This month marks the 20th anniversary of the Lenovo ThinkPad. So to celebrate two decades of Lenovo’s technology innovation and sustained success, we have included a timeline below* highlighting the many firsts, and the many accomplishments, of this industry-changing product:
1992: IBM introduces ThinkPad 700c, the industry’s first laptop with a thin film transistor display.
1993: ThinkPad 750c is the first ThinkPad to reach outer space on a NASA mission.
1994: ThinkPad 755CD becomes the industry’s first laptop with an integrated CD-ROM.
1995: ThinkPad 701c revolutionizes keyboard design with the butterfly keyboardâ.
1997: ThinkPad 770 unveiled as the first laptop with a DVD-ROM.
1999: ThinkPad 570 was the first laptop with a removable UltraBase.
2000: The 10 millionth ThinkPad is bought. ThinkPad I Series laptops emerge as the first laptops with built-in wireless components.
2001: ThinkPad becomes the first TCPA-certified laptop featuring an embedded security chip.
2003: ThinkPad is the industry’s first laptop with Active Protection System to protect the hard disk drive from impact.
2004: ThinkPad becomes the first laptop to feature a built-in fingerprint reader.
2005: Lenovo aquires IBM’s Personal Computing Division
2006: ThinkPad X41 is introduces as the lightest, thinnest, and most secure ThinkPad Tablet.
2007: ThinkPad celebrates its 15th anniversary.
2008: Lenovo introduces ThinkPad X300, the thinnest and highest fully-functional 13â laptop.
2009: ThinkPad W700ds becomes the first dual-screen mobile workstation.
2010: The 60 millionth ThinkPad is sold.
2011: Lenovo launches ThinkPad Tablet 1, an Andriod-based tablet with media, security and management tools for business professionals.
2012: Launch of ThinkPad Tablet 2, the first tablet designed for Windows 8. Lenovo also unveils the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the world’s lightest 14â Ultrabook. ThinkPad celebrates its 20th birthday.
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*Source: ThinkPad Milestones, Lenovo, 2012.