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Griffin Technology

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Griffin Technology
File:Griffin Logo Primary RGB.jpg
IndustryConsumer electronics
Founded 📆1992
Founder 👔
Headquarters 🏙️Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Area served 🗺️
Key people
Paul Griffin, Founder
Van Thompson, Co-Founder
Products 📟 iPhone and smartphone cases, phone chargers, cables, loudspeakers, iPod accessories, smartphone accessories, computer hardware
Revenue🤑 Unknown
Number of employees
🌐 Websitewww.griffintechnology.com
📇 Address
📞 telephone

Griffin Technology is a privately held U.S. company founded in Nashville, Tennessee in 1992 by Paul Griffin. The company designs and manufactures computer peripherals, consumer electronics, and accessories for smartphones and mobile devices. The company's first products were primarily video adapters, in particular those to enable the connection of DB-15 based Macintosh computers to the more popular VGA based monitors of the time. June 1998 marked Griffin's entry into USB based computer peripherals with the introduction of the iMate, a device that allowed the use of Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) based devices with the newer, and increasingly more common, Universal Serial Bus (USB). Griffin introduced additional USB devices, such as iMic and PowerMate, over the next two years, and continued to enjoy moderate growth during this period.

Griffin was one of the first 3rd-party vendors to produce peripherals for Apple's iPod. One year after iPod came out, at MacWorld San Francisco 2003, Griffin introduced iTrip. iTrip is an FM transmitter that allows iPod owners to transmit audio from an iPod to a nearby FM receiver.

The company experienced rapid growth fueled by the success of its iPod accessories, especially the iTrip. As evidence, the number of people employed by Griffin Technology increased four-fold between 2003 and 2007. This growth allowed the company to take on more ambitious projects such as the Evolve wireless speaker system, and to diversify the product line to include accessories for iPod competitors such as Microsoft's Zune, and SanDisk's Sansa.

At present, the company's accessories line-up includes those for Apple's iOS devices, as well as popular smartphones, tablets, and handheld devices from Google, Amazon, Samsung, HTC, and Motorola. Products range from protective cases for these devices, to consumer electronics and accessories for audio performance and playback, and products for retail and healthcare markets.

The PowerMate is a popular product from Griffin

In 2014, Griffin became one of the first Nashville companies to become a naming partner at a career academy of a local high school. The Griffin Academy of Design and Technology is located at Hunters Lane High School of Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.[1]

Selected products[edit]

  • iTrip FM transmitter
  • iMic external audio in/out peripheral for computing devices
  • PowerMate programmable control knob
  • Survivor Cases Mil-Spec protective cases for mobile devices
  • Moto TC and Helo TC app-controlled model cars and helicopters
  • WoodTones stereo headphones with wooden speaker enclosures
  • MyPhones protective volume-limiting headphones for children
  • PowerBlock and PowerJolt AC and DC chargers
  • Woogie plush-toy protective play-cases for mobile devices
  • Olli handheld card and barcode scanner for healthcare and point-of-sale applications of iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation)
  • Proxi hotkey utility

External links[edit]


  1. Capps, Milt (18 August 2014). "Griffin Technology commits $200K in time, talent for Academy of Design and Technology". Venture Nashville Connections. Milt Capps. Precision Content Group. Retrieved 18 August 2014.

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