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1990 - 1998
MIPS Technologies unveils the R4000 RISC processor architecture.
Intel introduces the 50-MHz 486 microprocessor. Speed is 41 MIPS. This new 486 employs 0.8-micron technology.
Microsoft changes the name of the operating system shared with IBM called OS/2 v3.0 to Windows NT 3.0.
The PCMCIA card specification v2.0 is released. This revision includes standards for modems, LAN cards, mass storage, and other peripherals.
Microsoft and others announce the Multimedia PC (MPC) standard.
Apple Computer, Motorola, and IBM officially sign an accord on technology sharing. Apple and IBM will jointly develop the PowerOpen Specification, based on IBM's AIX operating system.
Apple Computer introduces the Macintosh Classic II (replacing the Macintosh Classic). It features a 16-MHz 68030, System 7.0.1, 2MB RAM, 40MB hard drive, B/W monitor, floppy drive, for US$1899.
IBM and Intel sign a 10-year joint development agreement to create a series of integrated processors.
The Pearl Agency in Germany develops the first software vending machine. The machines allow the buyer to view a demo or product description before purchasing the software on a diskette.
Creative Labs introduces the Sound Blaster Pro Deluxe, the first stereo PC sound card.
Hewlett-Packard introduces its first color image scanner, the HP Scanjet IIc. The 400 dpi 24-bit flatbed scanner is priced at about US$2000.
Microsoft launches its first TV advertising campaign, for Windows.
Intel and Microsoft announce the Advanced Power Management (APM) specification for laptop computers, which allows the system to shut down power to system resources not currently in use.
Advanced Micro Devices begins work on a fifth-generation x86 processor (in the class of Intel's Pentium chip).
Apple Computer introduces the PowerBook 145, replacing the PowerBook 140. It features a backlit supertwist LCD display, 25-MHz 68030 processor, System 7 operating system, 4MB RAM, 40 MB hard drive, and weighs 6.8 pounds. Price is US$2149.
Intel introduces the 66-MHz i486DX2 microprocessor. Speed is 54 MIPS.
Intel introduces the 66-MHz OverDrive chip as a companion to the 486SX/33.
Intel introduces the 486SL processor, designed for notebook computers.
Novell buys Unix Systems Laboratories from AT&T, gaining all rights to the Unix source code, for US$150 million.
Novell purchases Digital Research Inc. for US$80 million.
Creative Labs introduces the Sound Blaster 16, a multimedia stanard.
Pinnacle Micro introduces the first recordable CD-ROM drive, the RCD-202, available only for Apple Macintoshes.
Apple Computer ships the 10 millionth Macintosh computer.
The Software Publishers Association reports that MS-Windows applications are outselling MS-DOS programs for the first time.
Compaq Computer, Intel, Microsoft, and Phoenix Technologies define the Plug and Play specification for PCs.
Microsoft formally launches Windows NT 3.1.
The PCI Special Interest Group completes the version 2.0 specification of the PCI local-bus standard for microcomputers.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency officially launches the Energy Star program. Together with 50 major PC manufacturers, the Energy Star guidelines are designed to reduce idle power use of computer system components.
Apple Computer introduces the Newton MessagePad 100 personal digital assistant at Macworld Expo. It features 640KB RAM, 3MB of ROM storing applications and the operating system (Newton Intelligence), a low-voltage 20-MHz 32-bit ARM 610 microprocessor, 240x336 resolution (85 dpi) 2.8 x 4-inch LCD screen, one PCMCIA Type II expansion socket, data transfer of 9600bps, and runs on four AAA batteries.
Compton's New Media Incorporated receives a patent on multimedia search and retrieval technology, from the U.S. Patent and Trade Office. Compton's New Media then issues a statement claiming that anyone wishing to sell information in a multimedia format must pay them a license fee.
Gateway 2000 introduces the industry's first VESA VL-bus system.
Novell transfers the Unix trademark to the international X/Open standards organization.
Apple Computer introduces the Macintosh Performa line of computers.
Apple Computer discontinues the Apple II line of computers. In 17 years, 5 million units were sold.
Benny S. Lee, of Everex Systems, Inc. is sentenced to one year in prison for manufacturing and selling counterfeit MS-DOS software. This is the first time a prison sentence is handed down for software counterfeiting in the U.S.
The Multimedia PC Marketing Council sets the MPC Level 2 standard, dictating the minumum configuration required of a PC to run MPC-2 class software. The requirements are: a 486 processor, 160MB hard drive, double speed XA-ready multisession-capable CD-ROM drive, 16-bit sound card, and a 16-bit SuperVGA video card capable of 65,000 colors in 640x480 resolution.
Commodore Business Machines stops producing Intel-based personal computers.
Apple Computer introduces QuickTime 2.0, with interactive television, music and full-screen video support
Apple Computer unveils and ships its first computers based on the PowerPC 601 processor, the Power Macintosh 6100/60, 7100/66, and 8100/80. All come with 8MB RAM, Ethernet, CD-quality stereo sound, and on-board video. Prices range from US$2000-4000 for complete systems.
Apple Computer releases MacOS System 7.1 and later in the year, 7.5
Aldus and Adobe Systems announce plans to merge the two companies
Commodore International and Commodore Electronics, components of Commodore Business Machines, file for voluntary liquidation.
Apple Computer delivers the DOS Compatible Card, but discontinues it after just 2 and a half months.
Microsoft is granted a trademark to the name "Windows" for software products.
Borland International sells its Quattro Pro spreadsheet to Novell for about US$140 million.
Digital Equipment Corporation formally introduces its next-generation Alpha AXP processors, including a 300-MHz version that can execute 1 billion instructions per second (1000 MIPS).
The International Telecommunications Union ratifies the 28.8Kbps V.34 modem standard.
WordStar International, Spinnaker Software, and SoftKey Software Products merge companies, forming SoftKey International
Apple Computer ships QuickTime VR. This brings virtual reality to Macintosh and Windows-based personal computers.
Radius Incorporated demonstrates the first Power Macintosh clone, using Apple Computer's licensed System 7 operating system.
IBM releases PC DOS 7.
At an auction in New York, ESCOM buys all rights, properties, and technologies of Commodore.
Microsoft asks Netscape Communications to agree to not develop Netscape Navigator for Windows 95 and successors. Netscape refuses.
Intel introduces the P6 processor, to be called the Pentium Pro.
Intel announces the immediate availability of the 133-MHz Pentium processor. It uses 3.2 million transistors, employing 0.35 micron BiCMOS technology. Speed is 218.9 MIPS. Price is US$935 each.
Apple Computer introduces the first commercial color laser printer, the Color Laser Printer 12/600PS. The 600x600 dpi printer comes with 12 MB of RAM, uses a Canon-based engine, and costs about US$7,000.
U.S. Robotics begins shipping enhanced Courier V.Everything modems capable of transmitting data at up to 33.6Kbps.
Digital Equipment announces its Alpha 21164 processor running at 333-MHz.
Novell announces its decision to exit from the personal productivity applications business, to focus on networking software.
Amiga Technologies ships the A4000T microcomputer. It features a 25-MHz Motorola 68040 microprocessor (or 50-MHz 68060), 2 MB chip RAM, 24-bit color, 4-channel stereo sound, IDE and SCSI II adaptors, 3.5 inch 880KB floppy drive, 1 GB hard drive, and the AmigaOS 3.1 operating system.
Intel announces the Pentium Pro microprocessor at speeds of 150-, 180-, and 200 MHz, available initially for US$974 to US$1682. The processor uses 5.5 million transistors.
Corel purchases WordPerfect, Quattro Pro, and the PerfectOffice application suite from Novell for US$180 million in cash, stock, and future licensing royalties
Intel renames the P7 processor Merced.
Advanced Micro Devices and Intel sign a five-year patent cross-license agreement
Corel releases Corel WordPerfect Suite 7, and Corel Office Professional Suite.
Netscape Communications releases Netscape Navigator 2.02.
Microsoft releases Microsoft Internet Explorer 2.0.
Intel introduces the 200-MHz Pentium processor. Price is US$599.
Digital Equipment ships 366-MHz and 400-MHz versions of its Alpha 21164 microprocessor
Microsoft unveils Windows CE operating system for hand-held PCs. "CE" stands for Consumer Electronics.
Seagate Technology introduces the Cheetah ST19101 9.1 GB, a 10,000 RPM hard disk drive.
Enorex Microsystems introduces the Enorex Ultra PC line of Digital Equipment Alpha processor-based workstations. The systems offer 366-MHz to 500-MHz speeds, and come with Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Workstation. Prices start at US$3000
Microsoft unveils Microsoft Office 97 at Fall Comdex. Prices: standard edition US$499 (upgrade US$209), professional edition US$599 (upgrade US$309)
Microsoft releases a beta test of Windows NT 5.0 at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference
Motorola announces it is leaving the Macintosh market.
The U.S. justice department asks a federal court to hold Microsoft in contempt because it may be forcing PC makers to distribute Internet Explorer as a condition of selling Windows 95. Microsoft is formally charged with violating the terms of the 1995 Final Judgement.
Sun Microsystems takes legal action against Microsoft for shipping Internet Explorer 4.0 with a non-standard implementation of the Java programming language.
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