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RPT-UPDATE 1-Toshiba sues Imation, others over DVD patents - Reuters
NEW YORK, May 14 (Reuters) - Japan's Toshiba Corp (6502.T) said it sued Imation Corp (IMN.N) and several recordable DVD manufacturers and distributors, claiming they are infringing on its patents. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the...
Toshiba announces world's first 512GB SSD laptop - CNET News
That's why I am very impressed with the Portege R600-ST4203 laptop that Toshiba announced Thursday. The Portege R600-ST4203 is one of world's first laptops with 512GB of storage and it's definitely the first with that much storage in the form of a...
Toshiba, Hitachi reported consolidating factories - MarketWatch
By John Letzing, MarketWatch SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Toshiba Corp., Hitachi Ltd. and other Japanese television manufacturers are consolidating their factories, especially those outside Japan, and instead turning to outsourcing as a production...
Toshiba seeking 'Normal' people to show benefits of computers - Bloomington Pantagraph
By Mary Ann Ford NEW 5 pm NORMAL -- Toshiba thinks its laptop computers help people achieve more in their lives — and its counting on Normal to help bring home that point. The Irvine, Calif., company is coming to Normal to chose up to five people to...
Toshiba Notebook riddled with problems - Özel Web Tasarım
I have sent my Toshib a laptop to be serviced 4 times and it was only purchased in November. The problems stated with them having to replace the mointer screen , a optical drive, a usb plug in right off the back of purchase. Then it had to be sent back...
Toshiba Seeks to Raise $5 Billion - Wall Street Journal
By DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI and YUZO YAMAGUCHI TOKYO -- Toshiba Corp. said it plans to raise about $5 billion in capital to plug a hole in its balance sheet after reporting the biggest loss in company history and forecasting another year in the red due to...
EU clears Toshiba to buy Fujitsu disk drive arm - Reuters
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Japanese electronics giant Toshiba Corp won permission from European regulators on Monday to acquire the hard disk drive business of rival Fujitsu Ltd in a deal worth 30 billion yen ($305 million). The European Commission, which...
Toshiba sues Imation, others over DVD patents - KSEE
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Toshiba Dynabook Satellite TXW/67JW - UberGizmo
Toshiba has a new notebook that is available exclusively on its e-Store - the Dynabook Satellite TXW/67JW. What you will find underneath the hood are as follows :- It is available only in Japan at the moment, retailing for approximately €1045....
Panasonic Posts $4B Loss, 14% Sales Drop - Twice
Following bleak fiscal-year reports from Sony, Sanyo, Toshiba, Hitachi and Pioneer in recent days, Panasonic followed a familiar pattern, citing the worldwide recession, the sharp appreciation of the yen and intensified price competition as three major...


Toshiba Corporation's headquarters (center) in Hamamatsucho, Tokyo.

Toshiba Corporation (株式会社東芝 ,Kabushiki-gaisha Tōshiba ?) (TYO: 6502) is a multinational conglomerate manufacturing company, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The company's main business is in Infrastructure, Consumer Products, and Electronic devices and components.

Toshiba-made Semiconductors are among the Worldwide Top 20 Semiconductor Sales Leaders. Toshiba is the world's fifth largest personal computer manufacturer, after Hewlett-Packard and Dell of the U.S., Acer of Taiwan and Lenovo of China and US.

Toshiba was founded by the merging of two companies in 1939.

One, Tanaka Seizosho (Tanaka Engineering Works), was Japan's first manufacturer of telegraph equipment and was established by Hisashige Tanaka in 1875. In 1904, its name was changed to Shibaura Seisakusho (Shibaura Engineering Works). Through the first part of the 20th century Shibaura Engineering Works became a major manufacturer of heavy electrical machinery as Japan modernized during the Meiji Era and became a world industrial power.

The second company, Hakunetsusha, was established in 1890 and was Japan's first producer of incandescent electric lamps. It diversified into the manufacture of other consumer products and in 1899 was renamed Tokyo Denki (Tokyo Electric).

The merger in 1939 of Shibaura Seisakusho and Tokyo Denki created a new company called Tokyo Shibaura Denki (東京芝浦電気). It was soon nicknamed Toshiba, but it was not until 1978 that the company was officially renamed Toshiba Corporation.

The group expanded strongly, both by internal growth and by acquisitions, buying heavy engineering and primary industry firms in the 1940s and 1950s and then spinning off subsidiaries in the 1970s and beyond. Groups created include Toshiba EMI (1960), Toshiba International Corporation (1970's) Toshiba Electrical Equipment (1974), Toshiba Chemical (1974), Toshiba Lighting and Technology (1989), Toshiba America Information Systems (1989) and Toshiba Carrier Corporation (1999).

Toshiba was responsible for a number of Japanese firsts, including radar (1942), the TAC digital computer (1954), transistor television and microwave oven (1959), color video phone (1971), Japanese word processor (1978), MRI system (1982), laptop personal computer (1986), NAND EEPROM (1991), DVD (1995), the Libretto sub-notebook personal computer (1996) and HD DVD (2005).

In 2001, Toshiba signed a contract with Orion Electric, one of the world's largest OEM consumer video electronic makers and suppliers, to manufacture and supply finished consumer TV and video products for Toshiba to meet the increasing demand for the North American market. The contract ended in 2008, ending 7 years of OEM production with Orion.

In December 2004, Toshiba quietly announced it would discontinue manufacturing traditional in-house cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions. In 2006, Toshiba terminated production of in-house plasma TVs. Toshiba quickly switched to Orion as the supplier and maker of Toshiba-branded CRT-based TVs and plasma TVs until 2007. To ensure its future competitiveness in the flat-panel digital television and display market, Toshiba has made a considerable investment in a new kind of display technology called SED.

Before World War II, Toshiba was a member of the Mitsui Group zaibatsu. Today Toshiba is a member of the Mitsui keiretsu (a set of companies with interlocking business relationships and shareholdings), and still has preferential arrangements with Mitsui Bank and the other members of the keiretsu. Membership in a keiretsu traditionally meant loyalty, both corporate and private, to other members of the keiretsu or allied keiretsu. This loyalty could extend as far as the beer that workers would consume, which in Toshiba's case was Asahi.

As a chip maker, Toshiba Semiconductors is a major player. During the eighties, it was one the two largest semiconductor companies (with NEC). During the nineties and up to now, Toshiba Semiconductors was almost always among the Top 5. In 2007, Toshiba Semiconductors is number 3, behind Intel and Samsung.

Also, in late 2007, Toshiba's logo replaced the former Discover Card logo on one of the screens atop One Times Square. It displays the iconic New Year's countdown on its screen, as well as messages, greetings, and advertisements for the company.

In January of 2009, Toshiba acquired the HDD business of Fujitsu.Transfer of the business is supposed to conclude at the end of the fiscal 1st quarter of 2009.

In March 2008, Toshiba announced that it had launched a new company in America called, "Toshiba America Nuclear Energy corp". The primary mission of the company is marketing and promoting advanced boiling water nuclear power plants and providing support for related services.

Toshiba is believed to prepare (together with the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry) the small (30MW) nuclear plant Toshiba 4S for installation at Galena, Alaska and even smaller (200KW) plants for Japan and Europe; but the information about such plants does not appear on Toshiba's homepage Toshiba Worldwide.

Toshiba occupies a good position in the worldwide marker of semiconductors, see Worldwide Top 20 Semiconductor Market Share Ranking Year by Year.

After an image problem developed years ago when customers felt that the repair process for broken machines was too long, Toshiba partnered with the United Parcel Service (UPS) to design a better repair process. Customers are told to drop off their machines at a UPS Store, from which they will be shipped to Toshiba for repairs and then sent back to the customer. In reality, after dropping off their machines at a UPS Store, they are shipped off to a UPS-run repair facility, where UPS repairs the laptops themselves and ships them back to the customer from there. During this process, the laptops never enter Toshiba's hands although no such claim as such is ever purported.

On Tuesday, February 19, 2008, Toshiba announced that it was to drop its format in the HD DVD 'war' with Sony and Pioneer-backed Blu-ray Disc devices. Following a review of its business, Toshiba said it would stop production of HD DVD players and recorders.

The HD DVD format had suffered as major US film studios backed the Blu-ray format, which is being developed by electronics firm Sony and partners. Toshiba's President, Atsutoshi Nishida, announced "We concluded that a swift decision would be best if we had continued, that would have created problems for consumers, and we simply had no chance to win".

Toshiba continued to supply retailers with machines until the end of March 2008. Toshiba then continued to provide technical support to the estimated one million people worldwide who owned HD DVD players and recorders.

The HD DVD versus Blu-ray battle has been likened to the VHS versus Betamax war of the 1980s. See also "Decline of HD DVD ".

E-waste is something that negatively affects the environment due to improper discard of items such as computers, DVD players, and cell phones. Most e-waste is hazardous to the environment because of its tendency to release toxic materials, such as lead and mercury, into soil and water, which later affects human, animal, and vegetation health.

Toshiba has been making efforts to lessen their impact on the environment. They tied for first place in Greenpeace’s seventh edition of its Guide to Greener Electronics. Greenpeace is an environmental protection organization that seeks to rank electronic companies based on their chemical use and recycling programs. Toshiba received 7.7 points out of ten points possible, showing its improvement in recycling and chemical use since the last edition when it was only ranked number six. Toshiba focused on improving their score in Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR), which measures how efficiently a company deals with e-waste that is created from their own products that are thrown away. Toshiba also partnered with China’s Tsinghua University in 2008 in order to form a research facility to focus on energy conservation and the environment. The new Toshiba Energy and Environment Research Center is located in Beijing where forty students from the university will work to research electric power equipment and new technologies that will help stop the global warming process. Through this partnership, Toshiba hopes to develop products that will better protect the environment and save energy in China. This contract between Tsinghua University and Toshiba originally began in October 2007 when they signed an agreement on joint energy and environment research. The projects that they conduct work to reduce car pollution and to create power systems that don’t negatively affect the environment.

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Toshiba Satellite

Toshiba Satellite 100CS, running on an Intel Pentium processor @ 150MHz, 32MB of RAM, with an internal floppy drive on Windows 95.

The Toshiba Satellite is Toshiba's flagship line of consumer-grade notebook computers. They are known as Equium in Europe. Models in the Satellite family vary greatly, from entry-level models to full-fledged Media center class notebooks.

The early models did not come with an internal CD-ROM drive, but these eventually came as mobile technology progressed. Such models can easily link up with a CD-ROM drive through the parallel port on the rear (since USB ports came later as well). Some Satellites also lacked an internal floppy disk drive, but a port on the side allowed the use of a proprietary external module for such. These machines tended to be smaller in physical size, unlike today, where they tend to be more wide and more deep, but yet much thicker than they are today. These early model Satellites have a reputation among longtime Toshiba owners as being virtually indestructible. In Spring 2000 some models came with a 15 inch screen and a built in DVD drive, a 6GB HDD and ran at 500 MHz. They were sold for $2400 by Toshiba. They also had a model out called the Satellite Pro, and newer models with the Satellite Pro name still sell.

Contrary to the common use of the word "Satellite" as used in "satellite phone/ satphone" and as is used with transferring data streams via satellites in orbit above earth, these laptop style computers have no such relationship thereto. From a common perspective, they are just laptop style computers.

All newer Toshiba Satellite models are pre-installed with a Windows operating system. Most screens now are equipped with the Tru Brite technology in addition to being widescreens, and the lower end models are at very competitive prices, but are equipped with an Intel Celeron M processor and have a low battery capacity. These products carry a one year manufacturer warranty.

Toshiba Satellite prices range from $799.99 to $2,299.99 (US), with the low-end model being the A200 and the high-end model is the X205.

Toshiba Satellite A70, A75, M30X and M35X owners have won a class action lawsuit against Toshiba about design flaws in these laptop models. They are entitled to an extended warranty and refunds in some cases.

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Toshiba TS921

Japanese mobile phone keypad (Model Vodafone V902T)

The Toshiba TS921 (Vodafone 902T in Japan) is a Vodafone 3G model mobile phone manufactured by Toshiba. It comes in red, silver and black colours. It is on sale in Japan and a few other countries through Vodafone. It features a WWW browser which can read normal web pages, two cameras, one with a maximum resolution of 1200 X 1600 pixels. It can swivel the screen through 180 degrees and folded, and hence used identically to a camera. It uses the 3G network and thus can be used both inside and outside Japan. It connects to a computer USB via a standard Vodafone cable.

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Toshiba T1000

The Toshiba T1000 was a laptop computer manufactured by the Toshiba Corporation in 1987. It had a similar specification to the IBM PC Convertible, with an 9.54/4.77MHz switchable 8OC86TM processor, 512kb of RAM, and a monochrome CGA-compatible LCD. Unlike the Convertible, it includes a standard serial port and parallel port, connectors for an external monitor, and a real-time clock.

Unusually for an IBM compatible PC, the T1000 contained a 256 kB ROM with a copy of MS-DOS 2.11. This acted as a small, read-only hard drive. Alternative operating systems could still be loaded from the floppy drive, or (if present) the ramdisk.

Alongside the earlier T1100 and T1200 systems, the Toshiba T1000 helped to change the image of portable computing. Before the T1100, previous supposedly portable computers were large and unwieldy (the term draggable may be more appropriate).

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