IBM Heat-Seeker NetVista Desktops Get Leaner, More Flexible

New Size, Price, Multimedia Options and 3-Year On-Site Limited Warranty Move Pentium(R) 4 Performance to the Mainstream

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C - 06 Mar 2001: IBM today announced new NetVista(TM) A60 personal systems that are smaller, lower in price and feature a whole new set of multimedia and graphics features. Defining cutting-edge power and performance, the NetVista A60 is now a leaner, more flexible tower that moves the powerful multimedia, imaging and Internet capabilities of Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 technology to the mainstream.

Sleek new NetVista A60 and A60i towers, 20 percent smaller than the original, now join the line. The models now feature Pentium 4 processor speeds of 1.3, 1.4 and 1.5 GHz(1). Prices now start at $1,449(2) -- more than 30 percent lower than when the original A60 and A60i were introduced in November, reflecting the growing momentum of the NetVista A60. Some NetVista A60i models now include an IEEE 1394 interface that enables people to quickly capture and edit digital video and other data. Additionally, new multimedia features include a combo drive (CD-RW/DVD-ROM) that enables people to record and play their own CDs, read DVD-ROM discs, and play DVD movies all on one drive.

The NetVista A60 is ideal for businesses looking for a total end-to-end solution.

"As an administrator, I wanted a reliable machine that could be easily deployed across our organization," said Bradley Gibson, manager of PC technologies for Pennsylvania-American Water Company. "The NetVista A60 offers a powerful solution that, when combined with the Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 2000 operating system, makes the set up of machines quick and painless. The NetVista A60 is also versatile enough to meet the diverse needs of our company. We support over 500 associates in fields such as engineering, accounting, programming and communications, which require the use of standard business applications, graphics-intensive applications and programming support tools running on Windows 2000."

IBM has worked closely with Intel to implement new Pentium 4 technology in the NetVista A60 series, leveraging the processor's strengths in multimedia and multi-tasking. The NetVista A60 is designed for demanding new Internet technologies such as XML, Flash, and JAVA; new e-business tools such as data visualization and information management; and new consumer technologies such as streaming video, MP3 audio and digital photo and video editing.

Launched less than one year ago, models in the IBM NetVista line have already won more than 30 top industry awards, including eWEEK's award for best new e-business desktop of 2000, three Product Design Awards from Industrie Forum Design Hannover, Popular Science's Best of What's New 2000, and PC Magazine's Innovative PC Award. A NetVista desktop system is now on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Easy-to-use NetVista software tools like IBM Backup and Restore and IBM Data Transfer help people transfer their data and electronic personality settings from previous personal computers, and provide one-button restore capabilities in the event of software glitches or system crashes.

Specifications

The new NetVista A60i and A60 models are expandable and user-upgradeable, featuring a wide range of technology that offers consumers and businesses of all sizes with a safe investment that solves current and future computing needs. Select NetVista A60i systems include the Creative SoundBlaster Live! audio card, three-piece speakers with subwoofer, hard drives up to 80-Gigabyte(4), 56K modems(5) or 10/100 Ethernet network cards, the latest high-performance graphics cards including the 64 MB NVIDIA GeForce GTS Pro graphics card and the 32 MB ATI Radeon All-in-Wonder card, which combines the capabilities of a Digital Video Recorder for television with home-video recording and DVD playback.

The NetVista A60 business models include a comprehensive IBM 3-year on-site limited warranty(8), Microsoft Windows 2000 or Windows NT(R) Choose 'N Recover, Microsoft Office Small Business Edition(6) and IBM's Software Select CD. The NetVista A60i consumer models also feature the 3-year on-site limited warranty(8), Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Net Objects Fusion 5.0, Microsoft Works Suite, and IBM's Software Select CD.

Several IBM-developed ease-of-use features come standard with the A60i including:
- IBM Rapid Access(TM) III keyboard with one-touch keys make surfing the Web and computing easy(3);
- IBM ScrollPoint(R) III mouse allows for easy 360-degree navigation through Web pages and spreadsheets;
- Access IBM button for one-touch fast path access to customized information and IBM help(3).

Multimedia Features

The new IBM 8X/4X/32X-8X CD-RW/DVD-ROM (7) Combo Drive combines the best functions of two drives (a CD-RW and DVD-ROM) into one system. It writes, rewrites and reads CD-RW media; records and reads CD-R media; reads all popular CD-ROM and CD media; reads DVD-ROM discs; and plays MPEG-2 DVD movies. The ATI Radeon All-in-Wonder graphics card enables people to take control of television viewing, pause live broadcasts, create instant replays, and use Guide Plus+ to search through TV listings and record by title, category, actor or date, without monthly fees(3). The IBM IEEE 1394 feature enables people to quickly capture digital video and other data, features automatic configuration, and includes MGI Video Wave digital video editing software. It supports data transfer speeds up to 400 Mbps and includes cables for connections to IEEE 1394 devices.

Pricing and Availability

Both the IBM NetVista A60 and A60i are available immediately and start at $1,449. Models with the 80-Gigabyte hard drive and the combo drive will be available in April. All can be purchased direct through www.ibm.com or by calling 1-888-SHOP-IBM. The NetVista line is also available through select IBM business partners. For more information, see www.ibm.com/netvista.

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1. MHz and GHz only measures microprocessor internal clock speed; many factors affect application performance.

2. Pricing shown is pricing available directly from IBM; does not include taxes or shipping and is subject to change without notice. Reseller prices may vary. IBM reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice.

3. Requires separate Internet access account.

4. GB equals 1 billion bytes and MB equals 1 million bytes when referring to storage capbility; accessible capacity may be less.

5. These 56K modems are designed to be capable of receiving data at up to 56Kbps with compatible phone line and server equipment, and transmitting data at up to 31.2 Kbps. Public networks currently limit maximum download speed to about 53Kbps. Actual speeds depend on many factors and are often less than the maximum possible.

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7. Up to 8X CD-RW write speed; up to 4X CD-R write speed; variable read rate 32X-8X. Actual playback speeds will vary and are often less than the maximum possible. The read and write results of the CD-RW drive depend on the quality and characteristics of the CD-R and CD-RW media used. Poor results may be obtained with some media suppliers.

8. Customer may be asked certain diagnostic questions before a technician is sent.