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I have broad experience concerning
VLSI development as well as the broad knowledge of system, hardware,
and software. Concerning the software, the first computer
language I learnt was Fortran and Cobol. When I joined NEC
Japan, new university graduates like me had to study them for a
while because NEC was one of major main frame computer manufacturers
in the world. After such company education due for new comers
(Novice), what language you learn depends on your curiosity or daily
I was involved in LSI development for
desk-top calculators that is actually a system on chip installed all
the basic functions of PC such as keyboard, display, printer,
central processing unit, memory unit (ROM: Read Only Memory, and
RAM: Random Access Memory), and clock generator. Intel 4004,
the first generation of microprocessor, was originally developed for
the desk-top calculator application. However, such general
purpose microprocessors were unable to penetrate into the desk-top
calculator market because dedicated single-chip solution provided by
us prevailed the tough price competition, dominated the market, and
finally lead the overall LSI technologies although Intel
microprocessor is leading the technology as of today.
We newly designed an optimized CPU that
has instructions specifically designed for each product development.
I used a machine language which is most primitive in this case.
I purchased Tandy's TRS-80 when I
visited USA as honey moon. It was a first generation of 8 bit
personal computer with Basic interpreter ROM which CPU is 1.6MHz
Zilog Z80. I introduced the TRS-80 and the board schematics to
NEC personal computer people working inside of integrated circuit
division as well as NEC µPD3301
text display controller that NEC peripheral equipment division
people designed. NEC shipped PC-8000 in April next year
referring to the TRS-80. PC-8000 implemented Basic language
interpreter provided by Microsoft for the first time and dominated
Japanese PC market.
When we designed µPD7220 graphics display controller LSI (GDC), I applied TRS-80 as the
evaluation system controller that makes and provides commands and
parameters to µPD7220.
I mastered Basic language and Z80 assembly language at that moment.
I have hacked file duplication protection of commercial software
products like Japanese word processors utilizing Intel 8086 assembly
language and µPD765 floppy disk controller LSI (FDC) interface knowledge. While I
was at NEC, I was unable to master C language although I had
I mastered C language programming in
USA at Chips & Technologies. It was frequently applied to
computer simulation file conversion, emulation of schemes and logic,
and system level evaluation. After I started using C, I never
used Basic any more. Also, I was not interested in any other
languages such as Pearl and other high level script languages on
Unix because C programming provided me sufficient performance.
I used Microsoft Quick C first and Visual C++ later as C compiler
and debugger. When I needed a C executable on Unix machine, I
made and debugged the C source code on PC first. Then I
uploaded the C source code file to Unix and compiled by "gcc" to get
an executable file that can run on Unix. I have no intention
to use an out-dated Unix C debugger.
For a long time, I eagerly wanted to
make utilities that can run under Windows. I tried to make it
by Visual C++ but gave up. Web page design done recently gave
me a strong tips to design Windows utility very easily. The
utilities below was made in very short term (7 days) successfully
utilizing my software design background raised by today.
Honestly speaking, I was convinced
that Japan never be able to overcome USA at software development
domain. Japan was unable to join the match and USA alone won.
Hinomaru computer? Artificial intelligence? Real time
operating system? No way! They only provided good news
(?) to Japanese unskilled mass media people without giving any
national interest to Japan.
This utility includes basic Windows functions and handlings such as menu,
text/combo boxes, command/radio buttons, binary & text file
open/save, and spread sheet.
There is no harmful operations or miss-operations included. Feel free to download
When toys.exe runs, the window below appears at top left-most corner of screen.
By depressing left mouse button on Options, dragging, and releasing, one of the programs
combined in this utility runs.
(A) Unit Converter
This provides an extended feature of Unit Converter exhibited at "Toys"
display briefly summarizes the usage.
(B) International Telephone Country Code
This provides an equivalent feature of International Telephone Country Code exhibited at "Toys" on this Web
This provides a monthly calendar from year of 1,000 to 2201.
My wife and I were born together on Sunday although the year, month,
and date are different as usual.
I have known the day of the week of my daughter's birthday because I dropped by a hospital after
work. It's Wednesday. NEC forced all employees to stop
working and leave at 5:15 PM every Wednesday at that moment.
(D) Wave File Analyzer
This provides header information on wave files.
(E) Sine Wave File Generator & the Batch
This generates sine wave files defined by
various parameters. When batch processing is chosen, multiple
sine wave files with independent parameters can be made.
(F) Wave File Concatenation
This concatenates several wave files and saves a file.
When we designed MPEG audio decoder VLSI, we were unable to implement layer 3 functions on the VLSI
because the die size becomes 2.5 times bigger.
(MPEG1 audio layer 3) audio data lossy compression is done by CPU by
utilizing MPEG Ad Hoc group's free source code for infinite accuracy
reference data creation. In case of layer 2, 224Kbps had to be
applied to obtain sufficient sound quality after compression.
However, in case of layer 3, 128Kbps is enough. I have
evaluated various cases using our MPEG audio decoder VLSI and sound
sources at that time.
- Tijuana Taxi
- Spanish Flea
- A Taste of Honey
- Mexican Shuffle
- The Work Song
"Opening Theme on Radio & TV"
- Sessions for University Entrance Exam (Radio)
- English for Millions of People (Radio)
- 11PM (NTV)
- Today's Cooking (NHK TV)
- Shouten (NTV)
- Sports Program (NHK TV)
- Shin-Nippon Kikou (NHK TV)
- Shin-Nippon Tanpou (NHK TV)
- Meiji Chelsea Song (Simons)
- Suntory Old
- Nissin Cup Noodle
- Renown Ladies
- Bugler's Holiday
- Plink, Plank, Plunk!
- Sleigh Ride
- The Syncopated Clock
- The Typewriter
"Bitter Sweet Samba"
- Summer Place (Percy Faith and his orchestra, Narrator: Tatsuya Zyo; from Jet Stream FM Tokyo)
- A Swingin' Safari (Billy Vaughan and his orchestra)
- Yakety Sax (Boots Randolph and his combo)
- Washington Square (The Village Stompers)
- Java (Al Hirt)
- Midnight in Moscow (Kenny Ball and his jazzmen)
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents
- Route 66
- Mission: Impossible
- Pink Panther
"Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra"
- Love Is Blue
- El Bimbo
- I'm holding on to love to save my life
- Don't be stupid
- That don't impress me much
- 8 Short clips medley
- The loco-motion (Little Eva)
- It's in his kiss (Betty Everett)
- It's my party (Lesley Gore)
- My boy lollipop (Millie)
- Downtown (Petula Clark)
- Da Doo Ron Ron (The Crystals)
- Walk, don't run (Ventures)
- Blowing in the wind (Joan Baez)
- California dreamin' (The Mamas and The Papas)
- Mrs. Robinson (Simon & Garfunkel)
Commencement Speech by Steve Jobs at Stanford University (6/12/2005) with manuscript
Reception Speech of our Marriage (4/29/1983) Matsumura Tomihiro, NEC, Ariga
Masanao, TMU, Aoyama, Takashima, Takai & Maehashi, NEC