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New IBM ThinkPad X40: Thinnest, Lightest ThinkPad Ever, Exclusive 'Emergency' System for Data Recovery, 20 Percent Smaller, 25 Percent Lighter

  • 11 February, 2004 11:06

<p>New IBM ThinkPad X40: Thinnest, Lightest ThinkPad Ever,
Exclusive 'Emergency' System for Data Recovery
20 Percent Smaller, 25 Percent Lighter</p>
<p>Sydney, NSW – February 11, 2004 – IBM today unveiled its completely redesigned ultraportable notebook computer, the ThinkPad X40, setting new standards for portability, battery life, and wireless connectivity in thin and light systems. Weighing only 1.23 kilograms (1) and being 2.1 – 2.7 centimetres thin, the new X40 is the lightest and thinnest ThinkPad ever. At 26.8 x 21.1 centimetres, it boasts the smallest footprint in its class with a full-size keyboard (2).</p>
<p>And in a PC industry first, IBM today is also launching Rescue and Recovery with Rapid Restore, a completely new set of tools contained in an embedded, pre-boot emergency system. They provide one-button relief from a broad range of common PC problems, including viruses, missing system files, and corrupted software drivers.</p>
<p>By incorporating the latest ThinkVantage Technologies with the light system design, the ultraportable ThinkPad X40 is ideal for global mobile users, road warriors and business travellers. Because many of IBM's new recovery tools exist outside the PC’s main operating system, business travellers who are away from office technical support have new options for solving PC problems – regardless of whether Windows will start or not. Commonly described by IBM as a “lifeboat” solution, this tool helps reduce IT support costs by enabling user self-recovery and reducing the need for help-desk calls and desk-side visits. Owners of any earlier model IBM notebook and desktop PCs that run Windows XP Pro, Windows XP Home or Windows 2000 can also download Rescue and Recovery for free from the IBM website from February 24.</p>
<p>Ultimate Mobility In A Versatile Ultraportable
A full 20 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than the ThinkPad X31, the X40 also offers a unique battery design capable of providing the longest standard battery life of any leading brand notebook (3), at up to 7.5 hours (4) on select models with the optional 8-cell battery. Mobile users can also combine the X40’s battery options to deliver all-day computing, offering up to 10 hours of optional battery life in a total solution that weighs 1.8 kilograms.</p>
<p>“With this new design, IBM ThinkPad support for the highly mobile user is unsurpassed in the industry,’ said Greg Hunt, ThinkPad Brand Manager, IBM Australia and New Zealand. “The new ThinkPad X40 redefines the ultraportable notebook standard for 2004 and beyond. Reducing ThinkPad size and weight significantly translates into an entirely different experience for users. It means they can do real computing on demand, wherever they happen to be located.”</p>
<p>IBM provides flexibility so users can take advantage of wireless technology via Intel 802.11b, IBM 11b/g, IBM 11a/b/g (5), and Bluetooth Wireless Technology. When used with the IBM Embedded Security Subsystem, along with industry-standard wireless encryption, the ThinkPad X40 provides the most secure wireless computing environment in the industry (6). In addition, all X40 models come standard with a modem, Gigabit Ethernet and Infrared.</p>
<p>The X40 features the Intel Pentium-M processor together with enhanced IBM ThinkVantage Design. In addition, select models include Intel’s Centrino mobile technology, providing wireless connectivity while helping to deliver high performance and extended battery life.</p>
<p>The ThinkPad X40 also includes innovative new features such as a powered USB 2.0 port, which supports external optical drives without a separate AC adapter, and a new Secure Digital port. The ThinkPad X40 can work with the new optional X4 UltraBase Dock, providing additional expansion options for mobile workers at a combined weight of less than 1.82 kilograms.</p>
<p>By redesigning the X4 UltraBase Dock for increased functionality, IBM provides the flexibility of converting the X40 into a two-spindle solution that supports UltraBay Slim devices such as additional batteries, added media options, and increased storage capacity. The X4 UltraBase Dock includes a USB 2.0 hub, power-on button and keylock for added security. The ThinkPad X40 also features a simplified case design allowing for faster and easier service of memory and communications options.</p>
<p>Additionally, the X40 has been designed for greater durability for business travellers, by including IBM’s patent-pending hard drive protection technology. The IBM Active Protection System, similar to the technology used in automobiles to deploy airbags, uses a microchip on the system board to detect system acceleration (such as in a fall) and responds by temporarily parking the drive’s read/write head. This rapid response can help prevent some hard drive crashes that occur in some falls, helping to prevent total data loss and ultimately reduce downtime and warranty costs.</p>
<p>A Powerful Ultraportable Alternative
IBM today is also announcing new models of the ultraportable ThinkPad X31. The ThinkPad X31 now features Intel Pentium-M processors up to 1.7GHz (7) and has a travel weight of 1.64 kilograms. For organisations that want image commonality, the X31 is compatible with the T41 and R50.</p>
<p>Easier to Use, Manage and Service
In addition to IBM Rescue and Recovery with Rapid Restore, the new ThinkPad X40 includes other IBM ThinkVantage Technologies that improve security, provide choice and ease-of-use in wireless capabilities, and are designed to increase IT staff and user productivity. Both the ThinkPad X40 and the ThinkPad X31 feature updated versions of Access Connections and Access IBM. Access Connections 3.0 simplifies the management of wireless and wired network settings so that users can easily switch between networking environments. The new Access IBM 4.5 software provides easy access to on-system and online (8) information including IBM service and support, which can reduce help desk calls and increase employee productivity.</p>
<p>Additionally, all ThinkPad X40 models include the IBM Embedded Security Subsystem, consisting of an integrated security chip and downloadable IBM Client Security Software. This hardware- and software-based solution provides a higher level of security for the client, providing a secure repository for storing sensitive keys, identity information and confidential data.</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability
The new ThinkPad X40 notebook and new models of the ThinkPad X31 notebook will be available on February 24 through www.ibm.com/au. IBM personal computers are also available through select business partners. Prices for the ThinkPad X40 start at $2699 inc. GST, while prices for the ThinkPad X31 start at $2799 inc. GST.</p>
<p>Photography available upon request.</p>
<p>Notes
IBM, ThinkPad, ThinkVantage, and IBM Rescue and Recovery with Rapid Restore are trademarks or registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation.</p>
<p>Intel, Pentium, and Centrino are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation.</p>
<p>Prices do not include shipping and are subject to change without notice. Reseller prices may vary.</p>
<p>1. Weight includes standard battery and may vary due to vendor components, manufacturing process and options.
2. Full-size keyboard defined by ISO/IEC 15412.
3. Based on manufacturer's published figures for IDC data for top 5 vendors in 2003 notebook sales, as of January 28, 2004.
4. These model numbers achieved the Ziff Davis Media Inc.'s Business Winstone 2002 BatteryMark(TM) Version 1.0, Battery Rundown Time of at least the time shown. This test was performed without independent verification by the VeriTest testing division of Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. ("VeriTest") nor Ziff Davis Media Inc.; neither Ziff Davis Media Inc. nor VeriTest makes any representations or warranties as to these test results. Winstone is a registered trademark and BatteryMark is a trademark of Ziff Davis Publishing Holdings Inc., in the U.S. and other countries. A description of the environment under which the test was performed is available at ibm.com/pc/ww/thinkpad/batterylife. Battery life (and recharge times) will vary based on many factors including screen brightness, applications, features, power management, battery conditioning and other customer preferences.
5. 11a, 11b and 11g wireless are based on IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g, respectively. An adapter with 11a/b, or 11a/b/g can communicate on either or any of these listed formats respectively; the actual connection will be based on the access point to which it connects.
6. No other PC maker offers this level of security as a standard PC feature.
7. Mobile Intel Pentium processors feature Intel SpeedStep® technology. With Intel SpeedStep, processor speed may be reduced to conserve battery power.
8. Requires Internet access; not included.</p>
<p>For more information, please contact:
Jennifer Arnold, Communications Manager, Personal Computing Division
02 9478 8326 or jenarn@au1.ibm.com</p>

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