Weitek was a microprocessor design and manufacturing company that was founded in 1981. The company was known for its high-performance floating-point microprocessors, which were used in a wide range of applications, including scientific computing, engineering, and graphics-intensive applications. Weitek was acquired by Rockwell International in 1993 and the Weitek brand was subsequently discontinued.
Weitek was founded in 1981 by a group of former Intel employees who had worked on the design of the 8087 math coprocessor. The company was headquartered in Santa Clara, California.
Weitek's initial focus was on designing and manufacturing high-performance floating-point microprocessors, which were used to accelerate scientific and engineering applications. These microprocessors were known for their high speed and precision, and were used in a variety of applications, including computer-aided design (CAD) software, high-resolution graphics, and image processing.
Weitek's first microprocessor, the WTL3170, was introduced in 1984 and was based on the Intel 80386 architecture. The company subsequently introduced several other microprocessors, including the WTL3171 and the WTL3172, which offered even higher performance and were used in a variety of applications, such as supercomputing and weather forecasting.
In 1993, Weitek was acquired by Rockwell International, a technology and engineering company based in the United States. The Weitek brand was subsequently discontinued and the company's microprocessors were integrated into Rockwell's product line.