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Gavilan birth (From an article of Byte Magazine)

Gavilan Computer Corporation of Campbell, California, was founded in February 1982 under the name Cosmos Computer Corporation. The company chosed that name because it beleived it suggested "OS" for Operating System and "CMOS" for the complementary metal-oxyde semiconductor technology around which the company wished to build a portable computer with an advanced operating system. But, to assure better trademark protection in world markets, the company changed its name to Gavilan Computer Corporation in March 1983.

Manny Fernandez, Gavilan's president and chief executive officer, was a former president of Zilog Inc. Gavilan was a private corporation and had obtained substancial capital from a group of venture-capital investors.

John Banning, chief of Gavilan software development team (18 people in 1983) was a former director of software and architecture at Zilog. Working under him was two former Apple programmers, three alumni of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, and others from Hewlett-Packard, Tandem and Tektronics.

John Zepecki, the hardware director was a former vice-president of of systems engineering for Magnuson Computer Systems. The hardware staff included three machanical engineers and four electrical engineers.

Gavilan announced in April 1983 that IMCOSS, a major German company in the computer industry had signed a contract as an OEM of the Gavilan. As well, the same year, Gavilan had signed other major OEM and end-user agreements.

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