The Rise and Fall of Philips Data Systems

Published in 2023. Free PDF via the link.


This free e-book, which took a number of years to complete, tells the story of Philips Data Systems in general and Philips Terminal Systems in particular. Philips Terminal Systems was one of the very few European computer manufacturers, perhaps the only one, that managed to occupy the top spot worldwide, with a margin, in a large computer systems market segment over a considerable amount of time. In this case, it was the segment of front-office banking systems from circa 1975 to 1985. The book was designed using many pictures in order for it to be quick and pleasant to browse through while still getting its main points. Hope you enjoy it and recommend it to others interested in European computing history! (In the second printing, the largest chapter has been split into two, however, with the exact same wordings.)