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History of Fujitsu 1980-1991
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.
- 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
- Number of telephone subscribers exceeds 40 million in Japan
- 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
- MCI project (135 Mbps fiber optical system) is opened to traffic
- 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
- Deregulation of Japanese telecommunication market
- U.S. based AT&T is split up
- 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 in Japan
- Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation privatized
- Science World Expo, Tsukuba '85 in Japan
- Japan longitudinal fiber-optic system completed
- Exhibits at Science World Expo, Tsukuba"FUJITSU Pavilion"
- Delivers 405M optical transmission system for New York-to-Washington MAFOS project
- Launches FENICS Value Added Network (VAN) service
Tsukuba "FUJITSU Pavilion"
- Launches world's first commercial ISDN service, running on Fujitsu FETEX-150 digital switching system in Singapore
- Berlin Wall falls in Germany
- Adopts new corporate logo
- Unveils FM TOWNS 32-bit"hyper-media" personal computer
- Iraqi troops invade Kuwait
- German reunification
- Takes 80% stake in UK-based International Computers Limited (ICL)
- Releases M-1800, the world's fastest ultra-large general-purpose computer
- Launches DS/90 7000 Series UNIX 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.