History 2000-

2000's

2000

Feb.

C303CA, water and shock resistant cellular phone, released

February 2000: C303CA, water and shock resistant cellular phone, released

The C303CA represented a new kind of cellular phone, with a rugged styling never before seen in mobile phones. It offered both water resistance for use in the rain, and shock resistance to stand up to all kinds of daily abuse. The device had water and shock resistant features such as a round urethane bezel to cover the LCD, and a waterproof film protecting the receiver and microphone. Overall, the design had a rugged styling, and was basically a cellular phone version of the G-SHOCK watch. Furthermore, the device offered the latest functions, and supported a top transmission speed of 64 kbps, through high-speed packet transmission.

With this product release, Casio entered the cellular phone market. Though a newcomer to the cellular phone category, the C303CA sported the rugged look that Casio was known for, and was well received both as a heavy duty phone for use at construction and other industrial sites and a cool accessory for young people.

C303CA
Mar.

Release of wristwatch type MP3 player, Wrist Audio Player (WMP-1V)

May

Development of fingerprint verification algorithm (VeriPat™)

Jun.

Establishment of Montres Casio France S.A.

WQV-1 Wrist Camera, a wristwatch-style digital camera, released

June 2000: WQV-1 Wrist Camera, a wristwatch-style digital camera, released

The Wrist Camera was the world’s first wristwatch digital camera. Measuring 52 x 40 x 16 millimeters, and with a weight of 32 grams, it is a super small and lightweight device that can be easily worn on the wrist. It enables the wearer to always be ready for any photo opportunity, and to check the resulting pictures on the display. The image data can also be transmitted to other Wrist Cameras or a PC. Based on the concept of information devices for the wrist that go beyond telling time, the product displays a culmination of Casio’s technology development.

Wrist camera
Aug.

Leasing alliance formed with Diamond Lease Company Limited

Sep.

Release of Japanese version pocket PC, CASSIOPEIA (E-700)

Development of fingerprint verification device for mobile devices

2001

Apr.

Casio Singapore Pte. Ltd. established

April 2001: Casio Singapore Pte. Ltd. established

Casio Singapore Pte. Ltd. was established in April 2001 in order to improve Casio’s production, logistics, and sales efficiency in the ASEAN region. The goal of the new company has been to carry out sales development in Singapore and the neighboring countries of Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia, as well as to perform unified management of the Casio Group production companies in the ASEAN region.

Orders accepted for digital camera photo printing kiosk (Let's Photo)

Nov.

WVA-300 solar powered radio-controlled watch released

November 2001: WVA-300 solar powered radio-controlled watch released

Released in 2001, the WVA-300 was successfully powered by a solar cell and was also radio-controlled to accurately calibrate the time by receiving standard time radio signals. The watch shattered the industry's expectations, which had believed it was not possible to build a watch with advanced-functions using solar cells.

WVA-300

2002

Jan.

Operations begin at the No. 2 production line at the Casio Kochi TFT LCD plant

January 2002: Operations begin at the No. 2 production line at the Casio Kochi TFT LCD plant

The growing market for mobile devices, digital cameras and other such devices has generated sharply increased demand for small and medium-sized LCDs for use as device displays. Demand is especially high for Casio's proprietary HAST (Hyper Amorphous Silicon TFT) LCDs, which display super-bright, high-resolution images with low energy consumption. Kochi Casio continues to produce these units at maximum capacity to keep pace with demand. In a move to expand production capacity, Casio decided to construct a new plant near the exisiting plant in June 2000. Construction began in October that year and was completed in May 2001. After installing equipment and completing the testing phase, the No. 2 TFT LCD line began production in January 2002. The new line doubled the production capacity for TFT LCDs. TFT LCDs produced in the plants at Casio Kochi are used in a variety of applications around the world including digital cameras, cellular phones, PDAs, video cameras, and aircraft instrument displays.

Casio Europe G.m.b.H. established in Germany as Casio's European headquarters

January 2002: Casio Europe G.m.b.H. established in Germany as Casio's European headquarters

With the launch of the euro, Europe' s new single currency, the borderless movement of people, products, and money was realized in Europe, and it became necessary for Casio to revise its policies and business strategies in this region. Therefore, in January 2002, Casio Europe G.m.b.H. was established in Germany, the hub of the European economic region. By moving its European headquarters from London to Germany, Casio created a new system for coordinating the local sales companies in the region: Casio Electronics Co., Ltd. (UK), Casio Computer G.m.b.H. Deutschland (Germany), and Montres Casio France S.A. (France), in order to carry out business development for the European region as a whole.

Casio Europe G.m.b.H
Feb.

Recovery and recycling of used PCs and other office equipment from corporate users begins

Apr.

Casio becomes first to release cellular phone with a built-in digital camera (the A3012CA, also equipped with GPS), to au by KDDI, one of Japan's leading mobile phone service providers

April 2002: Casio becomes first to release cellular phone with a built-in digital camera (the A3012CA, also equipped with GPS), to au by KDDI, one of Japan's leading mobile phone service providers

The cellular phone has progressed from a mere mobile phone device to a communication tool with email capabilities, and still continues to be redefined. As au’s first GPS cellular phone with camera, the A3012CA has become a big hit since its release. With a built-in 350,000-pixel resolution camera, the device can take and save up to 800 pictures. Furthermore, with au’s own GPS technology feature, and an accompanying function to display a map and the address of the location where a picture has been taken, the device is designed to take advantage of au’s cutting-edge third-generation CDMA2000 1x infrastructure.

A3012CA
Jun.

EXILIM, the world's first card-sized, ultra-thin LCD digital camera, released

June 2002: EXILIM, the world's first card-sized, ultra-thin LCD digital camera, released

The EXILIM is a digital camera developed based on the new concept of a “wearable card camera“ that is with you wherever you go. No bigger than a business card and only slightly more than a centimeter thick, it fits easily in a breast or hip pocket, weighs no more than a cellular phone, and has a built-in LCD screen. Furthermore, it only takes a second to start up, and offers a quick shutter response of only 0.01 seconds from the time the button is pushed before the image is captured. In addition, photos can be taken every 0.6 seconds continuously. The EXILIM was released in Japan in June 2002, and was so popular that production had to be doubled after two months. It is now gaining popularity in all parts of the world.

「EXILIM」 EX-S1
Sep.

Tie-up with Flextronics for consignment production of electronic devices

Nov.

"The G," the ultimate G-SHOCK watch, released

November 2002: "The G," the ultimate G-SHOCK watch, released

The G-SHOCK was born out of the idea of challenging the notion that a wristwatch has to be a fragile item. While inheriting superior shock resistance and a design that conveys toughness, the ultimate G-SHOCK, "The G," features a "Tough Solar" power system that is powered by a solar cell. "The G" has made it possible to keep accurate time due to its radio-controlled system, which receives standard time radio signals to maintain time accuracy.

The G

2003

Feb.

Fingerprint verification device with hollow rolling-tube head scanner for mobile terminals developed

February 2003: Fingerprint verification device with hollow rolling-tube head scanner for mobile terminals developed

Applications for individual identity verification using physiological data such as fingerprints have greatly expanded along with the development of the information society. Casio is actively promoting measures in the field of fingerprint verification, and in May 2000, launched the fingerprint verification algorithm, VeriPat®. In September of the same year Casio developed an optical fingerprint sensor that combines a TFT photo sensor and a low-profile light source. Then in February 2003, Casio and Alps Electric Co., Ltd., agreed to a business tie-up for the development, manufacture, and sales of Rolling-Tube Head Scanners that can be installed in mobile terminals such as cellular phones to read fingerprints with a high degree of accuracy.
The Rolling-Tube Head Scanner is a new fingerprint verification device needed to overcome the shortcomings of conventional line scanners, namely image distortion when a fingerprint is taken, and the difficulties of miniaturizing flat scanners. By using a roller for the surface that comes in contact with the fingertip or other subject to be scanned, the pressure of the imprint remains consistent, and accurate distortion-free readings can be obtained. Furthermore, by installing the read sensor and light source inside the roller, the device can also be miniaturized.

image of a proposed application
Mar.

EXILIM ZOOM (EX-Z3/Z40) with 2.5 times longer battery life than previous models (compared to the EX-Z4 and EX-Z40) released

March 2003: EXILIM ZOOM (EX-Z3/Z40) with 2.5 times longer battery life than previous models (compared to the EX-Z4 and EX-Z40) released

The EXILIM (released June 2002), was developed based on the concept of a "wearable card camera" enabling easy photography wherever the user goes, and has been recognized as a completely new type of digital camera. It has become a hit product, giving rise to many follow-up series, including products with higher resolution and richer exterior color variation. The EX-Z3 was the first high performance model of the EXILIM series featuring 3.2 megapixels and a 3x optical zoom lens. The EX-Z3 features a new 3-segment telescoping lens construction, and advanced high-density mounting LSI technology called a Stack Multi-Chip Module, which has enabled the realization of a compact ultra-thin camera measuring just 87 by 57 by 22.9 millimeters (minimum width of 19.7 mm).
With its integration of advanced design and performance, in 2003 the EX-Z3 became Japan's best selling digital camera. The EX-Z3 was selected as the European Digital Mini-Camera of the Year 2003-2004 at the EISA Awards by the European Imaging & Sound Association and has an outstanding reputation around the world.

EX-Z3

Release of the Japanese industry's first electronic dictionary in languages other than English (German, French, and Chinese)

Apr.

Casio (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., begins operations

Jun.

Charter of Creativity for CASIO established

June 2003: Charter of Creativity for CASIO established

In order to ensure each and every CASIO employee fully understands and carries out the corporate creed of "Creativity and Contribution," as well as to ensure the company maintains a proper management system (corporate governance) and observes all laws, regulations, and social standards (corporate compliance), CASIO has begun articulating clear expectations in these areas in writing. On June 1, 2003, the anniversary of the company's founding, the three-chapter Charter of Creativity for CASIO was issued. Activities were then launched to create awareness of the Charter inside the company, and in December of the same year, it was released publicly as a pledge to society to uphold these guidelines

Charter of Creativity for CASIO

Jul.

Tie-up with LG TeleCom of South Korea, and release of cellular phones in the South Korean market

Oct.

The Privia, a high-quality affordable electronic piano, released

Nov.

Completion of the Hachioji Research and Development Center

Dec.

Entry into the data projector market

2004

Mar.

Release of the EXILIM ZOOM (EX-Z30/Z40) with 2.5 times longer battery life than previous models (comparison between the EX-Z4 and EX-Z40)

Apr.

Casio Hitachi Mobile Communications, a joint venture company founded with Hitachi, Ltd. to develop cellular phones, established

April 2004: Casio Hitachi Mobile Communications, a joint venture company founded with Hitachi, Ltd. to develop cellular phones, established

Casio and Hitachi, Ltd. established a joint venture company called Casio Hitachi Mobile Communications Co., Ltd., on April 1, 2004. Casio's strength in high-density mounting, image, and application technologies was combined with Hitachi's expertise in high-speed data communications, device applications, and system design technologies. Both companies have agreed to aim for reduction of development costs through streamlining development resources and sharing platform for cellular phones, while also improving efficiency to accelerate development, and reducing manufacturing costs by centralizing materials procurement.

Oct.

Establishment of Casio Entertainment, Inc., digital content production company

Nov.

Release of OCEANUS and LILANA solar powered radio controlled watches with full metal case

2005

Jan.

Tie-up with Renesas Technology Corporation for semi-conductor mounting technology

Jun.

Establishment of Casio Electronic Tecnology (Zhongshan) Co., Ltd in China (Commercial production date: 2006 January)

Jul.

Release of the G'zOne TYPE-R flip cellular phone with water and shock resistance

Nov.

Release of the OCEANUS five-motor chronograph

Casio World Open golf tour held in Kuroshio Country Club in Kochi Prefecture

2006

Feb.

Casio first supplies KDDI with W41CA slim cellular phone with wide, 2.6 inch QVGA LCD

Apr.

Casio Benelux B.V. begins operations in Netherlands

May.

Release of the stylish EX-Z1000 digital camera with 10.1 megapixel CCD

Jul.
Casio Scandinavia AS begins operations in Norway

Sep.

Casio Espana, S.L. begins operations

Oct.

Waterproof and shock-resistant mobile phones supplied to Verizon Wireless in the U.S. (G'zOne TYPE-V)

Nov.

Casio Latin America, Inc. begins operations in Miami, US

2007

Jun.

Release of OCEANUS Manta slim solar-powered radio-controlled watch in full-metal case

Jul.

Establishment of the joint company CXD NEXT CO., LTD., with NTT DOCOMO

Aug.

Release of XD-SW6500 electronic dictionary with native pronunciation of 100,000 English words

2008

Mar.

Release of EX-F1 digital camera with world's fastest burst shooting performance

Apr.

Casio Mexico Marketing, S. de R. L. de C.V.begins operations

Jun.

Release of the G-SHOCK RISEMAN world's first 6 multi-band radio controlled watch

Jul.

Casio starts sample shipping of the Blanview LCD module with superior visibility both indoors and outdoors and lower power consumption

Casio develops new Tough Movement boasting slimness and high performance for its radio-controlled watch

Oct.

Limited Liability Company CASIO begins operations in Russia

2009

Jan.

Casio Brasil Comercio De Produtos Eletronicos Ltda. begins operations

Release of world's first digital camera that can make composite moving images (EX-Z400)

Feb

Release of world's first compact high-speed digital camera (EX-FC100)

Apr.

Casio Italia S.r.l. begins operations

Aug.

Casio Human Systems Co., Ltd. established

Dec.

Release of world's thinnest shock resistant digital camera ("EXILIM G" EX-G1)

Shock resistant "G-SHOCK" watches achieve a total of over 50 million units shipped worldwide