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12 Years of Experience, 19 Generations of Improvements
When the Microsoft Windows XP for Tablet PC operating system was in...
Over the years, Fujitsu has not only dominated the pen-enabled computer market, but also the related
technological advance...
In the beginning, there was Poqet…
In 1989, in partnership with Fujitsu, the Poqet
Computer Corporation announced the arri...
When the PoqetPad Plus was introduced in 1993, it
                                                        had the same for...
In 1996, the Stylistic 1000 was introduced. At the
time, it was the smallest, fastest and lightest pen tablet
computer on ...
One of the strongest supporters of the pen tablet
technology has always been the healthcare industry.
When the Point 510 w...
At the time the Stylistic LT pen tablet was introduced
                                                           in 1999,...
The Fujitsu PenCentra 200 tablet was designed for
durability. The easy-to-use design features a liquid
filled digitizer th...
The Stylistic LT P-600 was the first Pentium III tablet to
use Intel® SpeedStep™ Technology. The tablet offers
a combinati...
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  1. 1. 12 Years of Experience, 19 Generations of Improvements When the Microsoft Windows XP for Tablet PC operating system was introduced in November, there was a lot of buzz about the "new" Tablet PC technology. While the operating system is certainly new, pen-based computing has been around since the early 1990s, and Fujitsu has been a major part of the story right from the beginning. Over the past twelve years, the pen tablet market was primarily directed towards a "vertical market". A vertical market is one in which the manufacturer sells to industries with application-based needs that would benefit most from the product. In the case of the pen tablet products, Fujitsu primarily marketed to health care, insurance, and sales force companies who required the ability to customize the tablets with their project-based applications. That way, they could be sure all of their representatives could share common data. When Microsoft developed Microsoft Windows XP for Tablet PC, they did for the mass market user what the various vertical market vendors been doing for years for their customers. They created a standard platform so all Tablet PC users would have the same expectations, regardless of the hardware manufacturer. Fujitsu has more experience than all the other Tablet PC manufacturers combined. Putting out any new product is largely an exercise in trial and error. Fujitsu had those experiences long ago, and the past several years have been devoted to incorporating innovations and improvements rather than fixing problems. We have developed 19 distinct generations of tablets (pictured below). That number doesn’t include any of the mid-generation advances, such as the creation of wireless versions. 1 Point 1600 10 Point 510 2 PenCentra 130 11 Stylistic 2300 3 PoqetPad Plus 12 Poqet PC (docked) 13 Stylistic 3500 4 Stylistic 1200 14 Stylistic 3400 5 Stylistic 500 15 PenCentra 200 6 Stylistic LT 16 PoqetPad 7 Stylistic ST4000 17 325 Point 8 Stylistic LT C-500 18 Stylistic 1000 9 Poqet PC Plus 19 Stylistic LT P-600
  2. 2. Over the years, Fujitsu has not only dominated the pen-enabled computer market, but also the related technological advancements. Fujitsu is proud of its tradition of introducing new technologies into its tablets. Over the years, Fujitsu has been responsible for most of the "giant steps" the industry has taken. Let’s take a look at its place in tablet history, and how Fujitsu products first implemented just about all the significant developments in what was to become the Tablet PC. First, a quick look at some of the "industry firsts" for which Fujitsu tablets were responsible: 1993: First pen tablet to use an integrated wireless LAN 1993: First pen tablet to offer four different operating systems 1993: First pen tablet to use a PCMCIA Type III hard drive as the main storage device 1994: First pen tablet to use a magnesium frame and co-molding (with plastic and rubber). 1994: First pen tablet to use an off-the-shelf battery pack rather than a custom pack 1994: First pen tablet to offer Windows 95 as its operating system 1997: First commercially available pen tablet to run Windows NT. 1997: First pen tablet computer to use USB ports 1997: First pen tablet to use a 128-bit video controller 1997: First pen tablet to use Zoomed Video. 1997: First pen tablet to offer all four display technologies: TFT color, DSTN color, transmissive monochrome, and transflective monochrome. 1997: First "radio-ready" pen tablet computer 1997: First pen tablet designed specifically for use in the healthcare industry 1998: First pen tablet to use a color transflective display for indoor/outdoor use 1999: First pen tablet to employ a liquid-filled resistive (passive) digitizer 1999: First pen tablet to support the Windows CE H/PC Pro operating system 2000: First pen tablet computer to have processing power that was equivalent to a notebook computer 2000: First pen tablet computer to use a Pentium III processor 2001: First pen tablet to use Ultra Low Voltage chip 2001: First Pentium III pen tablet to use Intel SpeedStep Technology 2003: First Tablet PC with indoor/outdoor display
  3. 3. In the beginning, there was Poqet… In 1989, in partnership with Fujitsu, the Poqet Computer Corporation announced the arrival of the Poqet PC. When it began shipping in March of 1990, the Poqet PC was the world’s first hand-held, one- pound, IBM/PC-XT-compatible computer. About the size of a videocassette, the Poqet PC was fully MS- DOS compatible. Its processor was a 8088, running at 8 MHz. The battery life was 2 to 3 weeks, and it boasted 640 KB of SRAM. At the time of its announcement, PC Magazine awarded the Poqet PC with the Award for Technical Excellence in the "portables" category, Byte Magazine gave the Poqet PC the 1989 "Award of Distinction", and, in September of 1989, Andrew Seybold called the Poqet PC "the most exciting advancement in personal 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 founded 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 PoqetPad with an NEC V20 CPU chip running at 7 MHz. In 1992, Fujitsu took over Poqet Computer Corp. and embarked on a hugely successful journey to become market leader in pen-based computing. In 1993, Fujitsu released an updated version of the Poqet PC: the Poqet PC Plus. The Poqet PC Plus contained an NEC V30 chip, and the processor speed was 16 MHz. The transflective Poqet PC Plus display was an improvement over the Poqet PC’s reflective screen. The PoqetPad Plus RF was released shortly thereafter, and was the first pen tablet to use an integrated wireless LAN. Poqet PC Plus
  4. 4. 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 Plus Then there was Windows… In 1993, Fujitsu also introduced the 325 Point, which was one of the first pen tablets capable of running Microsoft Windows for Pen Computing. The 325 Point was also the first pen tablet to offer four different operating systems. Along with Windows for Pen Computing, it offered MS-DOS with PenRight!, PenDOS, PenPoint. The 325 Point was the first pen tablet to use a PCMCIA Type III 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 with backlighting, 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.
  5. 5. In 1996, the Stylistic 1000 was introduced. At the time, it was the smallest, fastest and lightest pen tablet computer on the market. It was a real "speed-demon", running at 100 MHz on an AMD AM486 DX4 processor, and was considered a significant breakthrough in pen tablet design. The Stylistic 1000 used Windows 95 as its operating 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 Space Shuttle Columbia by Astronaut Kalpana Chawla, who would later die in the unfortunate Columbia disaster. The pen tablet was strapped to her thigh when the shuttle blasted off, and connected to the shuttle's on- board computer system. The tablet was used to Stylistic 1000 display data from the shuttle's own system about the shuttle's location relative to the Earth. Before this method was devised, landing information was available only on paper printouts. Brought to market in 1997, the Fujitsu Stylistic 1200 It was the first pen tablet computer to use USB ports, a was responsible for a number of pen tablet firsts. It 128-bit video controller, and Zoomed Video. These all was the first commercially available pen tablet to run became industry standards after the Stylistic 1200 Windows NT. 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 Pentium chip (running at 120 MHz). Stylistic 1200
  6. 6. One of the strongest supporters of the pen tablet technology has always been the healthcare industry. When the Point 510 was introduced in 1997, it became the first pen tablet to be specifically designed for use in healthcare. It was the first pen tablet to offer all of the key elements that 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 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 2300 The Point 1600 was essentially an improved version of the Point 510. Externally, it was identical, so the peripherals designed for the Point 510 could also be used with the Point 1600. It had a Pentium® 166 MHz MMX™ processor and 32 MB SDRAM on-board memory. For storage, it included a 2.5" Ultra DMA/33 shock-mounted hard drive. Point 1600
  7. 7. 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 When the Fujitsu PenCentra 130 was introduced in 1999, it was the first pen tablet to support the Windows CE operating system. The PenCentra 130 was designed primarily for the needs of mobile workers in occupations such as field services, route sales, and home healthcare. The PenCentra 130 had everything needed to support field applications 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 Microsoft's 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 3400
  8. 8. The Fujitsu PenCentra 200 tablet was designed for durability. The easy-to-use design features a liquid filled digitizer that responds to stylus and fingertip while ignoring your hand resting on the display. Built on the Microsoft Windows CE operating system; and coupled with a long-life battery, the system offers a choice of indoor and outdoor 8" displays and a wide variety of peripherals. PenCentra 200 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-500 In 2001, the Stylistic 3500 became the first pen tablet to use an Ultra Low Voltage chip. With a large 10.4" display and 500 MHz Intel Celeron processor, the Stylistic 3500 was available with a choice of outdoor-viewable reflective or indoor- viewable transmissive LCDs. The Stylistic 3500 has several customized peripheral devices, including four docking solutions, external storage, two cases, and portable USB or wireless keyboards. Stylistic 3500
  9. 9. The Stylistic LT P-600 was the first Pentium III tablet to use Intel® SpeedStep™ Technology. The tablet offers a combination of size, performance, and display solutions for maximum productivity. Weighing 2.7 lbs, the LT P-600 has a choice of two active matrix displays—an indoor viewable transmissive display and a viewable-everywhere transflective display. Introduced in 2001, the Stylistic LT P-600 comes ® ® equipped with an Intel Ultra Low Voltage Pentium III 600 MHz Processor with Enhanced SpeedStep™ technology. The Stylistic LT P-600 Tablet PC provides all the power and performance of a notebook, in a small package. Additionally, the integrated PC Card slot allows the use of wireless LAN PC cards. Stylistic LT P-600 When Bill Gates took to the stage to officially launch the Tablet PC on November 7, 2002, he was carrying a Fujitsu Stylistic ST4000 Tablet PC. With good reason. Fujitsu has the longest, most successful record of building pen-enabled computers, with a history of continuous improvement. The Tablet PC initiative was a natural extension of the pen tablet systems Fujitsu had been building for over a dozen years. While a number of competitors have built products based on the Tablet PC architecture, only Fujitsu has the history to back up its claim as the leader in the field. We’re proud of the role Fujitsu has played in the development of the Tablet PC initiative. ST4000 Tablet PC

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