IBM's secret R&D exposed

IBM's secret R&D exposed

IBM's rocket to the top of third quarter PC sales has caught the industry by surprise and has left many of its competitors wondering how Big Blue does it.

Tabloid's spies have been out and about this week to get the scoop on IBM's R&D concealed in a secret backyard location somewhere in the suburbs of Melbourne. Posing as an IBM employee, Tabloid photographer Ian Askinyou was able to take this photo before being bundled off by IBM officials.

It is believed the new PC, to be dubbed Think Portable, will feature a P3, 750MHz processor, 256MB SDRam, 15 inch screen, OpenGL x 2AGP video card (32MB), 18GB SCSI HD, SBlive SoundBlaster, 2x firewire, 2 x USB ports and a lightweight carry case. Still in its beta phase, IBM remains tightlipped about shipping and availability, but promises the channel will be briefed on new developments after the Think Portable has been sold into all of IBM's major outsourcing contracts.

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