Toshiba Unveils Mini-Notebook PC|
17 April, 1996
World's Smallest and Lightest PC with Windows 95 Launched in Japan
TOKYO -- Toshiba Corporation today announced the introduction of the
world's first mini-notebook personal computer to combine super-small
dimensions and light weight with the power and capabilities of a
design running Windows 95 and its application software. The new notebook PC,
Libretto 20, is available from today, in the Japanese market only.
Libretto 20, is only 210mm x 115mm x 34mm and weighs in as a super-
featherweight at approximately 840g, yet it incorporates a 65,536
TFT color LCD, an 88-key keyboard, a newly designed pointing device, a
high-capacity lithium-ion secondary battery and super-thin hard disk drive.
Microsoft Windows 95 is pre-installed, giving users access to the
and Windows libraries of application software. Key business application
software, including Microsoft Works for Windows 95 and Lotus Organizer
R2.1J, is also pre-installed.
Libretto 20's size is not at the expense of functionality. The mini-notebook
incorporates a high-performance CPU, equivalent to DX4 with a clock speed of
75MHz, and 8 megabytes (MB) of main memory, expandable all the way to
20MB. System expandability is provided by a single Type II PCMCIA card slot,
allowing Libretto 20 to use card modems, CD-ROM drives and other add-on
devices developed for notebook computers.
Toshiba expects Libretto 20 to meet demand for a wallet-sized PC weighing
less than one kilogram that maintains full compatibility with the subnotebook,
notebook and desktop PCs used in business. Libretto 20 is the first mini-size
notebook PC to incorporate Windows 95 and to bring its ease-of-use to this
segment of the PC market.
Introducing Libretto 20
Main features of the Libretto 20 Mini-Notebook PC
- The world's smallest and lightest computer capable of running Windows 95
results from Toshiba's development of a new high-performance LSI integrating
the main chip sets, and a new 8.45mm super-slim 2.5-inch HDD with a 270MB
capacity. Compactness does not sacrifice ease-of-use: Libretto 20's 88-key
keyboard is compatible with the 106-key OADG DOS/V keyboard that is
standard for DOS/V personal computers in Japan. A newly developed pointing
device allows one-handed operation.
- High-speed graphic accelerator, CL-GD7548, allows simultaneous display of
65,536 colors on a 6.1-inch TFT color LCD.
- Small AC adapter (100 x 50 x 25mm) and lithium ion battery, the latter
good for 2-3 hours of operation from a single charge. An optional
large-volume battery pack allows up to 6 hours of operation.
- High-speed CPU, equivalent to DX4 (75MHz). Main memory is 8MB,
expandable up to 20MB.
- One PCMCIA slot (Type II) offers expandability and supports a wide range
of PC cards, including a SCSI card facilitating connection to a CD-ROM drive
and an asynchronous modem card for PC communications. Further expansion is
provided by an optional floppy disk drive and an adapter for a Type III PC
- A wide range of pre-installed software: Windows 95, plus a wide range of
useful business applications, including Microsoft Works integrated
software, Lotus Organizer R2.1J personal information manager software, a
software guide to Japanese rail routes, timetables and fares, and a
Japanese-English dictionary. The software is compressed for installation
in the 270MB
2.5-inch HDD, reserving approximately 120MB capacity for users' other
software and documents. (CTA model).
- Libretto 20 supports PC to PC and peripheral communication via an
infrared communication interface that meets both the IrDA and ASK standards.
- Resume, which holds the contents of the memory when the computer is
switched off, is enhanced by a hibernation function that stores the
memory in the hard disk drive as a precaution against sudden loss of battery
- In addition to the incorporated I/O adapter for serial and printer
optional floppy disk drive (via PC card) and an optional
PC card adapter for a
Type III PC card are also available.
- Microsoft Internet Explorer is also pre-installed. Users with
an optional modem card who subscribe to an on-line service can use it
to surf the Internet.
- Libretto: From the Italian, 'small book.'
- IrDA: is the Infrared Data Association. A standard protocol
for infrared data transmission now supported by more than 80 companies,
including HP, DEC and IBM.
- ASK: a method for infrared data transmission developed by Sharp
and used in its Zaurus electronic organizer.
Main specifications of Liberetto 20
- MS-DOS, Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft
- The official name of Windows is the Microsoft Windows Operating System.