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IBM Presents 20 Millionth ThinkPad Notebook to Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management

Leading Business School Receives Best-Selling Notebook

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LAS VEGAS, NV - 20 Nov 2003: IBM presented the 20 millionth ThinkPad notebook computer to the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University this week in recognition of the business school's leadership in the application of technology to improve business performance.

In a ceremony attended by customers and business partners participating in the COMDEX Las Vegas information technology conference, Deepak Advani, vice president of worldwide marketing and strategy, IBM Personal Computing Division, presented the ThinkPad T41 notebook to Catherine Grimsted, associate dean and chief operating officer of the Kellogg School of Management.

"The Kellogg School of Management is honored to participate in this milestone," said Grimsted. "ThinkPad is used by Kellogg students, faculty and staff because it fits well within our wireless classroom and mobile working environment. A rigorous analysis is conducted annually by our MBA students and IT department and the robust ThinkPad notebook has been selected for the past five years."

The Kellogg School of Management is rated the No. 1 business school in the United States by BusinessWeek Magazine, and the No. 1 business school in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) of London. The school is known for its customer-focused approach to the education of business students and its work in leadership development, ethics, and teamwork. Its students use ThinkPad notebooks in course work throughout the curriculum.

"Kellogg is doing remarkable research and education in the way businesses use technology to attain competitive advantage," Advani said. "This educational strategy is making significant contributions to the need for innovation throughout our global economy."

IBM ThinkPad is the best-selling notebook brand in the history of personal computing. Since its introduction in 1992, an era that began with the famous "clamshell" notebook design, ThinkPad has delivered many "firsts," including the first notebook with each of the following: color LCD panel, 14-inch LCD, full-sized keyboard, and removable hard drive. ThinkPad's latest "first" is the Active Protection System, a new ThinkVantage Technology that helps protect a system's hard drive, in much the same way an air bag protects a vehicle's passengers.

With more than 1,000 industry awards worldwide since its inception, IBM ThinkPad notebooks have been used in numerous Space Shuttle missions, under the oceans, and carried in chilling cold during several climbs to K2 and Mt. Everest. An IBM ThinkPad notebook is included in the permanent design collection of the Modern Museum of Art in New York.

The 20 millionth IBM ThinkPad notebook features Intel Centrino mobile technology, with 512 MB RAM of memory, a 1.7 GHz processor (1), a 60 GB hard drive (2) and an extended battery life of up to eight and a half hours (3) by combining the system battery with an optional second battery. The ThinkPad T41 is one of the industry's thinnest and lightest 14-inch notebooks, at a little less than one-inch thick and with a travel weight (4) of four and a half pounds.

IBM ThinkPad notebooks start at $799 (5) and are available for purchase at www.ibm.com. For more information, visit www.ibm.com/thinkpad.

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Intel and Centrino are trademarks of Intel Corporation.

(1) Mobile Intel Pentium processors feature Intel SpeedStep technology. With Intel SpeedStep, processor speed may be reduced to conserve battery power.

(2) For hard drive, GB=billion bytes, accessible capacity is less; up to 4 GB is service partition.

(3) These model numbers achieved the Ziff Davis Media, Inc.'s Business Winstone 2002 Battery Mark Version 1.0, Battery Rundown Time of at least the time shown. This test was performed without independent verification by the VeriTest testing division of Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. (VeriTest) or Ziff Davis Media, Inc.; neither Ziff Davis Media, Inc. nor VeriTest makes any representations or warranties as to these test results. Winstone is a registered trademark and BatteryMark is a trademark of Ziff Davis Media, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. A description of the environment under which the test was performed is available at www.ibm.com/pc/ww/thinkpad/batterylife.html

. Battery Life (and recharge times) will vary based on many factors including screen brightness, applications, features, power management, battery conditioning and other customer preferences.

(4) Includes battery and optional travel bezel instead of standard optical drive in Ultrabay bay, if applicable; weight may vary due to vendor components, manufacturing process and options. Thinness may vary at certain points on the system.

(5) Prices do not include tax or shipping and are subject to change without notice. Reseller prices may vary.

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Bob Page
IBM Media Relations
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rpage@us.ibm.com