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IBM Aptiva Boasts First PC at Retail With High-Speed AMD-K6-2/475 MHz Chip

New Aptiva 530 Gives Consumers More Computing Punch than Comparably Priced Retail Systems with New AMD Processor and Internal Iomega Zip Drive

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Research Triangle Park, NC - 29 Apr 1999: . . . IBM today became the first company to announce a home PC featuring the latest processor from AMD. The newest Aptiva E Series model -- the Aptiva 530 -- is equipped with AMD's new K6-2/475 MHz(1) processor and an internal Iomega Zip drive to meet the speed and price requirements of work-at-home and small business users.

"IBM is paying particular attention to the unique computing demands of the home office and small business professional," said Mike Braun, general manager, IBM Consumer Division. "In response, we are delivering the Aptiva 530, a leading-edge PC, at the power and price these customers need to get the job done successfully -- at home or in the office."

The Aptiva 530 provides superior value with a fully loaded software(2) offering, including IBM's award-winning ViaVoice(TM) speech recognition technology and Lotus(R) SmartSuite, a comprehensive package of day-to-day business and scheduling applications. Combined with the substantial processor speed, hard drive and memory size, as well as an internal Zip drive, this new system delivers all the core components necessary to keep a consumer productive for years to come.

"Our relationship with IBM is especially important to us, and together, we combined our technology expertise to provide consumers with a robust, leading-edge computing solution," said Dave Sheffler, vice president of sales, Americas, from Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. "IBM is the first vendor to offer our new 475 MHz processor, via retail outlets, in computer systems that deliver the extra power needed by work-at-home and small business customers. We look forward to continue working with IBM to deliver exceptional PC value and functionality to consumers."

Aptiva 530 Defines New Price/Performance Standard

The IBM Aptiva E Series has established a reputation for delivering a leading combination of features, technology and value to its customers. The company continues that tradition with the introduction of the Aptiva 530. For the first time, consumers can have a PC that hosts the power of an AMD-K6/2 475MHz processor with 3DNow!(TM) technology and the added capacity of an internal Iomega Zip Drive for $1,299*. The combination of these two features, along with the other value added offerings of the system, is important to small businesses, work-at-home users and even students interested in maintaining a high level of productivity and staying connected to family, friends and colleagues. Base features of the system are:

Aptiva 530
Estimated Reseller Price* $1,299
Processor AMD-K6/2 475 MHz with 3DNow! technology
Memory
(Std/Max)(3)
64/256 MB SDRAM
Hard Drive(4) 13 GB
Drive(5) 32X Max-14X Min CD-ROM
Internal Zip Drive Iomega 100MB
Ease-of-Use and Customization Features EasyChoice; ViaVoice; Personal Portals with Excite, Lycos and Yahoo; Rapid Access Keyboard

The Customized Computing Experience - IBM Owner Privileges

For added value and personalization of the computing experience, all new Aptiva models feature a one year limited warranty(6) and include a membership(7) in the acclaimed Owner Privileges membership program. The program includes:

Information about IBM's Owner Privileges program can be obtained through the Web site located at www.ibm.com/pc/us/privileges or by calling 1-888-PRIVILEGES.

Availability

The new Aptiva will be available at select retail stores nationwide in May. For more information about IBM Aptiva PCs, visit the IBM home page on the World Wide Web at www.ibm.com/aptiva or call 1-800-426-7235 ext. 4340.

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IBM, Aptiva, Rapid Access, ViaVoice and Owner Privileges are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation.

AMD-K6 is a registered trademark and 3DNow! is a trademark of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

Other company, product and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

* Estimated reseller price without monitor. Actual prices may vary.

(1) MHz only measures internal clock speed, not application performance; many factors affect application performance.


(2) Software may differ from its retail version (if available), and may not include user manuals or all program functionality.


(3) Installed memory in excess of 128MB will not derive performance enhancements from the included external cache.


(4) GB equals one billion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity; accessible capacity may be less.


(5) Variable read rate. Actual playback speed will vary and is often less than the maximum possible.


(6) For terms and conditions or copies of IBM's limited warranty, call 1-800-772-2227 in the U.S. and in Canada call 1-800-426-2255.


(7) Membership in Owner Privileges is currently included with the purchase of an IBM Aptiva PC or an i Series ThinkPad mobile system (excluding refurbished machines). Registration is required for membership. IBM reserves the right to modify or withdraw the program at any time.


(8) Some fees may apply to Help Center Support. Preferred call handling is only available during the limited warranty period.


(9) Internet access required.

Contact(s) information

Lisa Kaslyn
IBM Media Relations
212-745-3110
kaslyn@us.ibm.com