Company: Fastcomm Communications Corp. (Fastcomm Data Corp.)
Based: Dulles, VA.
Founded: 1981, Incorporated as MicroTel, Inc. in May 1983, changed name to Data Safe Inc. in February 1984; to Electronic Vaults, Inc., in August 1984; and to FastComm Communications Corp., in October 1987. (Ceased operations in July 2002)
Founders: James Wharton & Albert Weintrau (MicroTel Inc.)
Specialty: Designed, developed, and marketed data communications equipment & telecommunications hardware for high-speed voice, video, & data transmission for public and private telephone networks. frame-relay access devices (FRADs), Modems, Routers, voice over Internet protocol and voice over frame relay convergence products
Fastcomm Communications Computer Chip Paperweight (1996)
This Lucite paperweight from Fastcomm Communications features a communications chip made in the Philippines, with a manufacturing date code of the 45th week of 1996 on the back. It comes in a 40-pin Plastic DIP package.
Electronic Vaults Inc. was the very first computer hardware company to introduce a dial-up, asynchronous, 9600 bps (bits per second) modem, in April 1985. They would change their name to Fastcomm Data Corp. a couple of years later.
Fastcomm produced network routing and switching equipment, controllers, and processors for Internet and frame relay networks.
Fastcomm also manufactured mainframe communications controllers for IBM mainframe environments, multi-protocol access controllers for Unisys users, and voice/fax/video/data convergence routers for carrier users.