JVC has been awarded the prestigious IEEE Milestone Award in recognition of its development of the legendary VHS home video format.
The award acknowledges the innovative design and technology of VHS, and the status it attained as a global standard.
Significantly, the award comes on the 30th anniversary of the first commercial VHS video deck, which debuted on September 9, 1976. Since then, an amazing 900 million VHS video recorders have been manufactured.
The Milestones program is run by the US-based Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
JVC says the IEEE commemorative plaque (pictured above) will be permanently displayed at its Techno Wing technology and product development center.
JVC developed the VHS video standard to accomodate long recording times, while maintaining a (relatively) compact size and ease of manufacture. Despite a bruising battle with Sony’s Betamax format, it went on to become the global de facto video tape standard.
Previous IEEE Milestone winners comprise the directive short wave or Yagi antenna (recognized in 1995), the Mount Fuji radar system (2000), Tokaido Shinkansen or bullet train (2000), Seiko’s electronic quartz wristwatch (2004) and Sharp’s electronic calculator (2005).