ThinkPads Protect Data From Falls
The IBM Active Protection System in IBM's newest ThinkPad notebook computers helps prevent the loss of data in the event of a fall.IBM on Monday introduced new ThinkPad notebook computers that are designed to protect data when they suffer a fall. The ThinkPad T41 and the ThinkPad R50 both include the IBM Active Protection System, which is similar to the technology that tells cars when to deploy airbags. A microchip on the motherboard detects when the computer is falling and parks the read/write head on the hard drive until the computer is stabilized. This helps prevent the data loss that can happen when a notebook computer falls off a desk, said officials at IBM in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
The ThinkPad R50 is available in 14- and 15-inch models and can achieve up to 10 hours of battery life with an optional second system battery, officials said.