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History of Fujitsu 1970-1979

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A Wave of International Standardization (1970-1979)

The history of technology is also a history of standardization. Even if manufacturers build products to their own standards, if a product becomes a de facto standard, other manufacturers will try to make products compatible with it. Computers were no exception, and Fujitsu was at a cross road in its road to growth.


Historical Events

  • Osaka Expo

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Fujitsu Information Processing System Laboratory construction completes.


Historical Events

  • Dollar Shock

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Invests in Amdahl Corporation (U.S.)
  • Delivers D10 analog electronic switching system
  • Starts commercial production of Model 600 push-button telephone
  • World's first practical application of"self-holding reed" switches
  • Fujitsu and Hitachi corporation started for development of next generation computer series.


Historical Events

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Establishes Japan America Institute of Management Science (JAIMS) in Hawaii with the aim of developing business leaders
  • FUJITSU FANUC LTD is established. (current FANUC Corporation)
  • Develops Japan's largest pollution monitoring system implemented in Kawasaki city


Historical Events

  • Japan changes to flexible exchange rate system
  • First Oil Shock

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Delivers world's first Single Channel Per Carrier(SCPC) satellite communications system (a data line between the U.S. and Spain)


Historical Events

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Introduces FACOM M series of mainframe computers

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Historical Events

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Delivers Amdahl Corporation's 470 V/6 mainframe computer to NASA
  • Exports Japan's first submarine coaxial cable system (210km between West Germany and Sweden)

Submarine coaxial cable system between West Germany and Sweden

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Historical Events

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Lists stock on Frankfurt Stock Exchange
  • Opens Numazu plant for production of large-scale computers
  • Ships first IBM compatible FACOM M Series computer

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Historical Events

  • Japanese baseball player Sadaharu Oh hits 756th home run (world record)

Fujitsu Milestones

  • FACOM230-75 APU, Japan's first supercomputer, developed


Historical Events

  • Second Oil Shock
  • Narita International Airport in Japan opens

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Concludes Joint-venture agreement with Siemens AG in computing products field
  • Receives order from Satellite Business Systems (U.S.) for world's first satellite communications burst modem
  • Commercializes world's first 64-Kbit RAM (dual power supply)

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Historical Events

  • Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation completes nationwide direct dial telephone network in Japan

Fujitsu Milestones

  • Participates in Bell Labs' commercial viability tests of American-type cellular handsets
  • Announces Japanese Processing Extended Features (JEF), making it possible to process Japanese kanji characters

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Product MilestoneProduct milestones
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.