The first BlackBerry is now 20 years old.
Twenty years ago, on January 20, 1999, RIM launched the first BlackBerry to be released. The mobile email device called RIM850 was the beginning of the revolution that spawned smartphones which are now in every home.
Since then, BlackBerry (and its devices) have gone through a lot of changes. From pagers, to BBOS devices and then BlackBerry 10 and today Android phones from BlackBerry. The introduction of the RIM850 was really a groundbreaking day. The hardware in 1999 was obviously above and beyond.
Personally I never had the device and I just started high school but I’m sure some of our readers here have experienced the device. If you want to share your RIM850 memories in the comments, you are very welcome.
In addition you can read the press release that RIM released on the launch day without a doubt a piece of history.
Research In Motion Delivers Wearable Wireless Device Based on Embedded Intel Architecture
Handheld Device Is Optimized For Mobile Email Access
Waterloo, Ontario – In a separate announcement today, Research In Motion Limited (TSE:RIM) announced the introduction and availability of BlackBerry™, a breakthrough wireless email solution for mobile professionals. As part of the BlackBerry offering, RIM introduced its newest wireless handheld device based on an embedded Intel® architecture. The BlackBerry Handheld is optimized for mobile email use and incorporates a 32-bit Intel386™ processor, 2 MB Intel Flash memory, integrated wireless modem, full keyboard, triple-DES encryption technology and email / organizer software. It is designed to be wearable, operate 24 hours per day and run on a single AA alkaline battery.
“The RIM device is an example of the ease of use, portability, security and battery life benefits that are enabled by products from the Embedded Microcomputer Division,” said Tom Franz, General Manager, and Vice President, of Intel’s EMD division. Terry Gillett, Manager of Major Customer Programs in EMD indicated that RIM and Intel have worked together to define and develop the computing subsystem for the BlackBerry platform.
“The frequent and discontinuous nature of email usage is driving the need for a wearable, power-efficient device that can be constantly connected to the wireless network, while remaining unobtrusive to the user from both a physical and workflow perspective. Further, the confidential nature of enterprise email demands sophisticated encryption techniques that require significant processing power in the device,” said Jim Balsillie, Chairman and Co-CEO of Research In Motion. “Intel’s embedded microprocessor and flash memory technology provided a powerful and reliable foundation to meet these challenging design objectives.”
The BlackBerry Handheld from Research In Motion is a breakthrough in integration of computing and wireless technologies. Its design includes over 15 million transistors integrated in a small, durable form factor. It delivers a powerful processor, 2 watt transceiver, integrated internal antenna, full keyboard, LCD display and ample memory to support multiple applications and data storage, all within a small device that fits in the palm of your hand (2.5″ x 3.5″ x 0.93″). In addition to the handheld, the BlackBerry solution provides customers with a PC docking cradle, desktop software and a flat-rate airtime package. For more information on BlackBerry, visit www.blackberry.net or call toll-free 1-877-255-2377.
About Research In Motion
Research In Motion is a world leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing wireless consumer and business-to-business electronic access technology for the mobile communications market. The company’s current product portfolio includes revolutionary mobile email solutions, two-way pagers, wireless personal computer card adapters and embedded radio-modems. Based in Waterloo, Ontario and listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange, Research In Motion is a knowledge-based company with proven, leading technologies. Its customers include a diverse range of major multinational companies including wireless network suppliers, original equipment manufacturers and value-added resellers. Web site: www.rim.net