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Wacom Penabled Delivers Advanced Digital Pen Performance to Industry's Thinnest, Lightest Convertible Tablet PC.

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Latest ThinkPad X41 Tablet From Lenovo Employs Wacom's Digital Pen Technology Featuring Enhanced Pressure-Sensitivity for Superior Control

Wacom, the leading pen tablet manufacturer, announced today that its Penabled(R) cordless, battery-free pen technology has been selected for the Lenovo ThinkPad X41 Tablet - the first convertible Tablet PC from the ThinkPad portfolio. The ThinkPad X41 Tablet boasts the lightest weight, and the longest standard battery life of any 12-inch convertible tablet.

Powered by Wacom's Penabled technology, convertible tablet PCs offer mobile professionals the choice of working in two ways - as a tablet with digital pen, or as a traditional notebook PC. When used as a tablet PC, digital ink is captured by the ThinkPad X41 Tablet from the Wacom Penabled electronic pen. Designed to create a natural and intuitive feel, the pen provides 256 levels of pressure-sensitivity, enabling more accurate input control so lines can be precisely drawn to required thicknesses depending on how hard the pen is pressed on the screen. Mistakes are easily corrected with the pen's built-in eraser, also featuring 256 levels of pressure-sensitivity.

"The ThinkPad X41 Tablet provides mobile professionals better control and flexibility to the way they work. The increased pressure-sensitivity of the pen gives users precise feedback and control over what they write and draw," said Masahiko Yamada, CEO, Wacom Co. Ltd. "Wacom's partnership with Lenovo is a significant step in the expansion of our services to customers around the world, and we are excited about this new relationship."

With advanced features that enable new interface functions such as application zooming and flight point, the Wacom Penabled electronic pen also allows users to easily manipulate different applications and the ability to switch smoothly between them. As the sensor that controls the pen is embedded behind the display, it ensures the display is more durable, achieves 100 percent luminous light transmission and eliminates color wash out.

How Penabled Pens Work

A Wacom Penabled pen operates without batteries or wires by taking advantage of patented technology developed by Wacom in which an electromagnetic signal is sent from a sensor board to a pen and returned for position analysis, pressure sensitivity and other information. The Penabled pen therefore needs no batteries or cords. It also has the ability to 'hover', allowing the pen to move the cursor without actually touching the LCD screen.

About Wacom

Founded in 1983, Wacom(R) is the world's leading manufacturer of pen tablets and interactive pen displays with customers worldwide using its cordless, battery-free, pressure-sensitive pen technology for digital content creation. Wacom's patented electromagnetic resonance technology, called Penabled(R), is also offered as an OEM solution to manufacturers of PC and Macintosh computers. Many of today's tablet PCs count on the advanced features and reliability of Penabled technology for pen input. In the future, Penabled technology will play a leading role in the development of such mobile devices as smart phones and PDAs.

Wacom is a global company with its parent company, Wacom Company Ltd, based in Japan and subsidiaries in North America (Wacom Technology Corporation), Germany (Wacom Europe GmbH), United Kingdom (Wacom Component Europe), China (Wacom China Corporation), Korea (Wacom Digital Solutions), Australia (Wacom Australia Pty, Ltd), and other local offices across Asia Pacific.

About Lenovo

Lenovo (HKSE: 992; ADR: LNVGY) is the world's third-largest personal computing company. Formed by Lenovo Group's acquisition of IBM's Personal Computing Division, the company employs 19,000 people worldwide and develops, manufactures, and markets reliable, secure, and easy-to-use technology products. For more information, see www.lenovo.com.
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