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<p>15" Thin and Light Notebook - A First For IBM ThinkPad T Series</p>
<p>Sydney, Australia, 31 May 2004 ... IBM today announced new models of its flagship ThinkPad T Series notebook computers, including models with the first 15-inch displays for the series -- a new form factor complemented by award-winning ThinkVantage Technologies in wireless, security and PC management.</p>
<p>Optimised for performance and portability, these new 15-inch models provide increased flexibility and comfort with larger, brighter and higher resolution screens. Select models of the 15-inch ThinkPad T42 and T42p come with "Flexview" technology, offering 170-degree viewing angles in all directions.</p>
<p>"IBM is committed to providing customers with the best computing experience possible," said Greg Hunt, IBM’s A/NZ ThinkPad Brand Manager. "IBM's new ThinkPad T42 and T42p notebook computers offer industry-leading battery life in a thin and light package with a desktop PC-sized screen. Together with IBM ThinkVantage Technologies, such as Rescue and Recovery with Rapid Restore, these models take ThinkPad to a whole new level of mobility."</p>
<p>Available in 14 and 15-inch screen models, the ThinkPad T42 and T42p are ideal machines for mobile users in need of a lightweight notebook with extensive functionality. Models of the ThinkPad T42 and T42p will be available with Intel's new mobile Pentium M processors, improving mobile performance and battery life. The new ThinkPad T42 and T42p will be available with Intel Pentium M Processor 735 and 755 technology (1) featuring 2MB of L2 cache, as well as the Intel Pentium M 1.5GHz processor with 1MB of L2 cache.</p>
<p>Power of a Mobile Workstation
Combining the mobility of a ThinkPad notebook with high-speed graphic performance, the ThinkPad T42p mobile workstations offer a robust graphics capacity, raw processing power and long battery life. With the new 15-inch enlarged screen size, the T42p is the ideal solution for displaying detailed designs, dramatic digital content and multimedia projects and high-powered engineering applications.</p>
<p>Select models of the ThinkPad T42p will offer Intel's Pentium M Processor
755, ATI Mobility FireGL T2 Graphics with OpenGL support, "Flexview"
technology, UXGA (1600 x 1200) resolution, 802.11 a/b/g and the entire portfolio of IBM ThinkVantage Technologies. These include IBM's Embedded Security Subsystem, an integrated security chip and downloadable software to protect company's data, secure passwords and guard against unauthorised user access.</p>
<p>ThinkVantage Technologies Rescue Data and Save Time
The ThinkPad T42 and T42p come equipped with a variety of IBM ThinkVantage Technologies that improve security, provide choice and ease-of-use in wireless capabilities, and simplify PC management for IT staff. IBM Rescue and Recovery with Rapid Restore provides a set of self-recovery tools to help users diagnose, get help and recover from a software crash, even if the primary operating system will not boot. This one-button solution helps with everything from easy system backup and the restoration of a corrupted or deleted file, to recovery from a complete software failure.</p>
<p>Because mobile systems are at a continual risk of being dropped and damaged, IBM is offering the Active Protection System on the ThinkPad T42 and T42p to help protect users' data. Similar to the technology used in automobiles to deploy airbags, the Active Protection System 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 hard drive crashes that occur in some falls, helping to prevent total data loss and ultimately reduce downtime.</p>
<p>Designed with mobile users in mind, the new ThinkPad T42 and T42p notebook computers feature high-performance wireless networking with integrated wireless, including Intel's 802.11 b/g (2) wireless on select models.
Included on both new models is IBM Access Connections 3.0, a software solution that saves users' wireless and wired network settings and simplifies the management of multiple connectivity environments.</p>
IBM was one of the first adopters of the 9.5 millimetre optical drive, the Ultrabay Slim. Today, IBM is introducing the new ThinkPad Multi-Burner Ultrabay Slim Drive on select models of the ThinkPad T42 and T42p. Providing the slimmest and most functional IBM DVD recordable drive ever, the ThinkPad Multi-Burner Ultrabay Slim Drive reads and writes most recording formats and helps users to archive and access data, video, photo and music files on high capacity DVDs or CDs.</p>
<p>Approximately 3 centimetres thin (3) and weighing less than 2.4 kilograms (4), IBM's newest 15-inch ThinkPad boasts one of the longest system battery lives in the industry, at up to 6.4 hours (5) on select models. The ThinkPad T42 and T42p's unique battery options work with the system battery to deliver all-day computing for people who take their notebooks with them anywhere and everywhere, offering up to 9 hours of optional battery life.</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability
All new ThinkPad models will be available in June 2004 through www.ibm.com. IBM personal computers are also available through select business partners.
Prices for the T42 start at $2799 and prices for the T42p start at $6,499. All prices include GST.</p>
<p>About IBM ThinkPad
IBM ThinkPad continues to deliver enhancements, innovations and solutions that shape and define the mobile computing industry. Since the launch of the ThinkPad 700C in 1992, these acclaimed notebook computers have been recognised as design and engineering models, winning more than 1,000 industry awards worldwide. For more information, see www.ibm.com/thinkpad.
For more information on IBM's on demand strategy, visit http://www.ibm.com/ondemand</p>
<p>IBM, ThinkPad, and ThinkVantage Technologies are trademarks or registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation.</p>
<p>Intel and Pentium are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation.</p>
<p>Prices do not include tax or shipping and are subject to change without notice. Reseller prices may vary.</p>
<p>1. Mobile Intel Pentium processors feature Intel SpeedStep® technology.
With Intel SpeedStep, processor speed may be reduced to conserve battery power.
2. 11a, 11b and 11g wireless are based on IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11 g, 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.
3. Thinness may vary at certain points on the system.
4. Includes battery and optional travel bezel instead of standard optical drive in UltraBay bay, if applicable; weight may vary due to vendor components, manufacturing process and options.
5. These model numbers achieved eTesting Labs, Inc's BatteryMark(TM) 4.0.1, or 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.</p>