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Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
カシオ計算機株式会社
Public
Traded as TYO: 6952
Industry Electronic engineering
Founded 1 June 1957
(Casio Computer Co., Ltd.)
April 1946
(Kashio Seisakujo)[1]
Founders Tadao Kashio, Toshio Kashio
Headquarters Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan[2]
Key people
Kazuo Kashio
(Chairman and CEO)
Kazuhiro Kashio
(President and COO)
Products Watches (includes G-Shock and Wave Ceptor ranges),
Clocks,
Calculators,
Digital cameras,
Electronic musical instruments,
Label printers,
Page printers,
Office computers
Revenue ¥338.4 billion (US$2.836 billion) (2015)
Number of employees
11,592 (2015)
Website world.casio.com

Casio Computer Company, Limited (カシオ計算機株式会社 Kashio Keisanki Kabushiki-gaisha?) is a multinational electronics manufacturing company headquartered in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. Its products include calculators, mobile phones, cameras, musical instruments and watches. It was founded in 1946, and in 1957 released the world's first entirely electric compact calculator.

History

Casio was established in April 1946 by Tadao Kashio, an engineer specializing in fabrication technology. Kashio's first major product was the yubiwa pipe, a finger ring that would hold a cigarette, allowing the wearer to smoke the cigarette down to its nub while also leaving the wearer's hands free. Japan was impoverished immediately following World War II, so cigarettes were valuable, and the invention was a success.

After seeing the electric calculators at the first Business Show in Ginza, Tokyo in 1949, Kashio and his younger brothers (Toshio, Kazuo and Yukio) used their profits from the yubiwa pipe to develop their own calculators. Most of the calculators at that time worked using gears and could be operated by hand using a crank or using a motor (see adding machine). Toshio, Tadao's brother, possessed some knowledge of electronics, and set out to make a calculator using solenoids. The desk-sized calculator was finished in 1954 and was Japan's first electro-mechanical calculator. One of the central and more important innovations of the calculator was its adoption of the 10-key number pad; at that time other calculators were using a "full keypad", which meant that each place in the number (1s, 10s, 100s, etc...) had nine keys. Another distinguishing innovation was the use of a single display window instead of the three display windows (one for each argument and one for the answer) used in other calculators.[1][3]

In 1957 Casio released the Model 14-A, sold for 485,000 yen,[4] the world's first all-electric compact calculator, which was based on relay technology. 1957 also marked the establishment of Casio Computer Co., Ltd.

In the 1980s, its budget electronic instruments and home musical keyboard instruments gained huge popularity. The company also became well known for the wide variety and innovation of its wristwatches. It was one of the earliest manufacturers of quartz watches, both digital and analog. It also began selling calculator watches during this time. It was one of the first manufacturers of watches that could display the time in many different time zones and of watches with temperature, atmospheric-pressure, altitude, and even Global Positioning System displays.

A number of notable digital cameras inventions have been made by Casio, including the QV-10 the first consumer digital camera with an LCD screen on the back[5] (developed by a team led by Hiroyuki Suetaka in 1995), the first consumer 3 megapixel camera, the first true ultra-compact model, and the first digital camera to incorporate ceramic lens technology.

Products

Casio's products include calculators, watches, cash registers, illuminators, digital cameras (Exilim series), film cameras, laptop and sub-notebook computers, mobile phones, electronic keyboards, PDAs (E-Data Bank), electronic dictionaries, digital diaries (early PDAs), electronic games, computer printers, clocks, and portable televisions.

In the 1970s and 80s, Casio was known for its electronic (including scientific) calculators and digital watches. Today, Casio is most commonly known for large, durable watches (Casio Mini – 1972).[5] Especially popular are its dual function (LCD and analog) watches, some of which, including Wave Ceptor and Pro Trek / Pathfinder series, receive radio signals daily from an atomic clock to keep accurate time. The G-Shock range of shock resistant watches, is also popular, with the 1983 G-Shock DW-5600C being highly sought-after by collectors. Casio made a variety of digital watches with in-built games in the 1980s and 90s, which were highly popular.

Casio also makes products for local markets, including a "Prayer Compass" watch designed to help Muslims pray on time and in the right direction.[6]

Calculators

Scientific calculators

Note: This is a list of selected calculators. Figures in parentheses imply approximate year of introduction.

  • Graphing
  • Programming
    • fx-5800P, 3950P, fx-3650P, 50F Plus (2000s)
    • fx-4500PA, 4500P
    • fx-5500LA, 5500L
    • fx-3900PV, 3900P (1990s)
    • fx-4800P
    • fx-3600P (1980s)
    • fx-4000P, 3500P, 3800P, fx-5000F, 50F (late 1980s)
    • FX-850P
    • FX-702P (ca. 1981)
    • FX-603P, FX-602P (1981)
    • fx-180P, 390PV (Program) (early 1980s), fx-180PV,
    • FX-502P, 501P (ca. 1979)
  • Professional
    • fx-FD10 Pro (2014) (Surveying calculator for civil engineering)
  • CLASSWIZ (High-resolution Natural Textbook Display)
    • fx-991EX, 570EX, 350EX, 82EX (early 2015)
    • fx-JP900, JP700, JP500 (late 2014), (Japan only)
  • "Natural V.P.A.M."
  • "Natural Display"
  • V.P.A.M. / S-V.P.A.M. / Two-line, Multi-replay
  • V.P.A.M. (Visually perfect algebraic method)
  • LCD (One-line)
    • fx-65 (True fraction) (mid 1990s)
    • fx-95 (equation) (mid 1990s)
    • fx-991D, 570D, 115D, 100D (early-mid 1990s)
    • fx-82D, 250D, 82LB, 82SUPER, 82SX, 82SOLAR (early 1990s)
    • fx-992V, 992VB, 991V, 115V, 85V; fx-991H, 911H (early 1990s)
    • fx-991N, 911N, 115N, 85N; fx-250C, fx-570C (late 1980s)
    • fx-991M, 115M, 85M; fx-451M,(mid-late 1980s)
    • fx-650M; fx-580; fx-100C, 82C (mid-late 1980s)
    • fx-570, 100, 350, 77 (early-mid 1980s)
    • fx-82, 82B, 82L, fx-58 (early 1980s)
    • fx-2000, 2200, 2500, fx-48(late 1970s)
  • VFD (Digitron) display
    • fx-1, 2, 3 (desk); fx-10 (handheld) (early-mid 1970s), used MSI (medium scale integration)
    • fx-11, 15, 20, 101, 17, 19, 102, 1000, PRO fx-1, PRO-101, (mid-1970s)
    • fx-21, 29, 31, 39, 120, 140 (mid-late 1970s)
    • fx-201P, 202P (Program) (mid 1970s)

Basic calculators

Note: This is a list of selected models.

  • LCD display
    • Desk calculators
      • DS-3TS, DH-160, DV-220, DJ-240D, DJ-120D, MJ-120D, MW-8V (2000s)
    • Pocket calculators
      • JS-140TVS, NJ-120D, SL-1000TW, HL-122TV (2000s)
      • HL-810 (1985)
      • SL-800 (FILM CARD) (1983)
      • LC-78 (MINI-CARD) (1978)
    • Printing calculators
      • HR-100TM, DR-210TM (2000s)
  • VFD (Digitron) / LED display
    • Desktop calculators
      • AL-1000 (1967)
    • Pocket calculators (1970s)
      • CM-601 (MINI)
      • CM-606 (Personal MINI)
      • 101-MR
      • Y-811 (Memory-8R)
      • AL-8 (with fraction input)
      • H-813 (Personal M-1)
      • CQ-1 (with clock function)

Watches

Notable ranges

Musical instruments

  • Electronic Musical Instruments (Casiotone keyboards, Privia, Celviano, etc.)
    • Keyboards
      • CZ-Synthesizer
      • PT-80 (monophonic, eight patches, mid 80s)[7][8]
      • PD-Synthesizer
      • VL 1 Synthesizer
      • ToneBank CT Series
      • LK Series Key Lighting (1997-present)
      • CTK/WK Series Standard (2000-present)
      • CTK/WK Series High-Grade (2003-present)
      • XW Synthesizers (2013)
      • SA Mini Keyboards
    • Other instruments
      • DG-20 electronic guitar (1987)
    • Digital Pianos
      • Privia (2005-present)
      • Privia Pro Stage (2012-present)
      • Celviano (2007-present)
      • Celviano Hybrid/Grand Hybrid (2015)
      • CDP Compact Series (2008-present)

Other

Digital camera

  • QV-Series
  • WQV-Series
  • EX-Series (Exilim)
  • TRYX

PDA/DataBank

  • Cassiopeia
  • PV-Series (Pocket Viewer)
  • SF-Series
  • FX-Series

Electronic dictionary

  • EX-word-Series

Electronic games

  • CG-Series

Data and video projector

  • XJ-S (Super Slim-Projectors)

System products

  • POS systems
  • Portable data terminals

Printing systems

  • CD label printer
  • Label printer

Mobile Phones

  • G'zOne Type-L
  • G'zOne Commando
  • G'zOne CA-201L

Digital diaries (early PDA's: no longer produced)

Game Consoles

Headquarters

  • 6-2, Hon-machi 1-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-8543, Japan

Gallery

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "History". Casio Computer Co., Ltd. Retrieved 30 April 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Corporate." Casio. Retrieved on February 25, 2009
  3. Tadao Kashio Biography: History of Casio Computer Company (2015). Astrum People website. Retrieved 11:04, Aug 26, 2015
  4. Casio desktop calculator by Dentaku Museum.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Review: Casio:History
  6. "PRAYER COMPASS". Retrieved 22 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Casio PT-80". Synthmuseum. Retrieved 7 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Full Review of the Casio PT-80 keyboard". Youtube. Retrieved 7 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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