Digital Product Technologies Fostered by 25 Years of Notebook PC History
Internet-Driven Evolution of Digital Devices and Progress of PCs
History of Toshiba Notebook PCs and Global PC Market from 1985 to 2010
Twenty-five years have passed since Toshiba launched the T1100 laptop PC, the world's first commercial laptop PC, in Europe in 1985. Since then, the global market for portable PCs has grown to an annual output of about 200 million units in 2010, and is expected to continue expanding in the future.
As a pioneering company in the field of portable PCs, we have significantly contributed to the development of the portable PC market by making continuous efforts to launch various groundbreaking products. We are now aiming to drive the global portable PC market by introducing portable PCs that anyone can use anytime, anywhere in the world.
Technologies for Thin and Lightweight Mobile Notebook PCs Supporting dynabookTM RX3
TSUJI Hiroyuki / NISHIYAMA Shigeki
Toshiba has been promoting thin profiles and light weight in the design of mobile notebook PCs since it launched the world's first commercial laptop PC. However, restrictions such as the mounting area of printed circuit boards (PCBs), height of parts, shape of units, and so on place limits on the realization of thinner products. Furthermore, the trend toward both increased power consumption of central processing units (CPUs) and additional parts in response to the market demand for high performance and functionality in recent years makes it difficult to achieve the downsizing of notebook PCs.
With this as a background, we have developed the dynabook RX3 slim and powerful mobile notebook PC. This model achieves a thin profile and light weight as well as high performance and functionality.
librettoTM W100 Dual Touch-Screen Mini-Notebook PC with New User Interfaces
TAKAHASHI Toshio / HONDA Yoshinori / WATANABE Gen
Toshiba has developed the libretto W100, the world's first dual touch-screen Windows® mini-notebook PC, as one of its 25th anniversary PC models. The libretto W100 is a compact clamshell type device equipped with dual 7.0-inch, 1,024 x 600-pixel liquid crystal displays (LCDs) that offer a display equivalent to a 9.3-inch, 1,024 x 1,200-pixel LCD. The dual touch-screen LCDs and newly developed display control technologies make it possible to utilize the libretto W100 either as a notebook PC by using the display as a haptic keyboard, or as an e-book reader that displays a double-page spread when held vertically. This model also has a light weight of approximately 699 g, achieved by applying our proprietary high-density packaging technologies.
dynabookTM AZ Cloudbook PC Achieving Mobility of Smartphone and Usability of Notebook PC
ANDO Motoaki / YANO Keijiro / WATANABE Hiroyuki
Toshiba has developed the dynabook AZ, one of its 25th anniversary PC models, belonging to the new "cloudbook" category that offers users a new laptop experience in the cloud computing era. The dynabook AZ is a clamshell type device featuring the NVIDIA® TegraTM 250 processor, a 10.1-inch wide liquid crystal display (LCD), and a nearly full-size keyboard on the AndroidTM 2.1 platform. This model provides quick responsiveness and long battery life similar to the performance of a smartphone, together with high operability similar to that of a notebook PC, allowing users to easily read and write e-mails and to comfortably browse the Internet. Furthermore, to increase the usability of this device, several shortcut keys and a unique user interface called the Toshiba Home Menu facilitate easy access to and navigation of applications.
dynabookTM QosmioTM DX All-in-One AV PC
TAKAKUSAKI Masahiko / IWATA Takeshi / MOMOSAKI Kohei
All-in-one PCs integrating a liquid crystal display (LCD), CPU and logic boards, and peripheral equipment are spreading into the mainstream of desktop PCs for home use in the Japanese market, and demand has been growing in recent years for the addition of functions for the reception and recording of digital terrestrial TV programs.
Toshiba has developed the dynabook Qosmio DX all-in-one audiovisual (AV) PC utilizing the full spectrum of both hardware and software technologies of the Qosmio series notebook PCs. With a stylish appearance inherited from the REGZATM series digital high-definition (HD) TVs, the dynabook Qosmio DX offers high-quality sound and HD images as well as a wide array of AV functions.
dynabookTM TX/98MBL Stereoscopic 3D Notebook PC
With the widespread dissemination of stereoscopic 3D technology in recent years, a broad assortment of stereoscopic 3D devices have come into use in various situations accompanying efforts toward the standardization of 3D video contents. Demand has been growing for the playing of Blu-ray 3D titles and 3D game contents even on notebook PCs.
Toshiba has developed the dynabook TX/98MBL stereoscopic 3D notebook PC equipped with the NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS350M high-performance graphics processing unit and the NVIDIA® 3D VisionTM platform, giving this model the capability to play Blu-ray 3D titles with high-quality images and many existing games as stereoscopic 3D games.