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They reached the peak of their success in the 1980s, with their [[VAX]] line. However, they were unable to successfully adapt to the rise of personal computers, which turned computers into commodities, and were bought by [[Compaq]] in 1998.
 
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* Edgar H. Schein, ''DEC is Dead, Long Live DEC'', Berett-Koehler, San Francisco, 2003
 
* Edgar H. Schein, ''DEC is Dead, Long Live DEC'', Berett-Koehler, San Francisco, 2003
 
* Clayton M. Christensen, ''The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail'', Harvard Business School, Boston, 1997 - Briefly discusses DEC's inability to adapt to the world with personal computers
 
* Clayton M. Christensen, ''The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail'', Harvard Business School, Boston, 1997 - Briefly discusses DEC's inability to adapt to the world with personal computers
* Jamie Parker Pearson, [http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/gbell/digital/Digital%20at%20work%201992.pdf ''Digital at Work: Snapshots from the First Thirty-Five Years''], Digital, Burlington, 1992
 
 
* Alan R. Earls, ''Digital Equipment Corporation (Images of America)'', Arcadia, Charleston, 2004 - Mostly covers the early years
 
* Alan R. Earls, ''Digital Equipment Corporation (Images of America)'', Arcadia, Charleston, 2004 - Mostly covers the early years
* C. Gordon Bell, J. Craig Mudge, John. E. McNamara, ''Computer Engineering: A DEC View of Hardware Systems Design'', Digital Press, Bedford, 1978
 
  
 
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* [https://www.computerhistory.org/pdp-1/_media/pdf/dec.digital_1957_to_the_present_(1978).1957-1978.102630349.pdf Digital Equipment Corporation - Nineteen Fifty-Seven To the Present], 1972-78 - Thumbnail entries, but good coverage
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* Jamie Parker Pearson, [http://gordonbell.azurewebsites.net/digital/digital%20at%20work%201992.pdf ''Digital at Work: Snapshots from the First Thirty-Five Years''], Digital, Burlington, 1992
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* C. Gordon Bell, J. Craig Mudge, John. E. McNamara, [http://gordonbell.azurewebsites.net/Computer_Engineering/contents.html Computer Engineering: A DEC View of Hardware Systems Design], Digital Press, Bedford, 1978
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* [https://gordonbell.azurewebsites.net/Digital/DECMuseum.htm Gordon Bell's CyberMuseum for Digital Equipment Corp]
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** [https://gordonbell.azurewebsites.net/Digital/timeline/dechistory.htm Digital 41 Year History CD]
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** [https://gordonbell.azurewebsites.net/CGB%20Files/DEC_Is_Dead_Bell_Appendix_Schein_Book.pdf Appendix for Edgar H. Schein “DEC is Dead, Long Live DEC”] - An interesting take on where/how DEC went wrong
 
* [http://www.decconnection.org/digitalstechnology.htm Digital's Technology Heritage]
 
* [http://www.decconnection.org/digitalstechnology.htm Digital's Technology Heritage]
 
* [http://www.avanthar.com/healyzh/decemulation/decemu.html The DEC Emulation Website]
 
* [http://www.avanthar.com/healyzh/decemulation/decemu.html The DEC Emulation Website]
  
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Latest revision as of 16:07, 24 August 2022

Digital Equipment Corporation, or DEC, was a large computer company (at one time, the second-largest in the world after IBM). They made minicomputers, their signature product (and the one that led to their success), for a period, the most popular kind of computers in the world. Their product range eventually extended from small mainframes to personal computers.

It was started in 1957, in an old wool mill in Maynard, Massachusetts. The original product line was modules, System Modules. Once those were established, they started producing computers using them.

They reached the peak of their success in the 1980s, with their VAX line. However, they were unable to successfully adapt to the rise of personal computers, which turned computers into commodities, and were bought by Compaq in 1998.

See also

Further reading

  • Glenn Rifkin, George Harrar, The Ultimate Entrepreneur: The Story of Ken Olsen and Digital Equipment Corporation, Contemporary, Chicago, 1988 - The best general history of DEC, but stops at 1987
  • Edgar H. Schein, DEC is Dead, Long Live DEC, Berett-Koehler, San Francisco, 2003
  • Clayton M. Christensen, The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail, Harvard Business School, Boston, 1997 - Briefly discusses DEC's inability to adapt to the world with personal computers
  • Alan R. Earls, Digital Equipment Corporation (Images of America), Arcadia, Charleston, 2004 - Mostly covers the early years

External links