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New IBM Aptiva Home PCs Deliver Lifelike Multimedia and True Expandability

New Aptivas with Windows 98 Feature Hot Technology at a Great Price

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. - 22 Jun 1998: - IBM(R) today announced two new home PCs that deliver the innovation of Windows 98, lifelike multimedia and excellent expandability for a superior home computing experience. The new Aptiva(R) E85 and E96 models are equipped with the hottest technology at affordable prices.

The new Aptiva E85 incorporates the latest AMD K6-2 processor with 3DNow! technology. This new chip from AMD delivers a new level of multimedia capabilities to Aptiva, such as razor-sharp graphics and crystal clear audio, for applications designed to take advantage of the 3DNow! technology. IBM is also proud to introduce the Aptiva E96, the latest system with Intel's powerful 333 MHz(1) Pentium II processor, packed with the latest technology and prepared for the future. Both systems provide users with a realistic 3D experience and offer consumers the ultimate combination of performance, expandability and affordability.

``Our new Aptivas are ready to run with Windows 98, giving consumers peace of mind,'' said Brian Connors, vice president, IBM Aptiva brand. ``This announcement reaffirms IBM's commitment to aggressively deliver new technology, combined with award-winning service, reliability and room to expand. This is the enduring value that customers have come to expect from Aptiva.''

Expandability with Multimedia Intensity

These Aptivas offer convenient expansion through an easy-to-open, full-size tower design loaded with several open slots and drive bays, as well as plug-and-play-ready USB ports.

Amazing multimedia features such as arcade-level 3D graphics with ATIO Rage Pro graphic accelerators, ActiveMovie software MPEG and SRS 3D Surround Sound create an intense computing experience for the Aptiva user. Aptiva desktop speakers are included with every system unit and are designed to accommodate a subwoofer for the ultimate sound experience.

Get to the Net -- Fast

The new IBM Aptivas are equipped with numerous ways to access and enhance a user's Internet experience. These features include: K56 Flex(2) modems for high-speed Internet access, a choice of web browsers, and trial Internet Service Provider subscriptions of 100 free hours to AOL and 50 free hours to IBM Internet Connection(3).

IBM recently announced a multi-year agreement defining a long term strategic relationship with AOL. AOL will be featured on all IBM Aptiva systems. IBM, together with AOL, is bringing easy access to the Internet through the most widely recognized Internet Service Provider.

IBM Aptiva PCs uniquely provide automated identification and downloading of the latest system updates, select software files, drivers, utilities and solutions over the Internet through Update Connector(4). With ``Aptiva on the Net,'' IBM Aptiva owners can also surf the IBM website for information, news, tips, help and support, at no charge during the warranty period (no ISP account needed)(5).

Price and Availability

The Aptiva E85 is priced at $1,099(a) with an AMD K6-2/300 MHz(1) processor, 64MB of RAM (expandable to 256MB)(6) and a 6.0 GB(7) hard drive. At $1,799(a), the Aptiva E96 is equipped with a 333 MHz Intel Pentium II processor, 96MB of RAM (expandable to 384MB) and an 8.0 GB hard drive. Both systems are preloaded with Windows 98, top-rated Norton AntiVirus(8), a 32X-14X CD-ROM drive(9) and Lotus SmartSuite(10) software, which includes Lotus 1-2-3, WordPro, Freelance Graphics, among others. The E85 and E96 are available at select retailers across the country, as well as through IBM Consumer Direct (1-800-426-7235, ext. 4340).

To further enhance the home PC computing experience, IBM recently introduced a new IBM flat panel monitor that requires approximately 60% less desk space than traditional monitors. This 14.1 inch (viewable size) monitor, which is optimized for viewing at 1024x768 resolution, delivers crisp, flicker-free images that are viewable from wide angles. In fulfilling its commitment to provide consumers with access to the latest technology innovations at affordable prices, IBM is offering a $100 rebate on select monitors (model numbers 2124-001, 2127-001 and 2127-005) from June 1 through July 14, 1998.

IBM Extends its Windows 98 Upgrade Offer for Select Aptiva Models

IBM continues to deliver the latest technology to consumers by extending its offer of a special upgrade to Windows 98 on select Aptiva models through August 31, 1998. IBM Aptiva customers will enjoy the peace of mind in knowing they can take full advantage of the benefits Windows 98 offers, at no additional cost.

About IBM Owner Privileges Membership

Aptiva customers will enjoy great deals on accessories and software, preferred service and helpful advisory articles through IBM's Owner Privileges program(11). The first year of membership in Owner Privileges is included with a new Aptiva purchase and consists of:

For more information about IBM Aptiva PCs, visit the IBM home page on the World Wide Web at http://www.us.pc.ibm.com/aptiva or call 1-800-426-7235 ext. 4340. Additional information about IBM's Owner Privileges program can be obtained through the Web site located at http://www.us.pc.ibm.com/privileges or by calling 1-888-PRIVILEGES.

IBM Consumer Division, a leading manufacturer and developer of hardware and software solutions for the home, was established as a business unit within IBM in 1995. The Consumer Division's products have been widely recognized for technology innovation and product design. These products include the Aptiva family of personal computers, Consumer Options and Solutions, the IBM Brings You Crayola(R) family of software, the Edmark(R) brand of educational software and IBM reference software products including the World Book(TM) Multimedia Encyclopedia.

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IBM, Aptiva and Owner Privileges are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Intel and Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation. AMD, the AMD logo, K6, 3DNow! and combinations thereof, are registered trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other company, product and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

(a) 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 K56 Flex modems are designed to be capable of receiving data up to 56 Kbps from a K56 Flex compatible service provider and transmitting data at up to 33.6 Kbps; public networks currently limit maximum download speeds to about 53 Kbps; actual speeds depend on many factors and are often less than the maximum possible.

3 Line charges and surcharges may apply. Online service charges will apply after expiration of initial trial period.

4 Available at no charge to registered Aptiva owners during the one year Aptiva warranty. Line charges may apply.

5 Access to IBM website only. Line charges may apply.

6 Installed memory in excess of 64MB will not derive performance enhancements from the included external cache.

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

8 OEM version.

9 Variable read rate. Playback speed will vary and is often less than the maximum possible.

10 Software may differ from retail versions (if any) and may not include all functions and user documentation.

11 Owner Privileges is available to U.S. and Canadian Aptiva owners. Memberships are included with Aptiva purchase, beginning on the date of the purchase, and are not available on refurbished Aptivas. Registration of your Aptiva is a condition of program membership. Those who bought a qualifying PC before 4/1/98 may purchase a membership for $20 U.S./$25 Canada. IBM reserves the right to modify or withdraw the program at any time.

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

13 Non-IBM products are offered and tested by a third-party manufacturer and are not warranted by IBM.

14 Internet access required.