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The Little Technology that Helped Shape the History of Computers

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Do you know how Fine Ceramics helped shape the history of computers?

Although it's easy to take computers for granted in our daily lives today, this is a new phenomenon. It was only until the 1980s that the concept of personal computers really took hold and started being used in our daily lives. But even before then, mainframe computers that took up a whole room was the norm.

Still, these humble beginnings laid the foundation for the information revolution we all enjoy today. And countless technological breakthroughs in computing-related technologies were instrumental in building the world of personal computing.

One such technology was Fine Ceramics, or "industrial ceramics." In 1966, IBM ordered a batch of alumina ceramic substrates from Kyocera for their System 360 mainframe computer. Although the development was a challenge for Kyocera, which was still a small venture at the time and lacked even appropriate testing capabilities, Kyocera's founder, Kazuo Inamori, led the development team and managed to fulfill the order and helped accelerate the computing revolution. Fine Ceramics offered early mainframe computers various beneficial material properties, such as heat resistance, conductivity, and durability, which were critical to improving the machine's performance. Since this 1966 order of ceramic substrates, Kyocera's ceramic components and semiconductor packaging have continued to support the computing and high-tech industries today in everything from personal computers to smartphones and countless other electronic devices.

So, while computers are at the heart of our daily lives, let's always remember to appreciate and recognize the behind-the-scenes innovations and dedicated work of engineers around the world that make these breakthroughs possible.

As more technologies continue to evolve, allowing for the future to take shape, engineers help society move forward through progress. And, thanks to those engineers, as we continue to make consistent technological progress, there will always be a way to advance society together.