Toshiba’s diversified products and services include power, industrial and social infrastructure systems, elevators and escalators, electronic components, semiconductors, hard disk drives (HDD), printers, batteries, lighting, as well as IT solutions such as quantum cryptography which has been in development at Cambridge Research Laboratory, Toshiba Europe, located in the United Kingdom, now being commercialized. It was one of the biggest manufacturers of personal computers, consumer electronics, home appliances, and medical equipment.
Toshiba is responsible for a number of Japanese firsts, including radar (1912), the TAC digital computer (1954), transistor television, color CRTs and microwave oven (1959), color video phone (1971), Japanese word processor (1978), MRI system (1982), laptop personal computer (1986), NAND EEPROM (1991), DVD (1995), the Libretto sub-notebook personal computer (1996) and HD DVD (2005).
(WOWTIMES) Toshiba’s history and achievements
- 1875: Hisashige Tanaka opened a telegraph equipment factory named Shibaura Seisakusho in Shimbashi, Tokyo
- 1890: Hakunetsusha was established. The company manufactured Japan's first electric incandescent light bulbs
- 1896: Tokyo Hakunetsu Dentokyuu Seizo Co., Ltd. Established (renamed Tokyo Electric Company in 1899)
- 1939: Toshiba was founded in 1939 by the merger of Shibaura Seisakusho and Tokyo Denki, new company called Tokyo Shibaura Denki.
- The group expanded rapidly, driven by a combination of organic growth and by acquisitions, buying heavy engineering, and primary industry firms in the 1940s and 1950s. Groups created include Toshiba Music Industries/Toshiba EMI (1960), Toshiba International Corporation (the 1970s) Toshiba Electrical Equipment (1974), Toshiba Chemical (1974), Toshiba Lighting and Technology (1989), Toshiba America Information Systems (1989) and Toshiba Carrier Corporation (1999).
- 1977: The company acquired the Brazilian company Semp (Sociedade Eletromercantil Paulista), subsequently forming Semp Toshiba through the combination of the two companies' South American operations.
- 1978: English official trade name of the company became "Toshiba Corporation"
- 1981: Developed world's first home-use inverter air conditioner
- 2001: Toshiba signed a contract with Orion Electric, one of the world's largest OEM consumer video electronic makers and suppliers, to manufacture and supply finished consumer TV and video products for Toshiba to meet the increasing demand for the North American market
- 2006: Commercialized the world's first HD DVD players and recorders
- 2013: Commercialized world's first Glasses-free 3D medical display
- 2020: Toshiba unveiled its plan to launch quantum cryptography services. The company also announced a number of other technologies waiting for commercialization, including an affordable solid-state Lidar based on silicon photomultiplier, high-capacity hydrogen fuel cells, and a proprietary computer algorithm named Simulated Bifurcation Algorithm that mimics quantum computing, of which it plans to sell access to other parties such as financial institutions, social networking services, etc.
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