Japan Semiconductor Innovation 50    (A-12 1980s)

CD player, CDP-101 (Sony)

Sony developed and launched the world's first CD player for consumer use, CDP-101, into the market in 1982. This player was the first product which brought digital audio technology into ordinary homes. Successful implementations of D/A converter IC and signal processing LSI made the development of this world's first CD player possible. This greatly contributed to the growth of Japanese consumer electronics and its semiconductor industry. The semiconductor laser in VSIS structure developed by Sharp was the other key component adopted in this CD player. And this was the forerunner of semiconductor laser application in consumer electronics products.

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