What Lenovo Has to

By Eric Lundquist  |  Posted 2005-03-07 Print this article Print

Offer"> First, both Ward and Yuanqing say they are not trying to be the low-cost competitor. They point to the number of patents the two companies have garnered (more than 1,000) between them, the history of innovation in the ThinkPad heritage, the power of Lenovo as the largest PC organization in China and the willingness to build computers to user needs rather than be tied to component vendor product schedules.
Lenovo is a major partner with AMD in China. Dell continues to adhere to the product cycles of Microsoft and Intel. While contending the company doesnt want to be the low-cost competitor, Ward also claimed that the scale difference in manufacturing costs among the PC vendors is not as large as it once was.

Is the IBM/Lenovo deal a threat to national security? Click here to read the eWEEK editorial. Will the combination of IBMs ThinkPad heritage and Lenovos understanding of manufacturing, distribution and the huge emerging market of China create a company that will give U.S. technology executives a reason to look to Lenovo during the next computer replacement or upgrade cycle? Yes, if the new Lenovo can offer a more secure, more reliable, more flexible PC in a configuration and price desired by the customers beyond what Dell or other competitors can offer.

That configuration could resemble standard Windows/Intel systems fortified by security, accessibility and user-friendly features developed by Lenovo. That configuration could extend to non-Intel or non-Microsoft offerings if there were user demand.

That hidden Windows PE file, the shock absorber pad surrounding your disk drive and fingerprint identification technology offered on current ThinkPad systems are examples of how to surround standard setups with innovation. At the heart of the strategy is the plan to build PCs that cut way back on service costs because they are reliable, safe and self-healing. Not a bad idea.

"This is an opportunity to change the landscape," said Ward. Id agree that the landscape does indeed need changing.

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Since 1996, Eric Lundquist has been Editor in Chief of eWEEK, which includes domestic, international and online editions. As eWEEK's EIC, Lundquist oversees a staff of nearly 40 editors, reporters and Labs analysts covering product, services and companies in the high-technology community. He is a frequent speaker at industry gatherings and user events and sits on numerous advisory boards. Eric writes the popular weekly column, 'Up Front,' and he is a confidant of eWEEK's Spencer F. Katt gossip columnist.

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