Toshiba Celebrates 20 Years In Notebook Market

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Irvine, Calif. — Toshiba celebrated the 20th anniversary of its first notebook computer today with the introduction of several new business models and the launch of an updated Libretto-branded ultra portable.

Twenty years ago Toshiba unveiled the T1100. For a computer geek, the 9-pound machine’s feature set is a true trip down memory lane. The T1100 used an Intel 4.77Mhz 80C88 processor, and it ran on Microsoft’s MS-DOS 2.11 operating system. Its storage capabilities consisted of a 720Kb 3.5-inch floppy drive and 512Kb of RAM. The black and white, 9.1-inch display had a 640 by 200 screen resolution and there was an optional 14.4Kbps modem. The price tag was in excess of $4,000.

The following years saw Toshiba add an Intel 286 processor to the unit and an internal hard drive. The first internal CD-ROM did not appear until 1995, the year after Toshiba picked up Intel’s new Pentium processor line.

The company’s celebratory launch on April 20 included a newly revamped U100 Libretto along with several Tecra business class units. A company spokesman said consumer models in honor of the 20th anniversary will be announced in May.

The Libretto, originally rolled out in 1996 as the industry’s first ultra-portable notebook, has been updated to include an Intel Pentium M processor with ultra-low-voltage technology running 1.2GHz, a 7.2-inch display, 512MB of RAM, 60GB hard drive, and 802.11g wireless; the unit weighs in at 2.16 pounds. It is not intended for the consumer market but will sell through distribution with a $1,999 suggested price.


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