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The Dawn of Fujitsu's Computer Business (1950-1958)

Fujitsu's FACOM100 was Japan's first relay-type automated electronic computer. Surrounding the FACOM100 are Toshio Ikeda, the Fujitsu engineer known as"Mr. Computer" in Japanese computer history, and Dr. Hideki Yukawa, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics. Telecommunications equipment was Fujitsu's core business at the time and the FACOM100 used telephone switches.

1950

Historical Events

  • Outbreak of Korean War

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Begins commercial production of Model 4 telephone (monthly production reaches 5000 units)

1951

Historical Events

  • Commercial broadcasting (radio and television) begins in Japan

Fujitsu Milestones


1952

Historical Events

  • Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation is established

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Resumes technical cooperation with Siemens

 Signing agreement with Siemens AG


1953

Historical Events

  • Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) begins television broadcasts

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Begins manufacture of radio communications equipment

1954

Historical Events

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Develops and manufactures VHF band multiplex radio devices
  • Unveils miniaturized M-type carrier device and contributes to Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation-led postwar reconstruction of communications infrastructure
  • Unveils Japan's first relay type, electronic computer, the FACOM 100

1955

Historical Events

  • Japan's rapid economic growth period begins

Fujitsu Milestones


1956

Historical Events

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Delivers first cross-bar type switching system to Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation
  • Ships FACOM128A scientific computer (the company's first commercial computer)

1957

Historical Events

  • Soviet Union successfully launches world's first satellite, Sputnik 1

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Shinko Electric Industries Co., Ltd. becomes part of the Fujitsu Group
  • Delivers company's first multiplex radio device (2GHz / FM) to Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation

1958

Historical Events

  • Tokyo Tower completed

 Tokyo Tower

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Conducts field test of all-transistor switching system installed in Antarctic research ship"Soya"
  • Begins delivery of first transistorized"T-type short-distance" carrier device
  • Develops Japan's first numerically controlled (NC) device, the FANUC201A
  • Opens Japan's first computer showroom in central Tokyo
  • Unveils FACOM200 parametron computer

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Fujitsu has inspired many of the enabling breakthroughs in information and communication technologies over the last century or so. Here you can find out more about the major product and development milestones that shaped company history.