- 1970- Vietnam War protesters attacked university computer centers.
- 1971- An IBM team led by Alan Shugart invented the 8-inch floppy diskette.
- 1972- Nolan Bushnell introduced Pong and his new company, Atari video games.
- 1974- Researchers at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center designed the Alto -- the first work station with a built-in mouse for input. The Alto stored several files simultaneously in windows, offered menus and icons, and could link to a local area network. Although Xerox never sold the Alto commercially, it gave a number of them to universities. Engineers later incorporated its features into work stations and personal computers.
- 1976- Steve Wozniak designed the Apple I, a single-board computer.
- 1977- The Apple II became an instant success when released in 1977 with its printed circuit motherboard, switching power supply, keyboard, case assembly, manual, game paddles, A/C powercord, and cassette tape with the computer game
- Texas Instruments Inc. introduced Speak & Spell, a talking learning aid for ages 7 and up.
- 1979- The Motorola 68000 microprocessor exhibited a processing speed far greater than its contemporaries. This high performance processor found its place in powerful work stations intended for graphics-intensive programs common in engineering.