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IBM Enriches Award-Winning ThinkPad Notebook Computer Line

Wide Array of Options Designed to Enhance User Experience

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. - 20 Mar 2001: IBM today enriched its award-winning ThinkPad line of notebook computers with the introduction of new A, T, and X Series models replete with a full complement of customizable UltraPort options. Select models of the A and T Series are powered by the new Mobile Intel® Pentium® III 1GHz1 processor, the fastest processor ever available in an IBM ThinkPad.

The new ThinkPad A Series models -- the A22m and A22p -- boast many of the capabilities of a desktop workstation with the flexibility of a mobile PC.
The new models feature high-resolution screens as large as 15 inches, a big, comfortable keyboard, expansion options and desktop-like functions such as superior graphics capabilities.

The ThinkPad T22 provides an optimum balance of performance and portability, offering the mobile user the latest technology in a thin and light form factor. With a travel weight that starts at 4.7 pounds2 , the T22 is the lightest, high-performance notebook with a 14.1-inch TFT screen3. Select models of both the A and T Series are now available with the latest Mobile Intel Pentium III processor featuring Intel SpeedStep® technology at 1GHz.

The ultraportable ThinkPad X21 features the latest low voltage Intel processors that help extend battery life to nearly five hours4. Designed for road warriors who spend significant time away from the office, the X Series models start as light as 3.1 pounds and are about an inch thin with a 12.1-inch TFT display.

'Mobile Computing Benefits'
"With today's ThinkPad announcements, we are enhancing user performance in a variety of ways, through faster processors, longer battery life and unique accessories," said Rick McGee, vice president, mobile brand marketing, IBM Personal Computing Division. "These enhancements give users even more capability, and allow them to better tailor their ThinkPads to fit the way they work and live."

Interchangeable accessories are common across A, T and X Series. An UltraPort connector at the top of the display of select models gives customers the flexibility of attaching innovative options without cumbersome connectors. A USB adapter is also available.

"With IBM's new ThinkPad line, my customers will benefit from simple migration, consistent product standards and an extensive line of readily-available options that enable users to add any functionality they would find on the most powerful desktop," said Jeff Burgess, president, Burgess Computer Decisions, a reseller of hardware and software solutions and network services based in Northbrook, Ill. " More importantly, IBM offers the greatest overall value, along with more competitive pricing and product availability to ensure that I can fulfill my customers' orders quickly and to their satisfaction."

IBM UltraPort options announced today include:

"IBM continues to show a major commitment to creating powerful tools for mobile computing," said Tim Bajarin, president, Creative Strategies, Inc. "These new offerings extend IBM's leadership role in this critical area of portable computing."

Pricing, Availability, Service and Support
ThinkPad A22m and A22p models will be generally available April 13. Prices range from $18496 to $3169 for the A22m, and $3899 to $4169 for the A22p. The ThinkPad T22 will be available March 28, with prices ranging from $2599 to $4199. The ThinkPad X21 will be available April 2, with prices ranging from $2199 to $2799. Worldwide availability varies by country. All models come preloaded with Microsoft® Windows® 98 or Windows 2000 Professional.

The IBM UltraPort Camera II is priced at $99 and is available now, and the UltraPort Compact Flash Reader will be available March 31 at a price of $89. The UltraPort IrDA Module will be available next month, with a price of $75; and the UltraPort Digital Array Microphone will be available in June with a price of $199. All prices quoted are Web list price.

Wireless Capability
These new IBM ThinkPad models are network ready with modem and Ethernet ports standard. Users seeking the freedom of wireless computing can easily add the optional 802.11b IBM High Rate Wireless LAN PC Card 128 for wireless networking (an optional IBM High Rate Wireless LAN Access Point is also availableand necessary in order to enable wireless networking) or the Bluetooth PC Card from IBM for short-range wireless capability.

IBM also offers a ThinkPad Dock and a ThinkPad Port Replicator, which can be used across these newA, T and X Series models.

The IBM ThinkPad family offers a broad range of functionality for companies of all sizes as well as individuals. The notebook computers are available directly from IBM via the Internet at http://www.ibm.com/thinkpad or via phone at 1-888-SHOP-IBM. The new ThinkPad notebooks are also available through IBM business partners.

IBM's renowned service and support are now even more convenient with the ThinkPad Button; a one-button link to Access ThinkPad and the ThinkPad Assistant. Users can find the information needed to set up, learn about and enhance their notebook, including a link to the new ThinkPad Community Web pageat http://www.ibm.com/pc/us/thinkpad/community and an on-system user's guide.

Options by IBM offers a wide range of accessories and upgrades designed to work with the IBM ThinkPad. For a complete list of options, visit http://www.ibm.com/options.

IBM offers personalized Web-based support, a one-or three-year limited warranty depending on model type and 24X7 toll-free hardware support (response times may vary) during the warranty period.

Contact(s) information

Rick Bause
IBM Media Relations
914-766-3990
rbause@us.ibm.com