Cupertino

Division name: Cupertino


Founded: 1969
Address: 11000 Wolfe Road, Cupertino California

Cupertino Campus Building 40

Description:

In May of 1969, those employees of the Palo Alto Division who were specifically involved in the design and manufacture of computer hardware (2114, 2115 and 2116) moved to the new Cupertino location at the corner of Wolfe and Homestead Roads to establish the Cupertino Division. 350 employees occupied a new 150,000 square foot building. The general manager of the new division was Tom Perkins.

The Systems Division and Palo Alto Division remained at 395 Page Mill Road. The difference between the activities of those two divisions was that the PAD focussed on high-volume packaged products, whereas the Systems Division products required more custom engineering. At this stage, the PAD, Systems Division, Cupertino Division and Mountain View Division (tape drives) were all part of the Data Products Group. In August of 1969, the data acquisition operations of PAD became part of the Systems Division and the Systems Division became part of The Electronic Products Group.

In February of 1971, George Newman replaced Tom Perkins as general manager of the Cupertino Division. Perkins became the Director of Corporate Development, then left the company in December of 1972 to begin making multi-millions in the venture capital world. In 1971, the Cupertino Division introduced the 2100A to replace the 2114/15/16. The 2100A was the industry’s first microprogrammable minicomputer.

In March of 1972, the Mountain View Division merged with the Cupertino Division to form the Data Systems Division under George Newman.


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