History of Innovation
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Computers & Software and Industrial Controls

1953
   • Magnetic clutch meter/positioner introduced

1954
   • TI acquires Houston Technical Laboratories (HTL)

1956
Rectilinear strip-chart recorder introduced

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1965
   • Thermal printhead invented

1969
   • Silent 700 terminal introduced; based on thermal printer
   • Series 924 tape transport introduced
   • Printed-wiring board business launched

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1970
   • Printed-wiring board plated-through-hole process developed
   • TI 960A minicomputer introduced

1971
   • Portable version of Silent 700™ introduced; first portable terminal

1972
   • Silent 700™ ASR terminal introduced
   • TI 980A minicomputer introduced
   • Advanced Scientific Computer ordered by government agencies, NOAA, ABMD

1974
   • 5TI line of industrial control products introduced

1975
   • Office of the Future (OOF) development established
   • TI 990/4 minicomputer developed, with TMS9900 processor inside
   • TI 990/10 minicomputer introduced
   • DXS operating system developed for TI minicomputers

1978
   • PASCAL language used for TI computers/microprocessors
   • 820 KSR terminal introduced
   • PM550 Programmable Controller product introduced

1979
   • TI 990/12 minicomputer introduced

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1981
   • TI Business System computer line introduced

1983
   • TI Professional Computer (TIPC) and Personal Productivity Computer debut

1984
   • Explorer artificial intelligence computer introduced
   • Personal Consultant software introduced

1986
   • TI laser printers introduced

1987
   • IEF™ software product introduced

1988
   • TI TravelMate™ notebook computers introduced

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1990
   • TI1500 computer introduced
   • TI 545 Programmable Logic Controller product introduced

1991
   • DMD 2000 Travel Information Printer introduced
   • TI acquires James Martin Associates (JMA) for software business
   • Industrial Controls business sold

1993
   • First TI ink-jet printer produced

1994
   • Composer IEF™ client/server software tools introduced

1997
   • Printer business sold

1998
   • Computers and software businesses sold

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