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Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) was a pioneering American company in the computer industry, founded in 1957 by Ken Olsen and Harlan Anderson. DEC played a significant role in the development of minicomputers and was a major player in the computing market during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. The company produced a range of innovative products, including the PDP series of minicomputers and the VAX line of mainframe-like computers, which became popular in business, academia, and government sectors. However, DEC faced challenges in adapting to the shift towards personal computers and client-server computing architectures. In 1998, DEC was acquired by Compaq, marking the end of its existence as an independent entity.

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