Our long tradition of introducing efficient, precise products will continue into the future – with the continued development of some of the most advanced micromechantronics capabilities for ultra-fine, high-precision processing.
1970 - 1989
The SAM-D samarium-cobalt rare-earth bonded magnet becomes the progenitor of Epson's (known as Suwa Seikosha Co., Ltd.) magnet business.
The introduction of the complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) integrated circuit that acted as a catalyst for the development of Suwa Seikosha Co., Ltd's semiconductor business.
In 1975, Epson (Son of EP or Electronic Printer) was formally established as the next generation of printers based on the EP-101.
The debut of the Epson EX-1, a dedicated accounting computer billed as the world's smallest office computer.
The SVM 7910 electronic sound-generating device is introduced and is the world's first melody IC. Later used in the Seiko Electronic Melodia, a quartz alarm clock that could produce three types of electronic sounds.
MX-80 serial impact printer is introduced and becomes the "de-facto" industry standard for dot matrix printers.
The world's first hand-held computer, the HX-20, was created and became an astonishing bestseller, with one-quarter of a million units sold.
The first television watch is introduced and is recognized by the 1984 Guinness Book of Records as the world's smallest television.
The SSR-H series of industrial robots is introduced and is widely used for assembling watches and printers, and for packaging semiconductors.
The portable liquid crystal color TV (ET-10) is introduced.
SQ-2000, the first commercial Epson inkjet printer, is released.
Suwa Seikosha Co., Ltd. and Epson Corporation merge to establish Seiko Epson Corporation.
The SG-615 plastic SMD crystal oscillator is introduced and becomes the industry standard.
Epson makes 'CFC Free Declaration' and begins initiatives to eliminate CFCs by the end of FY1993.
The first Epson brand 3LCD projector, the VPJ-700, is introduced - giving the world a new application for liquid crystal displays.
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