek Analyst D 6 MHz (1987) Game Module for Modular Electronic Chess Computers

8 Bit Module

1992

Brute Force

Saitek Brute Force (1992) Game Module for Modular Electronic Chess Computers

8 Bit Module

1986

Maestro A 4 MHz

SciSys Maestro A 4 MHz (1986) Game Module for Modular Electronic Chess Computers

8 Bit Module

1987

Maestro B 6 MHz

Saitek Maestro B 6 MHz (1987) Game Module for Modular Electronic Chess Computers

8 Bit Module

1989

Maestro D 12 MHz

8 Bit Module

Saitek Maestro D 12 MHz (1989) Game Module for Modular Electronic Chess Computers
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