Melco Holdings Inc.
Company typePublic
TYO: 6676
IndustryComputer hardware
Founded1975; 49 years ago (1975) in Japan
FounderMakoto Maki
HeadquartersNagoya, Aichi, Japan
Key people
Makoto Maki (CEO)
RevenueJPY134.547 billion
Number of employees
50 MELCO group related: 824

Melco Holdings Inc. is a family business founded by Makoto Maki in 1975 and is located in Japan. The company's most recognizable brand is Buffalo Inc.

Buffalo Inc. is currently one of the 16 subsidiaries of Melco Holdings Inc., initially founded as an audio equipment manufacturer, the company entered the computer peripheral market in 1981 with an EEPROM writer. The name BUFFALO is derived from one of company's first products, a printer buffer and the name for the American Bison (Buffalo).


Melco's name stands for Maki Engineering Laboratory COmpany.[1]


Melco Holdings Inc. was incorporated in 1986; currently its subsidiaries are involved in the manufacture of random-access memory products, Flash memory products, USB products, CD-ROM/DVD-RW drives, hard disk drives, local area network products, printer buffers, liquid-crystal displays, Microsoft Windows accelerators, personal computer components and CPU accelerators. A subsidiary of Melco provides corporate services in Japan like Internet set-up, computer terminal installation/set-up, computer education and computer maintenance. The company has also started selling solid-state drives in Japan.[2]

Buffalo Technology (USA) is the North American subsidiary of the group and is based in Austin, Texas. The company has been first to market on a number of new technologies.

A Timeline of Firsts

January 1999 – First Wireless Router

December 2002 – First Draft-11g Wi-Fi Products Shipped

November 2003 – First NAS Appliance

January 2005 – First RAID NAS Appliance

April 2006 – First Draft-11n Wi-Fi Products Shipped

November 2009 – First USB 3.0 Storage

January 2012 – First Draft-11ac Wi-Fi Solution Demonstrated at CES

May 2012 – First Draft-11ac Wi-Fi products shipped [3][4]

June 2012 – First Thunderbolt + USB 3.0 Hybrid Device

May 2013 – First DDR Memory Buffer DAS Drive [5]

Corporate Structure

Melco divisions[edit]

  • CFD Sales Inc.
  • Buffalo Technology (Japan)
  • Buffalo Logistics Inc.
  • Buffalo Lease Inc.
  • Buffalo Direct Inc.
  • Melco Personal Support Inc.
  • Buffalo IT Solutions Inc.
  • Liberty Shipping Inc.
  • Buffalo Kokuyo Supply Inc.



In late 2006, the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) won a lawsuit against Buffalo Inc. under which it would receive a royalty for every WLAN product worldwide.[6] The lawsuits basis was that CSIRO was granted US patent 5487069 in 1996, which grants elements of 802.11a/g wireless technology that had become an industry standard.[7] In June 2007, the federal court in Texas granted an injunction to prevent any more wireless products from shipping until a license agreement had been reached.[8] On September 19, 2008, the Federal Circuit ruled in Buffalo's favor and has remanded this case to the district court ruling that the district court's Summary Judgment was insufficient on the merits of obviousness of CSIRO's patent. Therefore, this case will be tried again before the district court. In this connection Buffalo is hopeful that it will shortly be permitted to, once again, sell IEEE 802.11a and 802.11g compliant products in the United States.

See also


  1. ^ Melco Holdings Inc. - Business Report 2007 Archived 2008-07-04 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Buffalo enters the consumer SSD market". March 2012.
  3. ^ "Buffalo First to Market with 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi Router - PC Perspective". 15 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Buffalo Claims Victory in Race to Bring 802.11ac Gear to Retail". 14 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Happy 40th Anniversary, Buffalo Technology!".
  6. ^ Darren Murph, Engadget. "CSIRO wins landmark WLAN lawsuit against Buffalo, more to come?". November 16, 2006.
  7. ^ Darren Murph, Engadget. "CSIRO wins landmark WLAN lawsuit against Buffalo, more to come?". November 16, 2006.
  8. ^ Tim Higgins, TG Daily. "CSIRO shuts down Buffalo WLAN shipments Archived 2007-11-16 at the Wayback Machine. June 20, 2007."