Wacom Co., Ltd. (株式会社ワコム, Kabushiki-gaisha Wakomu) (/ˈwɑːkəm/) is a Japanese company headquartered in Kazo, Saitama, Japan, that specializes in graphics tablets and related products.

Wacom Co., Ltd.
Native name
株式会社ワコム
TypePublic
TYO: 6727
IndustryComputer input devices and software
FoundedJuly 12, 1983; 38 years ago (1983-07-12) in Ageo, Saitama, Japan
Headquarters,
Japan
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Nobutaka (Nobu) Ide
(President & CEO)[1]
ProductsBamboo, Intuos, Cintiq, MobileStudio Pro, PenPartner, Volito, Graphire
RevenueIncrease ¥74.557 billion (2015)[2]
Increase ¥14.400 billion (2015)[2]
Increase ¥9.800 billion (2015)[2]
Total assetsIncrease ¥51.457 billion (2015)[2]
Number of employees
Consolidated: 1,072
Non-consolidated: 474
(2015)[2]
Websitewacom.com

Headquarters locationsEdit

The American headquarters are located in the Pearl District of Portland, Oregon,[3]

FunctionalityEdit

Wacom tablet functionality was used in the screen of the Compaq Concerto computer in 1992, making it an early tablet computer. In 1991, Wacom chips were used in the Samsung Penmaster tablet computer which was also sold as the GridPad SL by Grid Systems. The Penmaster had an early precursor to Samsung's S Pen, known today for its inclusion in the Galaxy Note line of phones, which also use Wacom's technology to power the S Pen, since its conception with the Galaxy Note line of phones in 2011.[4]

Market shareEdit

Year Japan Rest of the World
2005 95.5%[5] 70%
2008 95.4%[6] 86%
2009 93.8%[7] 85%
2010 99%[8] 99%
2013 92.3%[9] 80%

Product linesEdit

IntuosEdit

 
Wacom Intuos pen & touch M (CTH-680) graphics tablet

2018 models feature 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity and a resolution of 2540 lines per inch[10][11][12][13] (1000 lines/cm). Each of the models have a 5.8 × 3.6 in (14.7 × 9.2 cm) active surface area, a weight of 290 ±50g, and 4 control buttons.

In the Americas and Europe, four models are available in 2018: Intuos Draw, Intuos Art, Intuos Photo, and Intuos Comic.[14]

AccessoriesEdit

Wacom's Wireless Accessory Kit is a USB dongle and adapter which allows all Intuos tablet Models connect to a computer wirelessly. This kit is compatible with certain models. It did not work with the 2011 Bamboo Splash, Bamboo Connect or Bamboo Pen models.[15]

DriversEdit

The Linux Wacom Project produced drivers for Linux/X11. According to Peter Hutterer in his XDC2016 talk, Wacom has 3 Linux kernel developers (Ping Cheng, Jason Gerecke and Aaron Skomra) working full-time on Linux support.[16]

Professional modelsEdit

Tablet model Tablet variation Product name Year In production Multi-touch Wireless support Max. pressure levels No. customizable control buttons Physical dimensions Active surface area Digitizer resolution Color(s)
Millimeters Millimeters Inches Lines per Inch (lpi) Lines per Milimeter (lpmm)
PTH-460 PTH-460/K Intuos Pro Small 2019 Yes Yes Bluetooth 8192 6 + 1 Touch Ring 269.2 x 170.1 x 8 159.6 × 99.75 6.3 × 3.9 5080 200 Black
PTH-660 PTH-660/K Intuos Pro Medium 2017 Yes Yes 8 + 1 Touch Ring 338 × 219 × 8 224 × 148 8.7 × 5.8 Black
PTH-860 PTH-860/K Intuos Pro Large Yes Yes 430.4 × 287 × 8 311 × 216 12.1 × 8.4 Black
PTH-451 PTH-451/K Intuos Pro S 2013 No Yes Optional Wireless Expansion Kit (Included) 2048 6 + 1 Touch Ring 320.1 × 207.8 × 11.5 157.48 × 98.43 6.2 × 3.9 5080 200 Black
PTH-651 PTH-651/K Intuos Pro M No Yes 8 + 1 Touch Ring 379.9 × 251.4 × 11.5 223.52 × 139.7 8.8 × 5.5 Black
PTH-651/S Intuos Pro SE Silver & Black
PTH-851 PTH-851/K Intuos Pro L No Yes 487 × 317.7 × 12 325.12 × 203.2 12.8 × 8.0 Black
PTK-450 PTK-450/K[17] Intuos 5 (small) 2012 No No Optional Wireless Expansion Kit 2048 6 + 1 Touch Ring 320 × 208.2 × 12.7 157.48 × 98.43 6.2 × 3.9 5080 200 Black
PTH-450 PTH-450/K Intuos 5 touch (small) No Yes Black
PTK-650 PTK-650/K Intuos 5 (medium) No No 8 + 1 Touch Ring 381 × 251.46 × 12.7 223.52 × 139.7 8.8 × 5.5 Black
PTH-650 PTH-650/K Intuos 5 touch (medium) No Yes Black
PTH-850 PTH-850/K Intuos 5 touch (large) No Yes 487.68 × 317.5 × 12.7 325.12 × 203.2 12.8 × 8.0 Black
PTK-540WL PTK-540WL/K Intuos 4 Wireless 2010 No No Bluetooth 2048 8 + 1 Touch Ring 363 × 253 × 15 203.2 × 127 8.0 × 5.0 5080 200 Black
PTK-440 PTK-440/K Intuos 4 S[18] 2008[18] No No N/A 2048 6 + 1 Touch Ring 309 × 208 × 12 157.48 × 98.43 6.2 × 3.9 5080 200 Black
PTK-640 PTK-640/K Intuos 4 M[18] No No 8 + 1 Touch Ring 370 × 254 × 12 223.52 × 139.7 8.8 × 5.5 Black
PTK-840 PTK-840/K Intuos 4 L[18] No No 474 × 320 × 14 325.12 × 203.2 12.8 × 8.0 Black
PTK-1240 PTK-1240/K Intuos 4 XL[18] No No 623 × 462 × 28 487.7 × 304.8 19.2 × 12.0 Black
PTZ-430 PTZ-430/G Intuos 3 4x5[19] 2006[19] No No N/A 1024 4 + 1 Touch Strip[19] 238.5 × 217 × 13 127 × 101.6 5.0 × 4.0 5080[19] 200[19] Crystal Gray
PTZ-431W PTZ-431W/G Intuos 3 4x6[19] No No 270 × 210 × 13 157.5 × 98.4 6.2 × 3.9 Crystal Gray
PTZ-630 PTZ-630/G[20] Intuos 3 5x8[19] No No 4 + 2 Touch Strip[19] 345 × 261.5 × 13 203.2 × 152.4 8.0 × 6.0 Crystal Gray
PTZ-631W PTZ-631W/G Intuos 3 6x11[19] No No 417.6 × 262 × 14 271 × 158.8 10.7 × 6.3 Crystal Gray
PTZ-930 PTZ-930/G Intuos 3 9x12[19] No No 439.5 × 340 × 14 304.8 × 228.6 12.0 × 9.0 Crystal Gray
PTZ-1230 PTZ-1230/G Intuos 3 12x12[19] No No 439.5 × 429.3 × 36.4 304.8 × 304.8 12.0 × 12.0 Crystal Gray
PTZ-1231W PTZ-1231W/G Intuos 3 12x19[19] No No 622.5 × 428.5 × 36.4 487.7 × 304.8 19.2 × 12.0 Crystal Gray
XD-0405-U XD-0405-U Intuos 2 4x5 (USB) 2001 No No N/A 1024 0 (Non-customizable menu bar) 225 × 210 × 7.5 127 × 106 5.0 × 4.2 2540 100 Black & Gray
XD-0405-R XD-0405-R Intuos 2 4x5 (Serial) No No Black & Gray
XD-0608-U XD-0608-U Intuos 2 6x8 (USB) No No 334 × 258 × 14 203.2 × 162.4 8.0 × 6.4 Black & Gray
XD-0608-U0C Intuos 2 Platinum 6x8 (USB) Silver
XD-0608-R XD-0608-R Intuos 2 6x8 (Serial) No No Black & Gray
XD-0912-U XD-0912-U Intuos 2 9x12 (USB) No No 456 × 361 × 14 304.8 × 240.6 12.0 × 9.5 Black & Gray
XD-0912-U0C Intuos 2 Platinum 9x12 (USB) Silver
XD-0912-R XD-0912-R Intuos 2 9x12 (Serial) No No Black & Gray
XD-1212-U XD-1212-U Intuos 2 12x12 (USB) No No 444 × 435.5 × 37 304.8 × 316.8 12.0 × 12.5 Black & Gray
XD-1212-R XD-1212-R Intuos 2 12x12 (Serial) No No Black & Gray
XD-1218-U XD-1218-U Intuos 12 2x18 (USB) No No 616 × 445.5 × 37 457.2 × 316.8 18.0 × 12.5 Black & Gray
XD-1218-R XD-1218-R Intuos 2 12x18 (Serial) No No Black & Gray
GD-0405-U GD-0405-U Intuos 4x5 (USB)[21] 1998 No No N/A 1024 0 (Non-customizable menu bar) 225 × 210 × 7.5 127 × 106 5.0 × 4.2 2540 100 Gray
GD-0405-A GD-0405-A Intuos 4x5 (ADB)[21] No No Gray
GD-0608-U GD-0608-U Intuos 6x8 (USB)[21] No No 334 × 258 × 14 203.2 × 162.4 8.0 × 6.4 Gray
GD-0608-U0A Intuos 6x8 Special Edition (USB)[21] Graphite
GD-0608-A GD-0608-A Intuos 6x8 (ADB)[21] No No Gray
GD-0912-U GD-0912-U Intuos 9x12 (USB)[21] No No 456 × 361 × 14 304.8 × 240.6 12.0 × 9.5 Gray
GD-0912-U0A Intuos 9x12 Special Edition (USB)[21] Graphite
GD-0912-A GD-0912-A Intuos 9x12 (ADB)[21] No No Gray
GD-1212-U GD-1212-U Intuos 12x12 (USB)[21] No No 444 × 435.5 × 37 304.8 × 316.8 12.0 × 12.5 Gray
GD-1212-R GD-1212-R Intuos 12x12 (Serial)[21] No No Gray
GD-1218-U GD-1218-U Intuos 12x18 (USB)[21] No No 616 × 445.5 × 37 457.2 × 316.8 18.0 × 12.5 Gray
GD-1218-R GD-1218-R Intuos 12x18 (Serial)[21] No No Gray


^† As of April 25, 2021

Intuos ProEdit

 
Wacom Intuos 5 medium (PTH-650)

Intuos Pro is marketed to professional graphic artists and featured the highest specifications of any non-screen Wacom device.[22]

Cintiq CompanionEdit

Each Cintiq Companion model features 2048 pressure levels with multi-touch control, 1,920-by-1,080 resolution, an express key located on the left of the tablet that could be customized, palm rejection, a silky matte finish, a stand that allows the user to tilt the unit to three different degrees and weighed about 3.9 pounds.[23]

Other linesEdit

Wacom offers additional products which it marketed in various parts of the world. The Graphire Wireless is a 6 in × 8 in (15 cm × 20 cm) version of Wacom's discontinued Graphire line (largely replaced by the Bamboo) which communicates with the computer via Bluetooth rather than a USB cable. The Graphire digital pen is interchangeable with the original Bamboo model's digital pen but not later Bamboos. In Europe, Wacom offered the Colorelli, a tablet and software package marketed as a creative outlet for children; "JustWrite Office" a basic tablet for capturing written input in office applications; the PL Series, similar in function to the Cintiq but with more modest specifications suited for office use; and the "Signature Tablet", a monochrome display/tablet for capturing signatures. At CES Asia 2018 Shanghai, Wacom unveiled its first retractable ballpoint pen for EMR technology; in this pen the coil surrounds the cartridge enabling refill manufacturers to provide Wacom compatible refills in the future.[24]

Using its touch-interface expertise, Wacom also produced a DJ Controller called the Nextbeat X-1000 from April 2010.[25]

DurabilityEdit

Several Wacom models, including the Intuos4 and Bamboo, were criticized for the drawing surface's roughness, which caused the small pressure-sensitive 'nib' to wear down, and become slanted or scratchy in the same way as pencil lead, albeit more slowly. This could also cause the surface to become smoother where it is used more, resulting in uneven slick and non-slick areas. As the nibs were only short lengths of plastic, it was possible for a user wanting a more durable nib to improvise a replacement from a short length of nylon 'wire' (approx 0.065 inches or 1.7mm diameter) like that found in grass trimmer or 'weed-eater' refills, suitably straightened by hand and smoothed (rounded off) at one end with abrasive paper. Additionally, a thin sheet of glass or acetate can be placed over the drawing surface to avert surface or nib damage in the same way as screen protectors are used on phones, although in the case of glass this may induce a—usually modest—parallax error when tracing.[26][27][28][29][30][31][32]

The Intuos4 surface sheet was revised in October 2010 to reduce nib wear. Wacom Europe sells a bundle that includes the revised surface sheet and replacement nibs at a reduced price for installation in existing Intuos4 tablets.[33]

DriversEdit

ThinkyHead Software published the free TabletMagic[34] driver package. TabletMagic is a driver for discontinued serial-port Wacom tablets for use on modern Apple Macintosh computers under the Mac OS X operating system. A USB-to-serial port adapter is required. (OS X open source drivers for many such adapters are available from Source Forge.)[35]

TechnologyEdit

Wacom tablets use patented electromagnetic resonance technology called "Electro Magnetic Resonance" ("EMR").[36][37]

ReferencesEdit

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