Company History

1979

1979

GRiD Computer Systems Inc. founded in Mountain View, CA.

1982

1982

GRiD launch the GRiD 1100 Compass, a revolutionary UK designed “Clamshell” laptop computer. You can see the GRiD Compass at the Design Museum in Kensington, London.

1988

1988

GRiD launch the GRiDCASE 1530, the world’s first battery-powered Intel 80386DX Laptop. Options include for the first time an LCD VGA Display and 16 bit ISA compatible expansion bay.

1989

1989

GRiD launch the GRiDPad 1900, the world’s first Pen And Display IBM PC Compatible PC Tablet. GRiD Computer Systems Inc is purchased by the Tandy Corporation of Ft Worth, Texas.

1991

1991

The GRiDCASE 1537E, a specially modified member of the 153x family, becomes the first rugged portable PC to attain full TEMPEST accreditation from the NSA.

1993

1993

GRiD launches the PalmPAD, the first A5 Pen Tablet PC compatible “wearable PC”. GRiD Defence Systems formed in London, England by former employees during a management buyout of the former GRiD Computer Systems UK Ltd.

2001

2001

GRiD Defence Systems launches the GRiDCASE 1590. Intel Pentium III Rugged Laptop with 15.1″ Sunlight Readable Display, Removable Hard Disk Drive of up to 48GB, CD/RW, 1.44MB Floppy Disk Drive, Multiple I/O: RS232/422/485/IRDA/USB/LPT, Composite Video, LVDS and SCSI through MIL-C 38999 Connectors. MIL-STD 461, MIL-STD810, TEMPEST – designed to be fully configurable to meet customer project-specific requirements.

2008

2008

GRiD Defence Systems launches the GRiDCASE 2500 Tablet PC. Using the Intel CoreDuo processor, GRiD can use the same electronics from the 1590CD in the GRiDCASE 2500 Tablet. The Tablet has a 10.4″ Sunlight readable display with Touchscreen.

2010

2010

GRiD has moved to new offices in Wooburn Green. With more than 3 times the space, GRiD is now well equipped to expand into the future.

2011

2011

GRiD has developed the new GRiDCASE 1510 Hand Held PC. The GRiDCASE 1510 is a Hand Held Laptop designed to fit into an Osprey Webbing Pouch. It has a 5.6″ touchscreen display with a 1280×800 resolution, long battery life of up to 8 hours per battery and a hot-swappable battery feature allowing for continuous use

2015

2015

GRiD Defence Systems launches the GRiDCASE 2530 10” 1280 x 800 Tablet PC. With expansion for up to 3 x MiniPCIe Cards, the GRiDCASE 2530 is the most multipurpose Tablet available. Any interface on any connector is now possible in a small hand-held form factor.

2019

2019

GRiD Defence Systems launches the GRiDCASE 2510 5.6” 1280 x 800 Tablet PC. The smallest product in GRiD’s arsenal. It has all the features of it’s bigger brothers but weighs less than 900g.

2020

Growth continues as GRiD expands their team with the addition of a new digital marketing department aimed at bringing all of our latest developments direct to our customers.

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