TitleOchi, Shigeyuki oral history
DescriptionOchi-san was born in Manchuria in 1938, but moved back to Japan before he was one year old. He had an early interest in mathematics, especially as applied to communication. He attended Tokyo Institute of Technology because of their strength in communications. He graduated in 1962 with a BS in electrical engineering.
Upon graduation, he joined Sony. At the time, Sony was focused on using bipolar transistors, but he read an RCA paper on MOS transistors and felt that was the technology of the future. He worked on MOS technology until 1970, at which time he switched his focus to CCD.
It was a difficult technology, so many other companies stopped their development efforts in this area. Ochi-san believed it was important and so continued to pursue his goal of making a CCD-based camera. He succeeded in making a prototype version of such a camera in 1980, and a commercial version in 1985. That was the first camcorder.
|Fairbairn, Doug, interviewer
|Ochi, Shigeyuki, interviewee
PublisherComputer History Museum
Place of PublicationTokyo, Japan
SubjectSony; CCD; Camcorder
Collection TitleCHM oral history collection
CreditComputer History Museum
|Ochi, Shigeyuki oral history