Milestones

  • 1989 - 1999
  • 1989

    Founding of the company

  • 1990

    The first supplier in Europe to enter a tape drive with parallel interface

  • 1991

    First tape drive with both parallel and serial interface

  • 1993

    The world’s first portable DAT drive with parallel interface

  • 1994

    Inclusion of low-price external CD-ROM drives into the product portfolio

  • 1996

    Patented SWAP system for multi-connection hard drives

  • 1997

    Patented interface technology for the Traveller and Portable range

  • 1998

    The first supplier of USB-IDE Asic - USB CD-RW 4x

  • 1999

    The first supplier of CD-RW and DVD burners with FireWire connection

  • 1999

    Entry into the OEM business as a supplier to Philips, Seagate, Toshiba, Fujitsu Siemens, Panasonic, Memorex

  • 2000 - 2010
  • 2000

    The first external optical drive with USB 2.0 connection

  • 2002

    Development of the SYNC button: automatic synchronisation for external hard disks and the touch of a button

  • 2002

    FM-10 PRO: the first waterproof and impact-resistant USB 2.0 stick with a lifetime guarantee

  • 2003

    USB Card PRO: the first USB storage device in the patented credit card format

  • 2003

    Freecom sells its 500,000th CD burner of the Traveller range

  • 2004

    Introduction of the Dynamic Name Service for storage products

  • 2005

    Freecom Storage Gateway: the first Linux- and Intel-based NAS system including router.

  • 2005

    Tough Drive PRO: the first impact- and shock-resistant 2.5" hard disk

  • 2006

    DataCard: development of the USB Card PRO in an even slimmer version

  • 2006

    Tough Drive XXS: the first impact- and shock-resistant 1" mini hard disk

  • 2006

    Launch of the new market image: product housings, packaging and website in the new design

  • 2006

    Launch of the aluminum Freecom Hard Drives 3.5" and Mobile Drives 2.5"

  • 2006

    Freecom has been awarded with ISO certification 9001:2000.

  • 2006

    Freecom meets SkypeTM, launch Skype product range

  • 2006

    Launch DVD RW in new enclosure design

  • 2006

    Launch FSG-3 WLAN (wireless Linux based storage network server)

  • 2006

    Launch Hard Drive Pro USB & eSATA, one of the first eSATA hard drives on the market

  • 2006

    Launch DataTank, Freecom's first dual disk RAID solution with up to 1TB of data storage

  • 2007

    Joint venture Avenues and launch Wenger/ Swissgear notebook bags in Europe

  • 2007

    Freecom expands into Asia and opens new office in Taiwan

  • 2007

    Freecom wins iF Design Award 2007 for new aluminum based storage solutions

  • 2007

    Freecom USB Card wins red dot design award 2007

  • 2007

    Freecom Tough Drive wins red dot design award 2007; “Best of the Best”

  • 2007

    Launch Hard Drive Pro USB & FireWire 800/400

  • 2007

    Launch Network MediaPlayer WLAN, first mediaplayer with Wireless LAN on the market

  • 2007

    Freecom wins 12 product awards in Q1 2007

  • 2007

    Launch of Freecom Data Bar, third generation flash memory stick

  • 2007

    Launch of Network Drive, cost effective no-noise disk solution for small office, home office

  • 2007

    Launch of Freecom Mobile Drive 2.5" USB & FireWire solution

  • 2007

    Freecom ships the worlds first mobile 250GB solution, the Tough Drive 250GB

  • 2007

    Introduction of the NetWork Drive Pro, a Gigabit multifunctional NAS solution

  • 2007

    Launch of the MusicPal, world's first cost effective wireless Internet Radio

  • 2007

    Introduction of the Tough Drive Pro U&F (white), world's first shockproof drive with integrated FireWire cable.

  • 2007

    Freecom received in 2007 44 product awards in total

  • 2007

    Freecom's revenue totaled 210 Million USD in 2007

  • 2008

    Freecom wins iF Design Award 2008 for MusicPal wireless internet radio and MP3 player

  • 2008

    Freecom extends the award winning Aluminum Hard Drive family with the cost effective 'terabyte-sized' Hard Drive XL

  • 2008

    Freecom extends its product portfolio in the area of professional storage by inexpensive tape drives in a bulk variant

  • 2008

    Network MediaPlayer-450 WLAN is introduced by Freecom for unlimited home entertainment: films, photos and music can be accessed directly from the PC to the TV or stereo system via a HDMI connection

  • 2008

    Freecom extends the award winning Tough Drive range with a "customize it yourself" design

  • 2008

    Apple Europe and Freecom develop a multi colored mobile hard drive exclusively for the Apple Online stores in Europe

  • 2008

    Freecom ships the world’s smallest 2.5” mobile solution, the Mobile Drive XXS

  • 2008

    Freecom ships a Time Machine compatible FireWire Hard Drive developed for MAC users

  • 2008

    Freecom launches the “Tough Drive Leather”, a mobile, shock-resistant 2.5” external hard drive with hardware encrypted password protection and turbo USB 2.0 speed - aimed at the business user

  • 2008

    Freecom extends the XXS product line, world’s smallest 2.5” mobile solution, with 400, 500GB capacities and accessories

  • 2008

    Freecom received in 2008 in total over 70 product awards

  • 2009

    Freecom wins iF Design Award 2009 for Freecom Mobile Drive XXS

  • 2009

    Freecom launches world’s first 3G compatible Internet Radio; MusicPal 3G

  • 2009

    Freecom Mobile Drive XXS wins red dot design award 2009; “Best of the Best”

  • 2009

    Freecom launches world’s smallest external 3.5” hard drive

  • 2009

    Freecom ships external docking station for 2.5" and 3.5" SATA hard drives

  • 2009

    Freecom launches the world’s first RFID access controlled hard drives for data security

  • 2009

    Freecom ships MediaPlayer II, a hard drive which connects to TV’s

  • 2009

    Freecom ships USB Memory, ultra compact USB storage device

  • 2009

    Freecom wins Macworld Award 2009 in category 'best professional storage'

  • 2009

    Mitsubishi Kagaku Media (MKM) announces acquisition of Freecom B.V.

  • 2010

    Freecom introduces Data Recovery Service, world’s first 3 years cover for data loss for less than Euro 1,- per month

  • 2010

    Freecom introduces the first Hard Drive Dock that also connects PATA/IDE hard drives

  • 2010

    Freecom launches the Mobile Drive CLS – Collect, Label & Store – a new concept in organizing and categorizing data on multiple external hard drives, including dedicated 3 ports docking station

  • 2010

    Freecom launches the Dual Drive Network Center, an affordable dual drive NAS, world’s first simple to install network hard drive

  • 2010

    Freecom enters Blu-ray era with Blu-ray Combo and Blu-ray Rewriter

  • 2010

    Freecom received in the first half year over 20 product awards

  • 2010

    Tough Drive and Hard Drive Secure ranking top 1 and 2 in HK magazine “Choice”

  • 2010

    Data Bar XXS receives from Computer Active Magazine an award logo and 5 out of 5 stars

  • 2010

    Tough Drive and Hard Drive Secure ranking top 1 and 2 in HK magazine “Choice”

  • 2010

    Data Bar XXS receives from Computer Active Magazine an award logo and 5 out of 5 stars

  • 2011
  • 2011

    Integration of Sales and Marketing departments of Verbatim and Freecom EUMEA

  • 2011

    Red Dot ‘Best of the Best’ Award for Mobile Drive CLS

  • 2011

    iF ‘Product Design Gold Award’ for the USB Clip

  • 2011

    Freecom starts selling products in Russia

  • 2011

    Introduction of the first magnesium hard drive specifically for Mac users, which is also the thinnest drive of its kind in the world