Fujitsu Tablet PC History 22 Years of Experience, More than 20 Generations of Improvements


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  1. 1. Whitepaper Fujitsu Tablet PC HistoryFujitsu Tablet PC History22 Years of Experience,More than 20 Generations ofImprovementsThere has been a lot of buzz about the "new" tablet technology over the past two years. However, tablet computing has beenaround since the early 1990s, and Fujitsu has been a major part of the story right from the beginning.Over the past thirteen years, the pen tablet market was primarily directed towards a "vertical market". A vertical market is one inwhich the manufacturer sells to industries with application-based needs that would benefit most from the product. In the case ofthe pen tablet products, Fujitsu primarily marketed to health care, insurance, and sales force companies who required the abilityto customize the tablets with their project-based applications. That way, they could be sure all of their representatives couldshare common data.Fujitsu has more experience than all the other Tablet PC manufacturers combined: The STYLISTIC Q702 is the 21st generation ofFujitsu tablet devices. And that number doesn’t even include any of the mid-generation advances, such as the introduction ofwireless versions.Over the years, Fujitsu has not only dominated the tablet market, but also the related technological advancements. Fujitsu isproud of its tradition of introducing new technologies into its tablets and has been responsible for most of the "giant steps" theindustry has taken. Let’s take a look at its place in tablet history, and how Fujitsu products first implemented just about all thesignificant developments in what was to become the Tablet PC.First, a quick look at some of the industry firsts claimed by Fujitsu: 1990: First tablet introduced (PoqetPad STYLISTIC) 1993: First pen tablet to use an integrated wireless LAN 1994: First pen tablet to use an off-the-shelf battery pack rather than a custom pack 1997: First pen tablet designed specifically for use in the healthcare industry 2000: First pen tablet computer using a Pentium III processor, for near-notebook performance 2001: First pen tablet to use Ultra Low Voltage chip 2002: First tablet PC to launch with the new Microsoft Tablet PC version of Windows XP 2003: First Tablet PC with indoor/outdoor display 2004: First 12.1-inch (30.7 cm) convertible tablet with modular bay, weighing under 2 kg 2005: Worlds lightest convertible notebook 2007: First bi-directional hinge on a convertible tablet – the screen will swivel in either direction 2011: First business class Slate PC (STYLISTIC Q550) 1 Tablet PC History
  2. 2. Whitepaper Fujitsu Tablet PC HistoryIn the beginning, there was the Poqet PCIn 1989, in partnership with Fujitsu, the Poqet ComputerCorporation announced the arrival of the Poqet PC. Whenit began shipping in March of 1990, the Poqet PC was theworld’s first hand-held, one-pound, IBM/PC-XT-compatiblecomputer. About the size of a videocassette, the Poqet PCwas fully MS-DOS compatible. Its processor was a 8088,running at 8 MHz. The battery life was 2 to 3 weeks, and itboasted 640 KB of SRAM.At the time of its announcement, PC Magazine the PoqetPC received PC Magazine’s prestigious Award for TechnicalExcellence in the "portables" category, Byte Magazine gavethe Poqet PC the 1989 "Award of Distinction", and, inSeptember 1989, respected analyst Andrew M. Seyboldcalled the Poqet PC "the most exciting advancement inpersonal computing I have seen this year." Poqet PC Fujitsu was one of the founding members of the Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA), which was established in 1989 by a small group of Silicon Valley companies that wanted to create a standard for memory cards. By then Poqet had designed the Poqet PC to use memory cards as removable storage. Poqet needed software developers to put their products on memory cards, but at the time there were ten different types of memory cards sold and there had been no real effort at standardization. PCMCIA quickly became the standard for card devices. In 1991 the Poqet Computer Corporation, again in partnership with Fujitsu, introduced the PoqetPad. PoqetPad was a handheld, touch-screen computer with an NEC V20 CPU chip running at 7 MHz. PoqetPadIn 1992, Fujitsu took over Poqet Computer Corp. andembarked on a successful journey to become marketleader in pen-based computing.In 1993, Fujitsu released an updated version of the PoqetPC: the Poqet PC Plus. The Poqet PC Plus contained an NECV30 chip, and the processor speed was 16 MHz. Thetransflective Poqet PC Plus display was an improvementover the Poqet PC’s reflective screen. The PoqetPad Plus RFwas released shortly thereafter, and was the first pentablet to use an integrated wireless LAN. Poqet PC Plus 2 Tablet PC History
  3. 3. Whitepaper Fujitsu Tablet PC History When the PoqetPad Plus was introduced in 1993, it had the same form-factor as the PoqetPad, but it had an NEC V30 processor with a speed of 16 MHz, and it used Type II PCMCIA cards. The PoqetPad Plus was destined to be the last of the Poqet products. PoqetPad PlusThen came Windows…In 1993, Fujitsu also introduced the 325 Point, which wasone of the first pen tablets capable of running MicrosoftWindows for Pen Computing. The 325 Point was also thefirst pen tablet to offer four different operating systems.Along with Windows for Pen Computing, it offered MS-DOSwith PenRight!, PenDOS, PenPoint.The 325 Point was the first pen tablet to use a PCMCIA TypeIII hard drive as the main storage device.The 325 Point had an Intel 386 SX CPU, running at 25 MHz.The system had a 9.4" transmissive screen withbacklighting, and weighed in at three pounds. 325 Point The 325 Point was followed in 1994 by the Fujitsu STYLISTIC® 500. The STYLISTIC 500 was the first pen tablet to use a magnesium frame and co-molding (with plastic and rubber). It was also the first pen tablet to use an off-the-shelf battery pack rather than requiring a custom pack. The STYLISTIC 500 tablet was the first to offer Windows 95 as its operating system. It was an attractive 2.6 pound package with a transmissive monochrome 640x480 display. It used an Intel 486DX2 processor, running at 50 MHz. At the time, this was the fastest microprocessor ever designed into a pen tablet computer. Fujitsu took great pride in the fact that the STYLISTIC 500 was used by the G7 Presidents in 1995 at the Halifax STYLISTIC 500 Summit in Canada. 3 Tablet PC History
  4. 4. Whitepaper Fujitsu Tablet PC HistoryIn 1996, the STYLISTIC 1000 was introduced. At the time, itwas the smallest, fastest and lightest pen tablet computeron the market. It was a real "speed-demon", running at100 MHz on an AMD AM486 DX4 processor, and wasconsidered a significant breakthrough in pen tabletdesign. The STYLISTIC 1000 used Windows 95 as itsoperating system, and offered a variety of interface ports.The system’s 8 MB of DRAM was upgradeable to 24 MB,and the display was 640x480 VGA, with 256 colors.In 1997, the STYLISTIC 1000 was used aboard the SpaceShuttle Columbia by Astronaut Kalpana Chawla. The pentablet was strapped to her thigh and connected to theshuttles on-board computer system. The tablet was usedto display data from the shuttles own system about theshuttles location relative to the Earth. Before this methodwas devised, landing information was available only on STYLISTIC 1000paper printouts.Brought to market in 1997, the Fujitsu STYLISTIC 1200 was It was the first pen tablet computer to use USB ports, aresponsible for a number of pen tablet firsts. It was the first 128-bit video controller, and Zoomed Video. These allcommercially available pen tablet to run Windows NT. became industry standards after the STYLISTIC 1200 introduced them. The Zoomed Video feature allowed the user to display full-screen, full-motion (30 fps) streaming video. It was also the first pen tablet to offer all four display technologies: TFT color, DSTN color, transmissive monochrome, and transflective monochrome. This selection offered the customer the ability to choose exactly the right display, depending upon environment and applications. The STYLISTIC 1200 was the first "radio-ready" pen tablet computer. This meant a customer could use any PC card radio without the card interfering with the computer or the computer interfering with the radio. Additionally, this was one of the first pen tablets to use a STYLISTIC 1200 Pentium chip (running at 120 MHz).One of the strongest supporters of the pen tablettechnology has always been the healthcare industry. Whenthe Point 510 was introduced in 1997, it became the firstpen tablet to be specifically designed for use in healthcare.It was the first pen tablet to offer all of the key elementsthat health care applications demanded:  low cost  a large, high-resolution screen (10.4" SVGA)  an integrated wireless LAN  color-optimized for health care (i.e., light colors). Point 510 4 Tablet PC History
  5. 5. Whitepaper Fujitsu Tablet PC History Earlier generations of pen tablets were often difficult to use outdoors because of light reflection. In 1998, the STYLISTIC 2300 became the first pen tablet to use a color transflective display for indoor/outdoor use. It was also the first of the Fujitsu tablets to have an integrated modem. The STYLISTIC 2300 had a Pentium 233, so it ran much faster than its predecessors. The STYLISTIC 2300 was designed such that peripherals purchased to support the STYLISTIC 1200 could also be used with the 2300. This was an important cost consideration for customers who wanted to upgrade to the new system. STYLISTIC 2300The Point 1600 was essentially an improved version of thePoint 510. Externally, it was identical, so the peripheralsdesigned for the Point 510 could also be used with thePoint 1600. It had a Pentium® 166 MHz MMX™ processorand 32 MB SDRAM on-board memory. For storage, itincluded a 2.5" Ultra DMA/33 shock-mounted hard drive. Point 1600 At the time the STYLISTIC LT pen tablet was introduced in 1999, it was the smallest and lightest Pentium pen tablet computer running Windows 98. Weighing in at two pounds, the STYLISTIC LT was the first with a built-in LAN that could be used with the mini-dock. This was the first Fujitsu tablet PC that had a keypad built into the front of the system. The STYLISTIC LT had a 233 MHz Pentium processor, 64 MB of SDRAM, and a 4.3 GB hard drive. STYLISTIC LT 5 Tablet PC History
  6. 6. Whitepaper Fujitsu Tablet PC HistoryWhen the Fujitsu PenCentra 130 was introduced in 1999,it was the first pen tablet to support the Windows CEoperating system. The PenCentra 130 was designedprimarily for the needs of mobile workers in occupationssuch as field services, route sales, and home healthcare.The PenCentra 130 had everything needed to support fieldapplications in a two-pound, low-cost package. PenCentra 130 In 2000, the STYLISTIC 3400 was the first pen tablet computer to have processing power that was equivalent to a notebook computer. It was the first pen tablet that was close enough to a portable computer in terms of horsepower and connectivity to be considered a "primary mobile computer". Additionally, the STYLISTIC 3400 was the first pen tablet computer to use a Pentium III processor. The STYLISTIC 3400 was also the first pen tablet to employ a liquid-filled resistive (passive) digitizer. This digitizer provided substantially more glare reduction than any other pen tablet computer on the market. The STYLISTIC 3400 design helped to pique Microsofts interest in the viability of the tablet market and the development of the Tablet PC operating system, an effort in which Fujitsu partnered from the beginning. STYLISTIC 3400The Fujitsu PenCentra 200 tablet was designed fordurability. The easy-to-use design features a liquid filleddigitizer that responds to stylus and fingertip whileignoring your hand resting on the display. Built on theMicrosoft Windows CE operating system; and coupled witha long-life battery, the system offers a choice of indoor andoutdoor 8" displays and a wide variety of peripherals. PenCentra 200 6 Tablet PC History
  7. 7. Whitepaper Fujitsu Tablet PC History In 2000, the STYLISTIC LT C-500 was introduced. It was fast and lightweight. The LT-500 used a 500 MHz Intel Celeron™ processor, and a 100 MHz system bus. It came with 64 MB, 128 MB or 256 MB of SDRAM, and a 6 GB hard drive. The peripherals designed for the STYLISTIC LT were compatible with the LT C-500, so for customers upgrading their systems, costs associated with peripheral upgrades was minimized. STYLISTIC LT C-500In 2001, the STYLISTIC 3500 became the first pen tablet touse an Ultra Low Voltage chip.With a large 10.4" display and 500 MHz Intel Celeronprocessor, the STYLISTIC 3500 was available with a choiceof outdoor-viewable reflective or indoor-viewabletransmissive LCDs. The STYLISTIC 3500 has severalcustomized peripheral devices, including four dockingsolutions, external storage, two cases, and portable USB orwireless keyboards. STYLISTIC 3500The STYLISTIC LT P-600 was the first Pentium III tablet touse Intel® SpeedStep™ Technology. The tablet offers acombination of size, performance, and display solutions formaximum productivity. Weighing 2.7 lbs, the LT P-600 hasa choice of two active matrix displays—an indoor viewabletransmissive display and a viewable-everywheretransflective display. Introduced in 2001, the STYLISTIC LTP-600 comes equipped with an Intel® Ultra Low VoltagePentium® III 600 MHz Processor with EnhancedSpeedStep™ technology. The STYLISTIC LT P-600 Tablet PCprovides all the power and performance of a notebook, in asmall package. Additionally, the integrated PC Card slotallows the use of wireless LAN PC cards. STYLISTIC LT P-600 7 Tablet PC History
  8. 8. Whitepaper Fujitsu Tablet PC HistoryWhen Bill Gates took to the stage to officially launch theTablet PC on November 7, 2002, he was carrying a FujitsuSTYLISTIC ST4000 Tablet PC. With good reason. Fujitsuhas the longest, most successful record of buildingpen-enabled computers, with a history of continuousimprovement. The Tablet PC initiative was a naturalextension of the pen tablet systems Fujitsu had beenbuilding for over a dozen years. While a number ofcompetitors have built products based on the Tablet PCarchitecture, only Fujitsu has the history to back up itsclaim as the leader in the field.More World’s FirstsOver the following years, Fujitsu has continued to launch ST4000 Tablet PCnew tablet innovations, including the world’s first Tablet PCwith indoor/outdoor display, the STYLISTIC ST4011, andthe world’s first convertible notebook with a modular bayto weigh less than 2 kg, the LIFEBOOK T4010, in 2004. Thefollowing year, Fujitsu’s LIFEBOOK P1510 became theworld’s lightest convertible notebook, weighing just 1kgwith full performance.In 2007, Fujitsu launched the world’s first bi-directionalhinge on a notebook, the LIFEBOOK T4210, a lightweightnotebook with a screen that can be rotated in 360 degrees.The notebook also includes features such as Fujitsu’s shocksensor utility to protect the hard disk drive, anindoor/outdoor display, one-touch application launchbuttons and more. LIFEBOOK T4210 Building on all these innovations from the past 21 years, Fujitsu announced the STYLISTIC Q550 Slate PC in 2011, the first tablet PC designed for high-security enterprise requirements. The slate offers features for mobile workers to be more productive anytime, anywhere, combining a 10.1” wide-angle display, pen and multi-touch input, removable quick-swap battery and security features such as SmartCard reader, full disk encryption, and optional TPM. Running Microsoft Windows® 7 Professional operating system, the STYLISTIC Q550 integrates perfectly into existing IT infrastructures. STYLISTIC Q550 8 Tablet PC History
  9. 9. Whitepaper Fujitsu Tablet PC HistoryWhere we are today2012 became another milestone in Fujitsu’s tablet historywith an expansion of the tablet portfolio and two Fujitsu’sfirsts. The STYLISTIC M532 became Fujitsu’s firstAndroid-based media tablet with a clear business andprivate focus, allowing users to get the best of both worlds.The ultra-slim and lightweight 560g media tablet with a25.7 cm (10.1-inch) display provides highest security andusability for mobile professionals in SME, allowing anytimeavailability of enterprise data. It can smoothly beintegrated into companys Virtual Desktop Infrastructure(VDI) with pre-installed VDI apps adequate for Citrix,VMware and Microsoft environments. Hence, it ensuressecure access to everyday business applications andcompany intranet, guaranteeing productivity fromanywhere. With its ready-to-use software, corporateexchange email, calendar and contacts can easily be STYLISTIC M532 Media Tabletmanaged while all sensitive data stays protected. Another highlight in 2012 has been the STYLISTIC Q702 – Fujitsu’s first hybrid Tablet PC offering highest performance due to Intel® Core™ processors and Intel® vPro technology for improved manageability. With its attachable keyboard which can easily be clicked into place, the tablet can be converted into a traditional notebook to ensure improved content creation and usability in the office. The 29.5 cm (11.6-inch) display with pen and finger input support offers excellent flexibility while the sleek and extra-slim design makes the 850 g tablet PC an attractive full-time companion. Ultimate security features like Advanced Theft Protection and integrated fingerprint sensor as well as the latest connectivity standard 4G/LTE complete the picture of a professional tablet. STYLISTIC Q702 Hybrid Tablet PCWe’re proud of the role Fujitsu has played in the development of the Tablet PC and there surely will follow many other generationsof tablets to complete Fujitsu’s success story.Contact All rights reserved, including intellectual property rights. Technical data subject to modifications and delivery subjectFUJITSU TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS to availability. Any liability that the data and illustrations are complete, actual or correct is excluded. DesignationsAddress: Bgm-Ulrich-Str. 100, Augsburg, 86199, Germany may be trademarks and/or copyrights of the respective manufacturer, the use of which by third parties for their ownPhone: +49 821 804 2586 purposes may infringe the rights of such owner. For further information see +49 821 804 82586 Copyright © Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH 2010, 2011, 2012E-mail: 9 Tablet PC History