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History of Fujitsu 1950-1958
The Dawn of Fujitsu's Computer Business (1950-1958)
Fujitsu's FACOM100 was Japan's first relay-type automated 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.
- Begins commercial production of Type 4 telephone set (monthly production reaches 5000 units)
Type 4 telephone set
- Commercial broadcasting begins in Japan
- Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation is established
- Resumes technical cooperation with Siemens
Signing agreement with Siemens AG
- Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) begins television broadcasts
- Restarts manufacture of radio communications equipment
- 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 computer, the FACOM100
- Japan's rapid economic growth period begins
- Ships FACOM128A scientific computer (the Fujitsu's first commercial computer)
- Soviet Union successfully launches world's first satellite, Sputnik 1
- Delivers Fujitsu's first multiplex radio device (2GHz / FM) to Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation
- 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
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.