Lenovo Group Limited, often shortened to Lenovo, is a Chinese-American multinational technology company specializing in designing, manufacturing, and marketing consumer electronics, personal computers, software, business solutions, and related services.
Lenovo was founded in Beijing on 1 November 1984 as Legend by a team of engineers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Initially specializing in televisions, the company migrated towards manufacturing and marketing computers. Lenovo grew to become the market leader in China and raised nearly US$30 million in an initial public offering on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Since the 1990s, Lenovo has increasingly diversified from the personal computer market and made a number of corporate acquisitions, with the most notable being acquiring and integrating most of IBM's personal computer business and its x86-based server business as well as creating its own smartphone.
In 1988, Legend's Chinese-character card receives the highest National Science-Technology Progress Award in China. Legend Hong Kong is established.
In 1990, The very first Legend PC is launched in the market as the company shifts to a producer and seller of its own branded computer products.
In 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.
In 1993, Legend enters the Pentium era, producing China's first "586" PC.
In 1994, IBM PCD introduces the industry's first notebook with integrated CD-ROM, the ThinkPad 755CD.
In 1995, Legend introduces the first Legend-brand server.
In 1996, Legend becomes the market share leader in China for the first time. Legend introduces the first Legend brand laptop.
In 1997, IBM PCD introduces the industry's first notebook equipped with a DVD-ROM, the ThinkPad 770.
In 1998, 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.
In 1999, Legend becomes the top PC vendor in the Asia-Pacific region.
In 2000, IBM PCD ships its 10-millionth ThinkPad notebook PC. Legend becomes a constituent stock of the Hang Seng Index - HK.
In 2001, An IBM notebook with an embedded security chip becomes the first notebook certified by the Trusted Computing Platform Alliance, an industry body setting data security standards.
In 2002, 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.
In 2003, Legend announces the birth of its new "Lenovo" logo to prepare for its expansion into the overseas market.
In 2004, IBM PCD introduces the first notebook with an integrated fingerprint reader.
In 2006, Lenovo technology flawlessly supports the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, supplying 5,000 desktop PCs, 350 servers and 1,000 notebook computers.
In 2007, The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games selects a Lenovo-designed Olympic Torch as the winning design from among 300 entries.
In 2008, Lenovo enters the worldwide consumer PC market with new Idea brand.
Lenovo's ThinkPad X300 is called "the best laptop ever" by BusinessWeek magazine.
In 2009, Lenovo becomes senior technology sponsor for the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. Lenovo sells its 1 millionth Idea Product.
In 2010, Lenovo introduces LePhone, its first smartphone
In 2011, Lenovo forms a joint venture with NEC, creating the largest PC company in Japan.
In 2013, Lenovo becomes the world's #1 PC company. Lenovo reaches #329 in the Fortune 500 list of the world's largest companies. Lenovo becomes the world's #3 smartphone company
In 2015, Lenovo sells its 100 millionth ThinkPad.
In 2016, Lenovo collaborates with Google to develop the world’s first mobile device with 3D motion tracking and depth sensing.
In 2018, Lenovo became the world's largest provider for the TOP500 supercomputers
As of January 2021, Lenovo is the world's largest personal computer vendor by unit sales
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