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Computing: Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM)
See also Parts Houses, and also see Testing & Specialty Tools. This present page is
more concerned with off-the-shelf turnkey systems or self-contained
components, such as computers, calculators, printers, etc.
Personal Digital Assistants and Palmtops
See also The Beltcom Page
Personal Computer and Workstation
- Hewlett-Packard. One of the driving
forces behind all sorts of technical innovations, particularly in
- International Business
Machines (IBM) makes a vast array of products in the personal computer
- Texas Instruments. Right up there with
Hewlett-Packard in the forefront of the digital revolution. They made some
of the first affordable calculators and digital wristwatches. They nearly
went bust as a result of a premature entry into the personal computer
market. They now, as they say, mostly concentrate on the technology building
blocks and systems that will bring life to the digital revolution.
- Acer. Computers, peripherals and
- Advanced Logic Research (ALR), Inc.
Boy do these guys make some nice computers. Their Quad Pentium Pro 200Mhz
servers are the stuff of geek dreams.
- Compaq. They make very nice
computers, a favorite with corporate America.
- Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC).
They have a very nice line of workstations, the DEC-Alpha, a 64-bit machine.
See also this site.
- Hewlett-Packard. A very fine line of
personal computers, palmtops, and peripherals. Their laser printers are a
benchmark of quality and an industry standard.
- Hitachi Data Systems.
Business Machines (IBM) is an OEM par excellence. This page will
give you some idea of the breadth and scope, the sheer enormity of their
presence in the computing industry.
- Samsung Data Systems.
Korean manufacturing giant. They do make good products, and their monitors
certainly have a great reputation.
- Sun Microsystems. They've
led the way in workstations, inventing the concept, I do believe, and if you
want raw blistering affordable processing power, you can't go wrong with a
Sun Micro product. They invented the JAVA language, among other things, and
between Java, Solaris and their new ULTRASparc workstations, Sun Micro is a
sure bet for being the next blue-chip standard by which others are judged.
- Wang Laboratories, Inc. These are
the guys who invented the word-processor, remember? They had once been
considered to have fallen by the wayside after the introduction of the PC;
their powerful but dedicated-turnkey word-processors didn't have as much
flexibility. But they're back now. Take a look.
Midframes and Mainframes
Storage and Data Warehousing
- Amdahl Corporation. They make
very large computers, corporate mainframes, etc.
- Digital Equipment Corporation
(DEC). They make the VAX as well as larger machines and systems.
- First Solutions, Inc. makes a
nice little line of midframes.
- Hitachi Data Systems. Hitachi is
fairly hugely into massively-parallel systems, midframes, mainframes and
distributed enterprise systems. Compares very favorably to such industry
leaders as IBM and Digital. Take a closer look at their SR Series of scalable RISC
- IBM System 390 Site. Now these
are mainframes. Very serious, very big, very expensive. More poewr than
anyone except a corporation needs. Very much business-oriented.
- Sun Microsystems. Sun Micro
continues to blur the line between micro/workstation and midframe computer.
- Tandem. They make some very nice
midframe and scalable-systems servers, especially useful for database and
data warehousing needs.
- Xerox Palo Alto Research
Center (PARC) Project pages. PARC, by the way, probably has more
brainpower floating around than you ever imagined could work for a copier
company. but unknown to many, Xerox has consistently led the way in the
computing industry. What, you maybe thought that their
intelligent copiers were purely mechanical? In particular, see their LiveWorks subdivision.
- Symbios Logic has a fairly amazing
- Go to the Computing MetaIndex Page.
- Visit the Earth Operations Central District Office.
- Go back to the main EarthOps Homepage.