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New IBM Workpad PC Companions Empower Enterprises with Mobile e-business Solutions

Provide integration with Lotus Notes and improved ergonomics

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. - 23 Feb 1999: - IBM today introduced two new models of its WorkPad PC Companion line. Corporate professionals will now have quicker access to critical enterprise data thanks to easy data synching with Lotus Notes, wireless connectivity and enhanced IBM service and support.

"These new WorkPad models and our solutions Web site demonstrate IBM's commitment to providing customers the best pervasive computing solutions for improving productivity when mobile," said Adalio Sanchez, general manager, IBM Mobile Computing.

Designed for mobile corporate users, the new IBM WorkPad PC Companions incorporate improved LCD screens for ultra-clear viewing, and include a new model with an ultra-thin form factor and rechargeable batteries for improved portability.

Recognizing corporate needs, these new units also include EasySync for Lotus Notes software, and IBM WorkPad Infrared (IR) Synchronization software to wirelessly HotSyncTM WorkPads to IBM desktop PCs or ThinkPads equipped with infrared ports. WorkPad owners will also have access to a new IBM PC Companion solutions Web site to learn about industry-leading software applications for their WorkPad. This Web site will also allow customers to download enterprise PC Companion software applications. WorkPad users can also take advantage of thousands of application from third-party vendors since both models are based on 3COM's Palm Computing Platform, version 3.1.

Enhanced Mobile Connectivity
For added convenience, the IBM WorkPad PC Companion is now bundled with EasySync for Lotus Notes. With more than 34 million users, Lotus Notes is the most popular groupware system in the world. EasySync for Lotus Notes allows users to quickly and easily synchronize their important business information such as e-mail, calendars, contacts, tasks and other information with the IBM WorkPad PC Companion.

In addition, WorkPad IR Syncronization software provides users with a convenient solution for enhancing the portability of the WorkPad PC Companion. Users can upgrade their WorkPad to perform wireless back up and data synchronization, eliminating the need to bring along the desktop docking cradle. By simply pointing their infrared-enabled WorkPad in the direction of an infrared-equipped IBM ThinkPad or IBM desktop PC and tapping the WorkPad HotSync application, users can smoothly synchronize data without cables.

Advanced e-business and Pervasive Computing Tools
To facilitate e-business solutions, IBM will be launching a new Web site for enterprises to learn how PC Companions can be easily integrated into business processes for maximum advantage. By simply visiting the IBM PC Companion solutions Web site, users can learn about, try out and purchase applications, allowing them to determine which solutions are best suited for their business needs. Featured applications will include IBM pervasive computing solutions such as IBM Mobile Connect, which enables synchronization of information from the WorkPad directly to enterprise servers such as Lotus Notes Domino and Microsoft Exchange. The IBM PC Companion solutions Web site will also feature offerings from select third party software vendors.

Enhanced Ergonomics and Usability
The new WorkPad PC Companions models incorporate a slimmer form factor for easier portability, increased memory for customized applications and enhanced displays that allow for bright clear viewing. The new IBM WorkPad model 30x offers an improved screen and enhanced data capacity with 4MB of RAM. The new IBM WorkPad c3 (model 40x) incorporates 2MB of RAM, an ultra-thin form factor and weight of a mere 119 grams (including battery). A new monochrome LCD display allows for bright, clear viewing and a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery allows users to work even longer, with up to two weeks of battery life. For advanced ease-of-use, a new HotSync cradle with integrated rechargers allows users to simply place the WorkPad c3 in its cradle to recharge the battery.

Pricing and Availability
The new IBM WorkPad models will be available worldwide, including, for the first time, in Japan. The recently-announced Japanese version of the Palm Computing Platform will also be available exclusively on the new IBM WorkPad model 30x. The IBM WorkPad model 30x will be available immediately with an estimated reseller price of $369 (1). The IBM WorkPad c3 will ship in March with an estimated reseller price of $449. IBM supports the WorkPad with a one year limited warranty and toll-free access to the IBM Help Center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (2). For more information, call 800-426-7255 x4751.

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1 All prices quoted are estimated reseller prices to end users.

2 Not available on some holidays. Response times may vary. Fees may apply. For terms and conditions or a copy of IBM's Statement of Limited Warranty call 800-772-2227. Toll free support is available during the warranty period.

Contact(s) information

James Sciales
IBM
914-766-3611
sciales@us.ibm.com