In pictures: Inside Lenovo's Yamato lab

CRN was allowed in for a behind the scenes tour of the myriad endurance tests Lenovo’s products undergo before they see the light of day.

By David Binning on Sep 6, 2012
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Not long after Lenovo took over IBM’s renowned Yamato R&D centre in 2005, it relocated the entire facility to expanded digs barely a stones’ throw away from the orginal site in Yokahama, south of Tokyo. Now it sits as one of the most sophisticated research and testing facilities in the world.

One of Lenovo’s senior stress-test engineers looks on in amuesment as his colleague appears to have misplaced his ThinkPad.

A ThinkPad Carbon XI pumps some iron.
Lenovo subjects all of its hardware products to a range of 'thermal shocks' including excessive heat, humidity and cold, sometimes for weeks at a time.
In this room Lenovo engineers test for levels of radio magnetic emissions from desktops and portables.
The hemi-anechoic chamber is used to ensure that electromagnetic waves generated by the ThinkPad comply with international standards.
Lenovo products spend a lot of time behind glass doors.
Here a Lenovo engineer subjects the screen of a ThinkPad to constant downward pressure in one corner in order to improve understanding of this important tolerance.
Lenovo products are operated for lengthy periods in dust-intensive chambers.
One of the highlights of the Lenovo 'torture' test is the drop test which sees laptops endure a fall of four feet onto a thin piece of carpet covering a concrete surface, replicating the standard office environment.
A Lenovo engineer shows the effects of the 'corner' drop test which sees laptops dropped onto all four corners to examine the effects on performance.
Here he demonstrates an apparatus designed to alternately lift and drop the left and right side of a laptop whilst running so as to examine the effects on moving parts such as internal drives.
This machine opens and closes the laptop cover thousands of times from the right and left hand sides.
A Lenovo test engineer demonstrates equipment used to test and mitigate against the build up of static electricity, a worrying problem with the growing number of connectable USB devices.

David Binning travelled to Japan as a guest of Lenovo.

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