Computer history - 1982

Updated: 06/30/2019 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1982

Compaq logo

Compaq Computer Corp. was founded in 1982 by Rod Canion and other Texas Instruments Incorporated engineers. Compaq is the first company to introduce a clone of the IBM PC (the Compaq Portable in 1983) and become IBMs biggest challenger in the corporate market.

The Intel 80286 was introduced on February 1, 1982.

Other computer events in 1982

On January 18, 1982, the Time Magazine was released with its first cover dedicated to video games with the title "Video Games Are Blitzing the World."

The field of quantum computing is introduced by Richard Feynman.

DEC releases the Rainbow 100.

Peter Norton creates Norton Utilities.

Sony releases its first Trinitron monitor.

A Philips factory in Germany created the world's first compact disc on August 17, 1982.

Jack Kilby is inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Microsoft establishes a subsidiary in England to begin foreign sales efforts.

The HX-20 becomes the first notebook-sized portable computer is introduced by Epson.

Apple Computer is the first personal computer manufacturer to hit the $1 billion mark for annual sales.


Professor Scott Fahlman creates a post on bulletin board mention the idea of using a series of characters to represent a smiley face and frown face that later became known as emoticons.

Rich Skrenta, a 15-year old high school student creates the first known computer virus known as The Elk Cloner.

The first permanent artificial heart was implanted into Barney Clark on December 2, 1982.

New computer products and services introduced in 1982

Microsoft releases FORTRAN for the PC COBOL for MS-DOS and Multiplan for the Apple II and CP/M machines.

Hayes releases the Smartmodem 1200, a modem with transfer rates of 1,200 bits per second.

WordPerfect Corporation introduces WordPerfect 1.0 a word processing program that will become one of the computer markets most popular word processing program.

The first luggable computer was introduced.

The Commodore 64 an 8-bit computer with 64 kilobytes of memory and Commodore BASIC begins to be sold.

SGI introduces the IRIX operating system.

MS-DOS version 1.25 was released in 1982.

5ESS Switch

The 5ESS switch was first deployed in Seneca, Illinois on March 25, 1982.

Sony began selling the first audio CD players on October 1, 1982.

The XT bus was introduced in 1982.

AutoCAD was introduced in December 1982.

The QNX real-time operating system is released for the 8088 processor.

The Vectrex video game console was released in 1982.

Computer companies founded in 1982

Sun was incorporated in February 1982, with four employees.

EA (Electronic Arts) was founded on May 28, 1982.

Adobe was founded in 1982.

Autodesk was established in 1982.

BTC was founded in 1982.

Diamond Multimedia was founded in 1982.

ENSONIQ was founded in 1982.

Hercules was founded in 1982.

Labtec was founded in 1982.

Lotus Development Corporation was founded in 1982.

LucasArts was founded in 1982.

Maxtor was founded in 1982.

MicroProse was founded in 1982.

MidWest Micro was founded in 1982.

Number Nine was founded in 1982.

Orchid Technology was founded in 1982.

SGI was founded in 1982.

Sigma Designs was founded in 1982.

Signal Technology was founded in 1982.

SyQuest Technology was founded in 1982.

Symantec was founded in 1982.

Computer company events in 1982

AT&T agreed to divest itself of the Bell operating companies that provided local exchange service in the U.S. government antitrust suit against AT&T that started in 1974.

Expandor, Inc. changes its name to Black Box Corporation in 1982.

Kyoto Ceramic Company changes its name to Kyocera in 1982.

Computer-related movies released in 1982

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was released on June 4, 1982.

The movie Blade Runner was released on June 25, 1982.

Disney released the movie Tron on July 9, 1982, the first movie to use computer-generated special effects.

Computer pioneers born in 1982

Ben Silbermann

Ben Silbermann was born in 1982.

Anthony Casalena was born on April 24, 1982.

Ryan Block was born on June 25, 1982.

Anand Shimpi was born on June 26, 1982.

Veronica Belmont was born on July 21, 1982.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1982

Haskell Curry passed away on September 1, 1982 (Age: 81).

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