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History of Automation: This Week , Ethernet

In 1973, personal computers were slowly being adopted into offices and a few homes. With this wider adoption came a market for peripheral devices, such as printers. These devices required a way to send and receive data from a personal computer, and one solution for this problem was a network designed to communicate with these newly connected devices. In a memo dated May 22, Robert Metcalfe proposed a “multipoint data communications system Ethernet,” which is still the standard computer network in use today. Metcalf filed for a patent for Ethernet in 1977 along with co-creators of the protocol, and the patent was awarded to the Xerox Corporation. Continue reading