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Fujitsu Celebrates 75 Years of Innovation: 1935-2010

From telephone switching to cloud computing

Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.

Richardson, TX, September 15, 2010

Fujitsu ( celebrates its 75th anniversary this year – a milestone few other global Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies have reached. Fujitsu, the world’s third-largest IT services provider (1) and the market-leading provider of optical networking solutions in North America (2), has been a fundamental part of some of the IT and telecommunication industry’s most notable breakthroughs and innovations – from the early days of telephone switching in the 1930s, the mainframe and parallel computing generation of the 1970s, the development and deployment of SONET networking in the 1980s, to more recent inventions such as palm vein (biometric) authentication, packet optical networking, and the world’s first 3D Desktop PC.

Today, Fujitsu employs approximately 170,000 people worldwide, is present in 70 countries, reports revenues of ¥4.6 trillion ($50 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010, and ranks #138 in Fortune’s Global 500 list. To date, Fujitsu has filed for more than 94,000 patents and placed 11th on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s list of the Top 50 patent recipients of 2009. Fujitsu builds on this legacy for its clients – delivering end-to-end technology solutions, ranging from cloud computing and managed services to consulting and application integration and connection-oriented Ethernet, as well as telecommunications, server, storage, software, and mobile platform offerings.

Landmarks in Fujitsu History: Communications, Environmental Responsibility, Innovative Solutions
The company’s roots go back to 1923, rebuilding the telecommunications infrastructure in Japan after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 destroyed much of the public infrastructure in the Tokyo metropolitan region. In 1935, Fuji Tsushinki Manufacturing Corporation, which later became Fujitsu Limited, was founded as an offshoot of the communications division of Fuji Electric Co, Ltd.

Fujitsu has grown steadily, engaging in radio communications in the 1950s and 1960s, and data communications in the 1970s. The company entered the U.S. market in 1968 and expanded its presence in 1972 via an investment in Amdahl Corp. Fujitsu introduced its first personal computer in 1981 and its innovations have made the company a leader in the laptop market. In March 1990, in partnership with Fujitsu, the Poqet Computer Corporation (bought by Fujitsu in 1992) began shipping the Poqet PC – the world’s first handheld, one-pound, IBM/PC-XT-compatible computer. Over the years, Fujitsu has produced many tablet PCinnovations and advancements, including the first pen tablet to use an integrated wireless LAN (1993), the first pen tablet computer to use USB ports (1997), and the first tablet PC with an indoor/outdoor display (2003).

Fujitsu brought its telecommunications to North America in 1980, deploying its first fiber optic transmission systems for MCI in 1982. The company was instrumental in developing the SONET standard and implementing the first OC-3, OC-12 and OC-48 SONET rings. Fujitsu innovation led to the development of Multiservice Provisioning Platforms (MSPPs) and Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexers (ROADMs). Today, over 450,000 Fujitsu network elements have been deployed by major carriers across North America, Europe, and Asia. Fujitsu FLASHWAVE® Packet Optical Networking Platforms are carrying the Fujitsu name forward into a new generation of wireline and wireless communications networks, with a clear vision that customers can depend on.

The Fujitsu commitment to environmental responsibility began with designing its 1937 headquarters to be one of the world’s first park-style business campuses. In 1972, the company established environmental control sections for all of its manufacturing plants. In 2007, Fujitsu was the first Silicon Valley company to install hydrogen fuel cell power. In April 2010, Greenpeace ranked Fujitsu #5 in its Cool IT Leaderboard, citing Fujitsu as “the first company to set a credible goal for the overall amount of carbon savings provided to its customers.” Fujitsu is one of the few companies in the world to have an environmental vision that extends to the year 2100.

Key Fujitsu Innovations
1932 – Step-by-Step telephone switching machine
1945 – Fuji-type Model-3 telephone
1954 – FACOM 100 mainframe computer, Japan’s first indigenous commercial office computer
1973 – World’s first Single Channel Per Carrier (SCPC) satellite communications system – data line between the U.S. and Spain
1989 – Color plasma displays
1989 – First digital loop carrier and OC-3 (155.52 Mbps) SONET multiplexer
1992 – First OC-48 (2.488 Gbps) SONET multiplexer
2001 – World’s first mobile computer offering built-in 64 Kbps wireless data transmission
2003 – Palm vein biometric authentication
2007 – First Packet Optical Networking Platform
2010 – World’s first 3D Desktop PC

More Information on Fujitsu History, Innovations and Predictions
History of Fujitsu:

75th-anniversary Portal:

Breakthroughs that made Fujitsu famous:

Tablet PC innovations and advancements:

Interview with Marc Silvester, global Fujitsu chief technology officer (CTO), on his look into the future:

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of ICT-based business solutions for the global marketplace. With approximately 170,000 employees supporting customers in 70 countries, Fujitsu combines a worldwide corps of systems and services experts with highly reliable computing and communications products and advanced microelectronics to deliver added value to customers. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.6 trillion yen (US$50 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010.
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About Fujitsu America

Fujitsu America, Inc., is a leading ICT solutions provider for organizations in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. Fujitsu enables clients to meet their business objectives through integrated offerings including consulting, systems integration, managed services and outsourcing for enterprise applications, data center and field services operations, based on server, software, storage and mobile technologies. Fujitsu provides industry-oriented solutions for manufacturing, retail, healthcare, government, education, financial services and communications sectors. For more information, please visit:

About Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.

Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. is an innovator in Connection-oriented Ethernet and optical transport technologies, and is a market-leading provider of SONET, WDM, and packet optical networking solutions. Fujitsu enables its customers to migrate to fully converged packet optical networks that improve performance and profitability. Over 450,000 Fujitsu network elements have been deployed by all major carriers across North America. Fujitsu maintains a longstanding and highly-regarded position as a market leader by providing best-in-class data networking solutions optimized for Ethernet aggregation, transport and service delivery. For more information, please see:

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Date: September 15, 2010
City: Richardson, TX
Company: Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.,