Lenovo was formed when Lenovo Group acquired the IBM Personal Computing Division in May 2005. Lenovo continues the IBM legacy of creating high-quality, industry-leading PC products including the renowned ThinkPad notebooks and ThinkCentre desktops. In addition, Lenovo recently introduced a new line of notebooks for individual consumers called IdeaPad.
Lenovo recently introduced the Idea brand, consisting of IdeaPad laptops, IdeaCentre desktops and IdeaTab tablet PCs. The Idea brand targets individual consumer needs everything from day-to-day home tasks, on-the-go play, and intense gaming. IBM continues to provide award-winning service and support for all of Lenovo's PC products.
In 2008, Lenovo introduced the Idea brand, consisting of IdeaPad laptops, IdeaCentre desktops and IdeaTab tablet PCs. The Idea brand targets individual consumer needs everything from day-to-day home tasks, on-the-go play, and intense gaming. IBM continues to provide award-winning service and support for all of Lenovo's PC products.
ThinkPad in Space
Brief History of ThinkPad
IBM THINKPAD HISTORY
The ThinkPad is a line of laptop computers and tablets originally designed, developed and sold by IBM but now produced by Lenovo. They are known for their boxy black design, which was modeled after a traditional Japanese Bento lunchbox. Lenovo acquired the ThinkPad brand with the acquisition of IBM's Personal Computing Division in 2005.
ThinkPads are popular with large businesses and schools. Older model ThinkPads are revered by technology enthusiasts, collectors and power users due to their durable design, relatively high resale value, and abundance of aftermarket replacement parts. The ThinkPad has been used in space, and is the only laptop certified for use on the International Space Station.
The name "ThinkPad" is a product of IBM's corporate history and culture. Thomas J. Watson, Sr, had first introduced "THINK" as an IBM slogan in the 1920s. For decades IBM distributed small notepads with the word "THINK" emblazoned on a brown leatherette cover to customers and employees. The name ThinkPad was suggested by IBM employee Denny Wainwright, who had a "THINK" notepad in his pocket. The name faced disagreements from the IBM corporate naming committee because the nomenclature system for the IBM computers was then numerical; however, the brand name "ThinkPad" was kept as the press showed appreciation for the title.
IBM THINKCENTRE HISTORY
The ThinkCentre line of business-oriented desktop computers is produced by Lenovo. ThinkCentre computers typically include mid-range to high-end processors, options for discrete graphics cards, and multi-monitor support. The ThinkCentre line was introduced in 2003 by IBM. The first three desktops in IBM's redesigned line of PCs were the S50, the M50, and A50p.
All three desktops were equipped with Intel™ Pentium™ 4 processors. The chassis was made of steel and designed for easy component access without the use of tools. The hard disk was fixed in place by a 'caddy' without the use of screws. The caddy had rubber bumpers to reduce vibration and operational noise.
Additional updates to the desktops included greater use of ThinkVantage Technologies. All desktop models were made available with ImageUltra. The three desktop models also included an 'Access IBM' button, allowing access to onboard resources, diagnostic tools, automated solutions, and links to online updates and services. Select models featured IBM's Embedded Security Subsystem, with an integrated security chip and IBM Client Security Software.
In 2005, after completing its acquisition of IBM's personal computing business, Lenovo announced the ThinkCentre E Series desktops, designed specifically for small businesses. The ThinkCentre E50 was made available in tower and small form factor, with a silver and black design.