While SEA (with CAB500) and Bull (in the small systems department) had approached many aspects of what will become the personal computer, the core of CII-HB and of Honeywell had essentially ignored the potential brought by the first microprocessors.
|1972||Creation of R2E by André Truong Truong Thi and François Gernelle from Intertechnique|
|15 Jan 1973||First shipment of Micral N to INRA Institut National de Recherche Agronomique, a process control computer, the first world microcomputer based on Intel 8008 microprocessor.|
|9 Jun 1976||Acquisition of 60% of R2E by CII-HB|
|13 Sep 1982||André Rivière named PDG of R2E., replacing André Truong Truong Thi|
|19 May 1983||Jean Valent,
president of Bull Transac replaces André Rivière.
R2E will take the name of Bull Micral
|1984||Introduction of BM-30 an IBM PC compatible personal computer, designed at R2E of America and manufactured by Bull in Angers and Villeneuve d'Asq.|
|Introduction of a PC/AT compatible model by Bull Micral|
|Introduction of BM-300, a 386 based PC , OEM-bought from Acer|
|Introduction of BM-40, a 386 based PC ,|
|1987||Spin Off of Prologue SA, as a separate company that will market the Prologue operating and programming systems on PC clones hardware.|
|Oct 1992||ZDS is given the Desktop IV by US Army. The foreign ownership of the company delays the confirmation of the order until May 1993.|
At the time of the take-over of CII by Honeywell-Bull, were left over from CII the telephone exchange computers (that went to CGE), the military computers and the process control computers that were continued over the Thomson-CSF umbrella.
|1975||Télémécanique-Electrique introduces its SOLAR product line of process control mini computers.|
|197x||Merge between Télémécanique and SEMS|
|1981||Discussions with SEL-Gould for an eventual take-over of Gould|
|Sep 1982||Government decision to incorporate SEMS into Bull|
|1983||integration of Thomson's peripheral department (DAP)
that owned a license for the Convergent Technology's B4000.
Thomson had previously spent money in a attempt to rescue the US computer company, Fortune.
|1983||Industrialization of CNET's SM-90 minicomputer sold as Bull SPS-7|
|Oct 1983||François Michel resigns from SEMS to found Copernique. He is replaced by Georges Grunberg.|
|Apr 1984||License from Ridge Computer for the scientific RISC
Ridge 32 computer, sold as Bull SPS-9
After an increase of Bull's shares to 19.5% in 1986, Ridge practically collapsed in 1988.
In 1983, when CGE and Thomson were nationalized, as was also Bull, the government asked Bull to reabsorb SEMS the result of the merge between the Télémécanique (a process control company from Groupe Schneider) and the CII-B. It also asked to absorb Transac (a computer business division of CGE) and a division of Thomson.
Revision:29 avr. 2002