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  1981  IBM PCD introduces its first personal computer, the IBM PC

  1984  IBM PCD introduces its first portable computer, the IBM Portable PC, weighing 30 pounds.

            With an initial capital outlay of only RMB200,000, (US$25,000) Lenovo’s founding chairman Liu Chuanzhi,             together with 10 like-minded colleagues, launches the New Technology Developer Inc. (the predecessor of the             Legend Group) funded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

  1986  IBM PCD announces its first laptop computer, the PC Convertible, weighing 12 pounds.

  1987  IBM PCD announces the Personal System/2 personal computer.

            Legend successfully rolls out the Legend Chinese-character card.

  1988  Legend’s Chinese-character card receives the highest National Science-Technology Progress Award in China.

            Legend Hong Kong is established.

  1989  IBM PCD announces the Personal System/2 personal computer.


  1990  The very first Legend PC is launched in the market. Legend changes its role from that of an agent for imported             computer products into that of a producer and seller of its own branded computer products. Legend PCs are             ratified and accepted by the China Torch Program.

  1992  IBM PCD introduces ThinkPad, the industry’s first notebook with a 10.4 inch color Thin Film Transistor (TFT)             display and a TrackPoint (red ball) pointing device.

            Legend pioneers the home PC concept and Legend 1 + 1 home PCs enter the Chinese marketplace.

  1993  Legend enters the Pentium era, producing China’s first "586" PC. Legend establishes 1+1 retail network.

  1994  IBM PCD introduces the industry’s first notebook with integrated CD-ROM, the ThinkPad 755CD.

            Legend is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The Legend PC business division is formally established.

  1995  IBM PCD introduces the “butterfly” keyboard.

            IBM PCD moves from Boca Raton, Florida, to Raleigh, North Carolina.

            Legend introduces the first Legend-brand server.

  1996  Legend becomes the market share leader in China for the first time.

            Legend introduces the first Legend brand laptop.

  1997  IBM PCD introduces the industry’s first notebook equipped with a DVD-ROM, the ThinkPad 770.

            Legend signs an Intellectual Property agreement with Microsoft, the most valuable deal ever made in China at the

            Legend launches the first multi-function laser printer.

  1998  IBM PCD introduces the industry’s first ThinkLight, a small light that illuminates the keyboard in low-light work             environments, such as onboard an airplane.

            The millionth Legend PC comes off the production line. Intel Chairman Andy Grove attends the ceremony, and             takes the PC for Intel’s museum collection.

            Legend establishes the first Legend Shop.

  1999  IBM PCD introduces the industry’s first mini-notebook, weighing under three pounds, with standard ports and a             keyboard that is 95 percent of full-size.

            IBM PCD announces its exit from the retail business.

            IBM PCD introduces the industry’s first PC with an embedded security chip.

            Legend becomes the top PC vendor in the Asia-Pacific region and heads the Chinese national Top 100             Electronic Enterprises ranking.

            Legend launches pioneering Internet PC, with its "one-touch-to-the-net" feature, which enables millions of             Chinese PC users to easily access the Internet.


  2000  IBM PCD ships its 10-millionth ThinkPad notebook PC.

            Legend becomes a constituent stock of the Hang Seng Index - HK.

            Legend ranked in top 10 of world's best managed PC venders.

  2001  An IBM notebook with an embedded security chip becomes the industry’s first notebook to be certified by the             Trusted Computing Platform Alliance, an industry body setting data security standards.

            Legend successfully spins off Digital China Co. Ltd., which is separately listed on the Hong Kong Stock

            Legend appoints Yuanqing Yang President and CEO.

            Legend first introduces "digital home" concept and launches accessories-enabling PC.

  2002  IBM PCD introduces ImageUltra and Rapid Restore, the first automatic data recovery technologies of their             kind.

            IBM PCD announces desktop PC outsourcing pact with Sanmina-SCI.

            Legend launches its first technological innovation convention, “Legend World 2002,” which opens up Legend’s             “Technology Era”. Legend introduces its visionary concept for the future of technological development and             applications, its Collaborating Applications project, as well as its strategies for implementing Collaborating             Applications.

            Legend’s supercomputer, the DeepComp 1800 makes its debut. It is China’s first computer with 1,000 GFLOP             (floating point operations per second) and China’s fastest computer for civilian use, ranked 43rd in the Top 500             list of the world’s fastest computers.

  2003  IBM PCD introduces the industry’s first notebook with an extended battery life of up to 11 hours.

            IBM PCD introduces its ThinkCentre desktop PC line.

            IBM PCD introduces its Active Protection System, the industry’s first notebook with an airbag for hard drive             and data protection in case the system is dropped.

            IBM PCD ships its 20-millionth ThinkPad notebook PC.

            IBM PCD introduces its ThinkCentre desktop PC line.

            Legend announces the birth of its new "Lenovo" logo to prepare for its expansion into the overseas market.

            Based on the collaborative application technology, Lenovo initiates IGRS Working Group, in cooperation with a             few large companies and the Chinese Ministry of the Information Industry, to promote the formation of the             industrial standard.

            Lenovo launches a Tech RoadShow 2003 nationwide to promote Lenovo's innovation.

            Lenovo successfully develops DeepComp 6800 in November 2003. It ranks 14th on the global list.

  2004  IBM PCD introduces the ThinkCentre ultra small desktop PC, no larger than a box of corn flakes.

            IBM PCD introduces the first notebook with an integrated fingerprint reader.

            IBM PCD ships its 100-millionth PC (counting both desktop and notebook computers).

            Lenovo becomes an Olympic worldwide partner. It is the first Chinese company to become a computer             technology equipment partner of the IOC.

            Lenovo decides to develop the rural market by launching the "Yuanmeng" PC series designed for township home             users.

            Lenovo and IBM announce an agreement by which Lenovo will acquire IBM’s Personal Computing Division, its             global PC (desktop and notebook computer) business. The acquisition forms a top-tier (third-largest) global PC             leader.

  2005  Lenovo completes the acquisition of IBM's Personal Computing Division, making it a new international IT             competitor and the third-largest personal computer company in the world.

            Lenovo announces the closing of a US$350 million strategic investment by three leading private equity firms:             Texas Pacific Group, General Atlantic LLC and Newbridge Capital LLC.

            Lenovo establishes a new Innovation Center in Research Triangle Park, N.C., to enable customers, business             partners, solution providers and independent software vendors to collaborate on new personal computing             solutions.

            Lenovo introduces the industry's thinnest, lightest and most secure Tablet PC, the ThinkPad X41 Tablet.

            Lenovo introduces the first widescreen ThinkPad with embedded wireless WAN, the ThinkPad Z60, available             for the first time with a titanium cover.

            Lenovo becomes the world's largest provider of biometric-enabled PCs by selling its one-millionth PC with an             integrated fingerprint reader.

            William J. Amelio is appointed as CEO and President of Lenovo.

  2006  Lenovo introduces the first dual-core ThinkPad notebook PCs, improving productivity and extending battery life             for up to 11 hours.

            Lenovo technology flawlessly supports the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, supplying 5,000             desktop PCs, 350 servers and 1,000 notebook computers. Lenovo also hosts seven Internet i.lounges for use             by Olympic athletes and visitors.

            The first Lenovo-branded products outside of China debut worldwide. Researchers, scientists and product             design teams from around the world combine Lenovo's heritage in enterprise and consumer PC technology to             design the Lenovo 3000 product line, which features new desktop and notebook models specifically designed to             provide worry-free computing to the small business market segment.