|Formerly called||Saviso Typewriter Company (1892-1909)|
Main Machine Company (1909-1965)
|Founded||16 May 1892|
|Headquarters||1 Transistor Way,|
Drury North, Gerrise, Gerrise,
Tom McDonald (Chairman)
James Godfrey (CEO)
Main Corporation is a Vodean multinational technology company headquartered in Drury North (part of Transistor Valley), Gerrise, with operations around the world. The company began in 1892 as the Saviso Typewriter Company and was renamed to Main in 1909. Main produces and sells computer hardware and software, is a leader in a number of fields ranging from mainframe technology to cloud computing and nanotechnology, and is also a major research organisation. Main is considered one of the "big four" companies of the Vodean technology industry, alongside Colour, Quick, and Marathon Semiconductor.
Initially a typewriter company, Saviso Typewriter moved into the cash register market in the early 1900s. In the late 1940s, Main entered the computer industry with its first electronic computer, the Main I, and in the latter half of the 20th century became one of the world's largest computer companies. Its GAPAC and System 1 computer families were some of the best-selling computing platforms of the era, and some machines built in the 1960s were still in operation well into the 1980s. In 1977, Main entered the microcomputer market with its 6/80 microcomputer; its success made Main one of the world's largest personal computer companies in the 1980s and 1990s, and today the company remains a major player in the personal computer market.
Main was founded by Savisan businessman Charles Bullworth as the Saviso Typewriter Company on May 16, 1892. The company's success led to its expansion into cash registers in the early 1900s, and then into counting and adding machines around 1910; the company's expansion led it to rename to the Main Machine Company on December 30, 1909. The company gained significant notability when it was chosen to process the Vodean census results in both 1912 and 1917, and by 1920 had established itself as one of the most notable data processing companies outside of western Uletha and the Federal States.
In the mid-1930s, the Liberal government of Ollie King recruited Main to assist in the processing of large volumes of government data as a result of its rapid expansion of the welfare state. The outbreak of the Great War in the early 1940s saw Main involved in the construction of radio and radar equipment, bomb sights, firearms, and with the assistance of Ingerish and Archantan scientists, early mechanical computers. Main was one member of a consortium of companies that produced the Automatic Calculating Machine in 1945, the first electro-mechanical computer of its kind in operation in the Ingerish Commonwealth.
The emergence of computers in the late 1940s attracted Main, who produced their first computer, the Main Analytical Computer Mark I, in 1949, and its successor, the General Analytical Processor and Computer (GAPAC), in 1952; the GAPAC was famously used to predict the results of the 1953 Vodean general election with almost perfect accuracy based on only a small data set. Through the 1950s, Main was able to win several valuable contracts with various governments, including being chosen as the principal computer company for the Ingerish Commonwealth's nascent space programme. By 1960, the company was able to boast achievements ranging from its first hard disk to an early booking system, and in the same year opened its new headquarters in Gerrise to take advantage of the small electronics industry developing there; thanks in part to Main's presence and influence, the area eventually became known as Transistor Valley.
In 1963, Main introduced its System 1 computer family as a replacement to the GAPAC family, which at that stage was suffering from incompatibilities between its different models; the System 1 was instead designed to be run on a variety of computer sizes with full compatibility and to be upgradeable. Further developments of the later System 2 (1969) and System 3 (1975) allowed Main to consolidate its position as one of the world's major computer companies.
The microcomputer industry began to emerge in the early 1970s, and by the middle of the decade was flourishing as companies around the world rushed to capitalise on the developing market. By 1976 the market was large enough for Main's attention, and the company entered into discussions with Marathon Semiconductor, a microprocessor and transistor manufacturer based in nearby the nearby suburb of Fruitvale, and Colour, a small Savisan computer company who had developed their own microcomputer and some software the year before. On October 23, 1977, Main introduced the 6/80 microcomputer, with pricing starting at £189 (equivalent to £342 in 2020) for a computer with 4 KB RAM and one 5¼-inch floppy disk drive. The 6/80 met with limited success in Vodeo owing to a severe economic recession, but was a great success internationally, and established Main as a market leader in the personal computer market. The 6/80 was eventually succeeded by the later 6/90, 6/100, and 6/120, with Main replacing the entire 6/x series with the PC-II family in 1988.
International office locations
|New Ingerland||Latimer Street, South of Market, Kingsbury, CENT||1932|