Computer History - 1981
Major computer events in 1981
On August 12, 1981 IBM joins the computer race when it introduces the IBM 5150 PC. The computer used the 4.77-MHz Intel 8088 processor, 16 kB base memory, and the PC-DOS operating system with a starting price of $1,565.
MS-DOS 1.0 was released August, 1981.
Other computer events in 1981
Satya Pal Asija receives the first U.S. patent for a computer software program May 26, 1981.
VHDL is proposed and begins development.
Jeff Dailey, a 19-year old becomes the first person to die from computer gaming after dying from a heart attack after posting a score of 16,660 on Berzerk.
New computer products and services introduced in 1981
IBM introduced its first personal computer called the IBM PC in 1981.The computer was code named and still sometimes referred to as the Acorn. THe IBM PC had a 8088 processor, 16 KB of memory, which was expandable to 256 and utilized MS-DOS.
With its new computers IBM also introduces the "planner board" that laters becomes what we know today as the motherboard.
Kermit is developed at the Columbia University in New York
Adam Osborne introduces the Osborne I, the first successful portable computer, which weighs 25 pounds.
Computer companies founded in 1981
Creative Technology is founded July 1, 1981.
Diskeeper is founded on July 22, 1981.
Adaptec is founded.
APC is founded.
BITNET is founded.
CTX is established.
DFI is founded.
Gemlight is founded.
Kensington is founded.
Logitech is founded in Apples, Switzerland.
Longshine Technology is founded.
Progress Software is founded.
STB Systems is founded.
SuperSpeed is founded.
Virgin Interactive is founded.
Weitek is founded.
WYSE is founded.
Computer company events in 1981
Computer pioneers born in 1981
Cali Lewis is born January 25, 1981
Johnathan Wendel is born February 26, 1981
Jake Lodwick is born July 25, 1981
Barrett Brown is born August 14, 1981
Jolie O’dell is born September 16, 1981.
MG Siegler is born November 2, 1981
Albert Gonzalez is born in 1981
Chad Davis is born in 1981