Computer History - 1982

Updated: 08/08/2017 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1982

Compaq logoCompaq Computer Corp. is founded 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 is introduced February 1, 1982.

Other computer events in 1982

On January 18, 1982 the Time Magazine is 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 creates the world's first compact disc 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.

EmoticonProfessor 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 is implanted into Barney Clark 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.

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 is introduced.

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

SGI introduces the IRIX operaing system.

MS-DOS version 1.25 is released.

5ESS SwitchThe 5ESS switch is first deployed in Seneca, Illinois on March 25, 1982.

Sony begins selling the first Audio CD players October 1, 1982.

The XT bus is introduced.

AutoCAD is introduced in December 1982.

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

The Vectrex is a video game console is released.

Computer companies founded in 1982

Sun is incorporated in February 1982, with four employees.

Electronic Arts (EA) is founded May 28, 1982.

Adobe is founded.

Autodesk is established.

BTC is founded.

Diamond Multimedia is founded.

ENSONIQ is founded.

Hercules is founded.

Labtec is founded.

Lotus Development Corporation is founded.

LucasArts is founded.

Maxtor is founded.

MicroProse founded.

MidWest Micro is founded.

Number Nine is founded.

Orchid Technology is founded.

SGI is founded.

Sigma Designs is founded.

Signal Technology is founded.

SyQuest Technology is founded.

Symantec is founded.

Computer company events in 1982

AT&T agrees 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.

Kyoto Ceramic Company changes its name to Kyocera.

Computer related movies released in 1982

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

The movie Blade Runner is released June 25, 1982.

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

Computer pioneers born in 1982

Ben SilbermannBen Silbermann is born in 1982

Ryan Block is born June 25, 1982

Anand Shimpi is born June 26, 1982

Veronica Belmont is born July 21, 1982.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1982

Haskell Curry passes away September 1, 1982 (Age: 81)

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