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V1.0 of the VMS operating system ships.

VMS (Virtual Memory System) was developed in parallel with the VAX, allowing complete integration of hardware and software. The overall aim during development was to achieve compatibility between systems so that information and programs could be shared. V1.0 featured FORTRAN IV and DECnet, a 64 megabyte memory limit, an event driven priority scheduler, process swapper, process deletion/creation/control, I/O post processing and AST delivery. At left is the team that delivered V 1.0.

DIGITAL ships the first DECsystem-2020.

The DECsystem-2020 was introduced as "the world's lowest cost mainframe computer system." It was DIGITAL's least expensive and last 36-bit computer system. The system's low cost was made possible by a state-of-the-art packaging technology that allowed the entire system to fit in a single cabinet measuring five feet high by two feet wide by three feet deep. At left is the DECsystem-2020 development team.

The VT100 terminal is introduced.

The VT100 was DIGITAL's first ANSI-compliant video terminal. It became the industry's best selling terminal and the de facto market standard.

Gordon Bell, Craig Mudge and John McNamara publish Computer Engineering: A DEC View of Hardware Systems Design.

In Computer Engineering: A DEC View of Hardware Systems Design, Bell and his co-authors provide a case study of computer design at DIGITAL within the context of prevailing goals and constraints. For the first time, the computer industry was examined from an evolutionary perspective.

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