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Lenovo Opens Second 'Think Tank'

Lenovo is strengthening resources in its home country of China by announcing the opening of a second "Innovation Center" aimed at solving issues facing IT professionals.

The company opened its first Innovation Center in May in Research Triangle Park, N.C. The two operations are meant to work collaboratively in areas it makes sense too. The China Center will also address issues specific to the Chinese market.

The work at the centers covers a range of IT processes, including technology incubation for the development and testing of new products. Other areas include imaging and training services, as well as being a solutions showcase for key customers.

Lenovo said its goal is to facilitate more collaboration between its business partners, such as IBM, Intel, LANDesk, Microsoft and Symantec, with an eye toward getting solutions quicker to market.

"Lenovo and its partners are committed to staying on the cutting-edge of computing technology, and focusing our research and development on innovation that matters for our customers," said Deepak Advani, chief marketing officer of Lenovo. "We have assembled some of the leading technology companies in the world in order to give customers a better, more robust IT experience."

Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and in the U.S., Raleigh, NC.

In another move, Lenovo detailed its plans earlier this month to become a prime sponsor and computing equipment partner to the upcoming 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. It's also a worldwide sponsor of the games.

Also, in September, Lenovo unveiled a new line of tablet and notebooks. The notebooks include Lenovo's first widescreen, multimedia ThinkPad, which also has integrated broadband data capability for cellular and Wi-Fi networks.

Early this year Lenovo completed its billion dollar purchase of IBM's PC business, which helped vault it to the No. 3 spot of PC makers worldwide.