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A Decade of Personalization (1980-1991)

Nowadays, when we think of computers, the first thing that comes to most people's minds is the personal computer. When people originally talked about computers, they usually meant mainframes and other large computers designed for business use. Fujitsu's original focus was also on these large business computers. Things changed, however, with the advent of Microsoft's Windows operating system.

1980

Historical Events

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Becomes largest computer company in Japan
  • Opens Iwate Plant (merges memory chip mass production line from Aizu Plant)
  • Fujitsu Laboratories succeeds in development of High Electron Mobility Transistor (HEMT)
  • Introduces Japanese word processor, OASYS100
 

1981

Historical Events

  • Number of telephone subscribers exceeds 40 million in Japan

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Opens San Diego Plant in California, U.S.A., and begins local production of semiconductors
  • Lists stock on London Stock Exchange
  • Receives orders from Singapore for world's first fully digital electronic switching system, the FETEX-150
  • Delivers Fujitsu's first optical submarine repeater to Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation
  • Introduces Fujitsu's first personal computer, FM-8
  • Introduces Fujitsu's first business-use personal computer, FACOM9450

1982

Historical Events

Fujitsu Milestones

  • MCI project (135 Mbps fiber optical system) is opened to traffic

1983

Historical Events

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Lists stock on the Zurich, Basel, and Geneva stock exchanges (merged now as the SWX Swiss Exchange)
  • Introduces world's first CMOS 256 KB EPROM

1984

Historical Events

  • Deregulation of Japanese telecommunication market
  • U.S. based AT&T is split up

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Opens Dallas Plant in U.S.
  • Opens Mie Plant for prototype development and mass production of large-density memories and large-scale gate arrays
  • Opens Wakamatsu Plant for prototype development and mass production of customized LSI products
  • Introduces Corporate Information Network System (COINS)
  • Starts car phone production
  • FACOM K series leads small business computer market

1985

Historical Events

  • Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation privatized
  • Science World Expo, Tsukuba '85 in Japan
  • Japan longitudinal fiber-optic system completed

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Exhibits at Science World Expo, Tsukuba"FUJITSU Pavilion"
  • Delivers 450M optical transmission system for New York-to-Washington MAFOS project
  • Launches FENICS Value Added Network (VAN) service

Tsukuba "FUJITSU Pavilion"


1986

Historical Events

Fujitsu Milestones

FACOM 9450Λ


1988

Historical Events

  • Seoul Olympics

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Launches world's first commercial ISDN service, running on Fujitsu FETEX-150 digital switching system in Singapore

1989

Historical Events

  • Berlin Wall falls in Germany

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Adopts new corporate logo
  • Unveils FM-TOWNS 32-bit"hyper-media" personal computer

1990

Historical Events

  • Iraqi troops invade Kuwait
  • German reunification

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Takes 80% stake in UK-based International Computers Limited (ICL)
  • Releases M-1800, the world's fastest ultra-large general-purpose computer

1991

Historical Events

  • Outbreak of the Gulf War

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Launches DS/90 7000 Series UNIX computer

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