|16 July 1966
||Approval of the Ortoli report on a Plan
|8 Oct 1966
||Creation of a Délégué à l'Informatique by the
French government. Robert Galley is named at this function, reporting directly
to the Prime
Minister (at that time, Georges Pompidou)
||Introduction of CII 10020 and of 10070 (under SDS
CII 10070 is based on SDS Sigma7.
|6 Dec 1966
||Creation of Compagnie Industrielle pour
l'Informatique, grouping CAE and Analac from CITEC (CGE-CSF) and SEA (groupe Schneider).
Jacques Maillet (Intertechnique, Groupe Rivaud) is named chairman (PDG) and Jean Auricoste
(ex-CAE) is named president.
||Creation of SPERAC (Systèmes et Périphériques
Associés aux Calculateurs) between Thomson and Compagnie des Compteurs.
|3 Jan 1967
||Creation of IRIA (Institut de Recherche
d'Informatique et d'Automatisme) to do computer research and education.
||Installation of CII at Louveciennes, in ex-NATO's
|13 Apr 1967
||First Plan Calcul 5-years convention.
||Introduction of the French minicomputer CII 10010
||Following the merge of CFTH (Compagnie Française
Thomson-Houston) and CSF, Thomson becomes shareholder of CII.
||Introduction of CII 10020
||Introduction of the process control version of 10010
||Birth of Iris 50 as the Plan Calcul P1 system,
formally introduced in Sep 1968
Iris 50, a medium-size business computer, is completely French genuine.
|30 Sep 1968
||Robert Galley is named minister of Scientific
Research, in charge of nuclear and space affairs. He is replaced as Délégué à
l'Informatique by Maurice Allègre.
|3 Dec 1968
||First P0M prototype, a military computer to be
delivered as Iris 35M.
||CII sells manufacturing rights of Iris50 to Rumania
(where it is sold as Felix computer) and 10010 rights to Hungary.
||First prototype of Iris 80 (alias P3).
Iris 80 is a powerful derivative of 10070,
||Beginning of the Toulouse plant's operation;,
(13 000 sq.m.) with a staff of 500p.It has been formally inaugurated on 10 Oct 1969,
with 100th CII10010 system
|17 Feb 1969
||Delivery of first Iris50 for software development.
||Order of 10070 for French Air Traffic Control
||Robert Gest is directeur général adjoint
||SDS is bought by Xerox as XDS.
The relations of CII with XDS will become less significant after 1970 and when
Honeywell bought XDS in the late 70s, it will migrate the Xerox systems to the Level66
line (under CP-6 operating system)
||Introduction of Iris-80
|1 Nov 1969
||Agreement between Thomson and CGE to create Fininfor
(headed by André Danzin) .that becomes in May 1970 the main shareholder at 70.7% of CII
|19 Dec 1969
||Jacques Maillet is named honorary chairman and Michel
Barré replaces him as PDG (executive president)
|30 Dec 1969
||Acceptation of Iris80 under Siris7, by the
Délégation à l'Informatique
|13 Feb 1970
||First shipment of Iris 50 to IRIA (under Siris2)
||Absorption of Sperac by CII
||Introduction of Iris 55M, a military version of
Iris 50, presented in operational condition in Nov 1971.
||Creation of Multinational Data an engineering joint
venture between CII, Control Data and ICL (UK) for designing and promoting common
|25 Mar 1971
||Introduction of Iris 45, an entry version of Iris 50
||Introduction of Mitra 15, a minicomputer
(privately developed by CII for process control, and telecommunications market)
|3 Aug 1971
||Second plan calcul convention, requesting CII
to negotiate international co-operations
||Creation of CILOMI, a subsidiary to finance leases to
||Introduction of Iris 60, an upper model of Iris 50.
|10 Nov 1971
||Shipment of first Iris 80 to CEA DAM (military
nuclear research center in Limeil) to be upgraded in a dual processor system
||Robert Gest is named directeur général (executive
|3 May 1972
||IDI ( a French government financial company) takes
14.82% of CII shares
||Toulouse's plant is extended to 30 000sq.m.with a
staff of 1400p. In Nov 1973, it will reach 45000 sq.m. and 1600p
||Introduction of Iris 15M, a military version of Mitra
||Introduction of Iris 55, a smaller version of Iris 60
||design of CS40 a computer for the telephone exchange
CS-40, derived from Iris 50, will be acquired by CGE (future Alcatel) in 1975.
|13 May 1975
||Following the announcement of the merger with
Honeywell-Bull, Michel Barré (CII's PDG) resigns
|20 May 1975
||Merger with Honeywell-Bull, confirmed by an agreement
between Honeywell and the Compagnie Générale d'Electricté.
The Toulouse plant is not part of the agreement and is relinquished to CITEC (groupe
It continues to manufacture CII products and will operates until the end of 1981 to
operates as a parts manufacturer for the Angers plant.
||Exploratory conversations with Siemens, that just
losses its precedent partner RCA, from which Siemens got licenses of Spectra7
|30 Jan 1972
||Agreement between CII and Siemens to cooperate in
general purpose civilian computers.
||Negotiation between CII, Siemens and Philips for
building a common company Unidata.
||Conclusion of the agreement with Philips
|19 Jan 1973
||Formal signature in Munich of the agreement between
CII and Siemens AG
|4 Jul 1973
||Formal signature in Amsterdam of the agreement
||CII introduces the Siemens 4004, a derivative of RCA
Spectra 70, in its catalog
||CII absorbs Siemens computers activities in France
and gives up its CII GmbH to Siemens
||Unidata partners decide to introduce the X series.
The X architecture is similar to IBM's S/370 and to Siemens 4004. X0 will be
developed as an entry level by Philips, Siemens' X1 and X3 and CII X2 will run under the
Siemens operating system BS-2000. The upper end CII X4 and X5 would have run either
BS-2000 or a port of Siris 8 to the X architecture.
||Dispute between the Fininfor (the CII holding
company) shareholders. CGE (48%) disagrees with Thomson (52%)
|15 Jan 1974
||Introduction of Unidata 77-20, designed and produced
||Telefunken is taken over by Siemens
That take-over was made without Unidata partners consultation.
|16 Sep 1974
||Introduction of Unidata 77-30 and 77-50 produced by
Siemens and of Unidata 77-40 (née X-2) produced by CII
|3 Sep 1975
||Philips leaves Unidata
|19 Dec 1975
||Dissolution of the Unidata association