RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. - 21 May 2003: IBM today announced the first models of its redesigned PC line, the new ThinkCentre desktop, offering innovative new ThinkVantage Technologies that will help customers reduce system operating costs and increase productivity.
With a significantly smaller footprint, the ThinkCentre S50, as well as the M50 and A50p, feature an easy access, tool-free chassis design, simplifying maintenance, upgrades and service for customers. They're available immediately.
"Maintaining thousands of desktops and notebooks across our campus can be a daunting task," said Phil Lyles, director of information technology at Clemson University, which is deploying 1,000 new IBM desktops, including the new ThinkCentre S50 and M50 models. "Reducing maintenance and support costs is extremely important to the Clemson IT staff. Adopting tool-free designs helps save our staff members time, and the potential for utilizing a technology like Rapid Restore Ultra means that our students, faculty and staff members would be able to recover from software problems more quickly, without wasting time with a help desk."
Clemson University, located in Clemson, South Carolina, supports its scientific and technical orientation with a progressive IT infrastructure. With more than 60 wireless hot-spots throughout the 16,000-student campus, Clemson equips students with instantaneous access to information, communications, web resources and processing capabilities.
All new ThinkCentre models announced today are equipped with IBM ThinkVantage Technologies such as Rapid Restore Ultra, which help education and corporate customers alike to dramatically reduce the number of deskside service visits and help center calls, resulting in significant productivity and dollar savings.
Higher performance, easier maintenance
The ThinkCentre S50, M50 and A50p all feature a new internal architecture that capitalizes on the hyper-threading capabilities of Intel's Pentium 4 processor, which improves performance by multitasking. New ThinkCentre models also include a tool-free chassis design, which simplifies and enhances usability. Encased in a durable steel chassis, components inside the machine, such as the hard disk and memory, can easily be removed by the customer, making the PC serviceable and upgradeable, helping to limit the downtime and cost associated with on-site support. Cable routing is bundled out of the way for easy access to components and cable ends and user "touch points" are colored blue to be easily identified by the user.
ThinkCentre desktops also feature an innovative "caddy" that surrounds the hard disk drive, locking it into place without the use of tools or screws. Rubber bumpers on the caddy decrease vibration and deliver quieter operation. Other mechanical improvements have been made to the overall design of the new ThinkCentre PCs, including improved air flow and reduced noise.
Select ThinkCentre models feature IBM ThinkVantage Technologies that improve security and simplify PC "fleet management" for IT organizations, including Rapid Restore Ultra. Rapid Restore Ultra provides a one-button backup and recovery solution that can easily restore previously saved data, settings and applications after a software failure. All of the ThinkVantage Technologies help meet new requirements for flexibility and dynamic reconfiguration of global organizations moving toward an on-demand business model.
Three New Ways of Thinking
The ThinkCentre S50 is a feature-rich global enterprise PC offering image and platform stability in an extremely small form factor. Featuring a space-saving design with dimensions of just 12.2 inches wide by 14.1 inches deep by 3.3 inches high, the ThinkCentre S50 is 62 percent smaller than a traditional IBM desktop and allows for flexible placement, either horizontally or vertically.
Responding to customer feedback, IBM designed the ThinkCentre S50 to feature an internal power supply, two full-size PCI slots, three bays, and an industry-standard desktop optical drive. These features allow customization and easy upgrading, which is uncommon for a small form factor PC.
IBM also today introduced the ThinkCentre M50, with enhanced support for Red Hat and SuSE Linux. The M50 provides stability and manageability for the enterprise and is available with three improved mechanical designs. Each of these models shares a common system board and software image (per operating system), giving flexibility and image compatibility to organizations purchasing various models of the M50. Images on the S50 and M50 are compatible, enabling a single image to be deployed across multiple platforms. Both the S50 and M50 offer global models available in 68 countries and workhorse models that feature 12 months of planned hardware stability.
IBM is also announcing today the ThinkCentre A50p, a multimedia-centric machine offering a wide range of optical drives and video graphics adapters with up to 128MB DDR memory (1). Later this year, IBM will introduce its value-priced ThinkCentre A30, designed for small and medium-sized businesses, education and government customers who need a robust desktop at an economical price (2).
Leveraging ThinkVantage Technologies
All new ThinkCentre S50, M50 and A50p desktops are equipped to take advantage of ImageUltra, IBM's innovative, patented image management technology designed to lower costs by reducing the number of software images managed by IT departments. The ThinkCentre S50, M50 and A50p also feature the new Access IBM button, a "portal to IBM support" that taps into a rich set of onboard resources, diagnostic tools, automated solutions, and links to updates and service on-line for customers with Internet access.
Select models of the new ThinkCentre S50, M50 and A50p desktops feature 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.
Select ThinkCentre models also offer industry standard technologies, such as Serial ATA, dual-channel memory and Intel's Pentium 4 processor with hyper-threading, improving overall system performance and efficiency.
New ThinkVision Flat Panel and CRT Monitors
New IBM ThinkVision L170 and L170p flat panel monitors announced today complement the ThinkCentre line. The L170 is part of IBM's Essential monitor family and the L170p is a member of the high-end Performance line. These new 17-inch flat panel LCD monitors display an optimum resolution of 1280 x 1024 and offer unique ThinkVantage Design characteristics, including an on-screen display function that helps enable more intuitive adjustments and direct access to frequently used monitor functions. In addition to its 500:1 contrast ration and wide viewing angles of 170 degrees, the L170p ergonomic stand keeps the base stationary while allowing the monitor to swivel 135 degrees in either direction. The stand also offers smooth, effortless tilt and lift adjustments. The lift function provides infinite height adjustment within a 100mm vertical range (3.9 inches) allowing the user to adjust for optimal viewing comfort. The L170p offers analog or digital system attachment as well as dual input that allows the monitor to be attached to two systems simultaneously.
IBM today also announced the new ThinkVision C170 and C190 monitors, offering high quality CRT technology at an affordable price. Both monitors feature IBM ThinkVantage Design characteristics including an easy-to-use on-screen display for monitor adjustments, as well as quick and easy setup. The strong design of these displays complement IBM's new ThinkCentre systems and peripherals to provide a synergistic family appearance. The ThinkVision C170 is a 17-inch monitor with a 16-inch viewable image size, the C190 is a 19-inch monitor with an 18-inch viewable image size, both displays have superior front of screen performance.
Pricing and Availability
The ThinkCentre S50 desktop, ThinkCentre M50 and ThinkCentre A50p are available immediately through www.ibm.com. IBM personal computers are also available through select business partners. Prices for the ThinkCentre A50 desktop start at $599, prices for the ThinkCentre S50 start at $729, and prices for the ThinkCentre M50 start at $979. Prices for the ThinkCentre A50p start at $699. The ThinkCentre A30, announcing later this year, will start at $469.
The ThinkVision L170 and L170p monitor are now available through www.ibm.com. IBM ThinkVision monitors are also available through select business partners. The L170 is priced at $499, and the price for the ThinkVision L170p is $539. The ThinkVision C170 and C190 are available beginning June 6, 2003 through www.ibm.com. The price for the ThinkVision C170 is $189, and the ThinkVision C190 is priced at $249.
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(1) ThinkCentre models without a separate video card, memory supports both system and video. Accessible system memory may be up to 64MB less than the amount stated, depending on video mode.
(2) Statements of future capabilities, support or products represent IBM's goals and may be revised or canceled without notice based on IBM business or technical judgment.
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