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Aware of the importance of future mobile systems, Tokyo Research Laboratory in February 1987 began to investigate the desirable architecture and functions of such systems. At the beginning of 1989, we completed an actual working model, compact workstation. The demonstration of the working model attracted great attention in IBM and won corporate recognition of IBM Japan's capability for designing portable PCs. Finally, it resulted in IBM Japan's being given the worldwide responsibility for notebook PC development.
TRL's compact workstation was a real operational PC with a battery, and had many exploratory features as well as a sophisticated shape designed by Richard Sapper, a famous industrial designer.
(Right) TRL's compact workstation open like a desktop PC for normal usage.
fully open flat configuration on a desk (left) and folded configuration (right).
on the top of an OHP, with the LCD backlight removed.