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Companies in the history of computing

This index is a reflection of the companies that are mentioned in the timeline and is under construction please mail suggestions or material to the editors


Company name and specialty

3M United Kingdom Ltd

Aardvark Business Computers Ltd


Action Communication Systems Inc.

ActiVision - developer/publisher of entertainment software

Amdahl Corporation


Advanced Micro Devices (UK) Ltd

Adobe Systems, Inc - software developer, co-creator of desktop publishing

Apple - Apple Computer Inc. first company to offer a gui interface to the general public

Apricot Computers plc (UK)

Aston Electronic Developments Ltd

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Atari - game consoles

ATT - company that invented the transistor

BCI - telecommunications provider


Benson Electronics Ltd

Broderbund - producer of entertainment and education software




Centronics Data Computer (UK) Ltd

Cherry Electrical Products Corp

Coleco - toy maker and video game producer

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Commodore International - manufacturer of electronic products and the C64!

Compaq Computer Corporation - manufacturer of personal computers.

Control Data Corporation,

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Cray, manufacturer of super computers

Data General Corporation - manufacturer of the first mini in 1968


Datapoint Corporation - advanced pioneering in data terminals

Digital Equipment Corporation - computer manufacturer

Disney Interactive - educational/entertainment software designer and distributor

Electronic Arts -  publisher/distributor of entertainment software

Epson - manufacturer of many innovations on computing peripherals and computers


Evans & Sutherland - computer graphics

Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation; manufacturer of first mass produced chip



Friden Company

  Google, founded in 1998, a company that developed the first commercial search engine for the internet

Halcyon International

Hewlett Packard, now incorporates former Compaq and Digital

Hitachi World leading manufacturer in hard disks


IBM - one of the first companies to produce the PC in mass


Industrial Light and Magic - developer of cinematic special effects


Interplay - publisher of entertainment, educational, and game software


Logica - a large European IT firm delivering support systems to governments and public organizations

LucasArts - designs and distributes computer video games and educational software

Maxis, Inc. - developer of entertainment software

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Microsoft, one of the world's largest software manufacturers
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Eckert & Mauchley Computer Corporation; possibly the worlds first company that started designing general purpose computers; UNIVAC was their first production type.


MITS - one of the first companies to offer personal computer kits based on Intel CPU

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Monroe Calculator Company, electrical calculators

Motorola Semiconductor Products

Nashua Corporation

NCR - manufacturer of digital equipment , national cash registers



Netscape - developer internet browser

Nixdorf Computers

Novell inc., as the company that developed PC-networks. It also is the company that developed the first common-used Directorysystem for PC-networks and is working on connectivity for several computerstandards.


Olympia International

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Prime Computers

Quantum Corp - manufacturer of digital storage products

Quark - developer of communication and publishing software

Rank Xerox - computer research and development center P.A.R.C.; manufacturer of copier machines

Rockwell International

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RoInfo, an IT consultancy firm sponsoring the History of Computing Foundation since 1989.
(from our editor in chief: When the company's owner retired the support for our organization ended. Thank you RoInfo for all these years of generous support.

Scientific Micro Systems

Silicon Graphics - manufacturer of high-end computers

SRI International (formerly the Stanford Research Institute); a nonprofit research institute founded at Stanford University in 1946 and independent since 1970. Many key innovations stemmed from this institution: mouse, arpanet, shakey the robot.

Sony - manufacturer of electronic products


South Western Technical Products; made the SWTPc6800 kit

Sperry Rand (UNIVAC)

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Sun Microsystems; manufacturer of high performance workstations and servers

Tektronix UK Ltd

Texas Instruments

Timex/Sinclair - manufacturer of watches and miniature computers

Underwood Corporation

Univac ( later Sperry Rand )

Virgin Interactive Entertainment - designs, publishes, and distributes video games and multi-media software


Wang Laboratories - one of the first companies to work with ferrite (magnetic) memory, pioneered in office automation and were for their time too far ahead with some of their concepts of paperless offices.

Xerox - see Rank Xerox

Zilog Ltd

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