IN PICTURES: 30 years of Fujitsu computing

In 1981, Fujitsu entered the consumer PC space with its first 8-bit PC, the FM-8, and the enterprise market with the FACOM9450. Since then, Fujitsu has continued to innovate to become one of the leading PC brands around the world, as well as the top notebook vendor in its native home turf of Japan as well. Fujitsu PC Australia country manager, Bert Moah, attributes Fujitsu’s success to the four value statements of innovation, reliability, human-centric and green embodied in the company’s PC products. “Our products are all designed with the end users in mind, resulting in innovations that are reliable and eco-friendly,” he said. “These innovations offer users the ability to work and live in a manner that stays true to Fujitsu’s brand promise of ‘Shaping tomorrow with you’ and our strong product quality belief of ‘Built-in Confidence.’” With tablet devices all the rage now, it’s interesting to note that Fujitsu was a pioneer in the segment, having released the world’s first one pound-class handheld computer, the Poqet PC, in 1990, and the pen tablet PC, the Poqet Pad, in 1991.

  • The FACOM 9450 was released in October 1981 and targeted the enterprise market with simplified spreadsheet software such as EPOCALC and the JEDITOR word processor software

  • The FM-8 (Fujitsu Micro-8) was released in May 1981 and measured at 490 x 330 x 110mm, with an overall weight of 6kg

  • The Poqet Pad was released in 1991 and marked the first release of a pen tablet by Fujitsu

  • The Poqet PC was released in 1990 and was the first one-pount class handheld computer. It was capable of running MS-DOS and was powered by only two AA batteries

  • Fujitsu's 0-Watt PC was first unveiled at CeBIT 2009 in Hannover. A world first, the 0-Watt PC does not consume any power when in off-mode or hibernating while still being administrable

  • 2010-2011, Fujitsu's PCs reach a new level of sophistication

  • In February 2011, Fujitsu launched the Stylistic Q550 tablet targeted at bsuness that require high security from their mobile enterprise computing experience

  • 1987-1991, Fujitsu takes the first steps into mobile computing

  • The FM Towns Marty was released exclusively in Japan in February 1993, and was the first 32-bit home video game system on the market, a year before the release of the Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn. It came fitted with a CD-ROM drive and disk drive, and was backward compatible with FM Towns games

  • In 2004, Fujitsu released the LifeBook T4010D, a convertible notebook that turned into a tablet PC with a twist of its swivel-hinged display

  • 1992-1997, Fujitu's PC line-up matures

  • The FM Towns was produced by Fujitsu from February 1989 to the summer of 1997, and was the first PC in the world to be fitted with a CD-ROM drive

  • The the Fujitsu LifeBook T4210 was released in 2006 and featured a bi-directional display hinge for turning the screen in any direction, a world first

  • 1981-1985, the birth of Fujitsu's PC line-up

  • The FM-16 Pi was released in 1985 and was Fujitsu's first portable type PC

  • 2006-2007, Fujitsu's notebooks incorporate swivel displays for a tablet experience

  • Fujitsu's first foray into IBM/PC-AT compatible desktop PCs was with the FMV range in 1993

  • The Stylistic 500 was released in 1994 and featured an Intel 468DX2 50mhz processor and a monochrome screen

  • The FMV BIBLO LOOX range of notebooks in 2000 featured a large 1280x768 screen, a swappable DVD/CD-RW combo for a large capacity battery, built-in 10/100 LAN connection, and some models were fitted with a 74kbps wireless network adaptor, a world first feature

  • 2008-2009, new level of energy efficieny attained

  • 1998-2005, innovation in Fujitsu's notebooks take place

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