Nixdorf Computer AG
Nixdorf Computer AG was a computer
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 company founded by Heinz Nixdorf
Heinz Nixdorf
Heinz Nixdorf was a German computing pioneer and businessman.Nixdorf was born in Paderborn.In 1942, Nixdorf was drafted by the German forces and could only finish his education in 1946, after the end of World War II....

 in 1952. Headquartered in Paderborn
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, Germany
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, it became the fourth largest computer company in Europe
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, and a worldwide specialist in banking and point-of-sale systems. Its main products were the 886x family of BNC, or Branch Network Computers, which ran a proprietary operating system
Operating system
An operating system is a set of programs that manage computer hardware resources and provide common services for application software. The operating system is the most important type of system software in a computer system...

 (called DIPOS), the 8870 mini computer for business which ran a comprehensive business application software suite (called COMET written in a dialect of BASIC) and the 8812 Electronic Point of Sale (EPOS) terminal; over 200,000 of these systems were sold worldwide in the late 1970s and 1980s. Other products included private branch exchanges. In 1990, Nixdorf was acquired by Siemens
Siemens AG
Siemens AG is a German multinational conglomerate company headquartered in Munich, Germany. It is the largest Europe-based electronics and electrical engineering company....

 and renamed Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme
Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme
Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme, AG was formed in 1990 by the merger of Nixdorf Computer AG and the Siemens' Data Information Services division...

. After the splitoff of Siemens Nixdorf's Personal Computer products to Fujitsu Siemens Computers
Fujitsu Siemens Computers
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, the present day company Wincor Nixdorf
Wincor Nixdorf
Wincor Nixdorf is a German corporation that provides retail and retail banking hardware, software, and services. Wincor Nixdorf is engaged primarily in the sale, manufacture, installation and service of self-service transaction systems , retail banking equipment, lottery terminals, postal...

is its closest incarnation.
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