IBM Announces Delivery of ThinkPad TransNote, World's First Portfolio Notebook Computer

Revolutionary Design Integrates Paper and Ink with a Mobile Computer

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. - 20 Feb 2001: . . . IBM today announced the general availability of the ThinkPad TransNote*, the world's first portfolio notebook which combines a mobile computer with a digital notepad in a stylish package that features one of the industry's most radical design changes since the clamshell.

The ThinkPad TransNote allows highly mobile users to integrate paper-based information into the digital workspace easily and efficiently. The ThinkScribe* digital notepad, digital pen and Ink Manager* Pro software capture handwritten ideas on paper and transfer them to the computer, where they can be managed, organized and searched. The TransNote can be used to share handwritten information via e-mail, word processing documents and presentations, and can even manage handwritten "to do" lists.

The TransNote offers an effective solution for mobile professionals, such as executives, sales reps, bankers, and attorneys, as well as users who fill out customized forms. Target industries include finance, insurance, medical, government, real estate, higher education, legal and others.

Customers Adapt TransNote Solution

"IBM's ThinkPad TransNote is an ideal device for mobile professionals," said Tom Shea, vice president, New York Life. "I believe New York Life agents will like the ability to capture handwritten notes and to use the FlipTouch Screen to show presentations, all in a sleek portfolio design. TransNote is an innovative product which I'm sure many in our salesforce will want to carry."

"At Duke University, we are convinced that next-generation computing is key to the future success of our students," said Nevin Fouts, associate dean for information technology at Duke's Fuqua School of Business. "The IBM ThinkPad TransNote certainly underscores that vision, and has been part of a major pilot program for student use here at Fuqua. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are excited about future applications of this breakthrough technology."

The ThinkPad TransNote portfolio design is truly unique. Protected by an easy to grip Endurimer cover, the TransNote opens like a book. Inside on the left side is a high-performance mobile computer with a pivoting touch screen that can be used unobtrusively flat or raised to any desirable angle to expose a keyboard with full-sized keys. On the right side, the digital notepad integrates a standard letter-sized or A4 pad of paper. The mobile computer and digital notepad can be used together or independently.

"The ThinkPad TransNote is a leadership product that represents IBM technology at its finest," said Rick McGee, vice president, mobile brand marketing, IBM Personal Computing Division. "It provides an ideal solution for those customers who are looking to combine pen and paper with a mobile computer to manage and share their information more effectively and efficiently."

TransNote Product Features

Weighing less than 5.5 lbs. and 1.3 inches thin (1) (complete with digital pen and paper pad), the ThinkPad TransNote is ready for wireless connectivity through optional 802.11b wireless LAN or Bluetooth PC Cards for short-range workgroup collaboration. Models are available for both right- and left-handed users. Product features include:

The TransNote incorporates the full power and ease-of-use of the award-winning IBM ThinkPad line, including the legendary TrackPoint* tracking device, and the ThinkPad Button with links to information, resources and help. The ThinkPad TransNote was conceived and developed by various research and design teams throughout IBM, including the famous T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown, N.Y.

'New Standard for Mobile Computing'

"IBM has established a new standard for mobile computing with the ThinkPad TransNote," said Tim Bajarin, president, Creative Strategies, Inc. "The TransNote represents the best of IBM innovation in providing users with a new paradigm and a unique way of doing business."

The TransNote is powered by a low-voltage Intel Mobile Pentium** III processor at 600 MHz(2), 64MB of memory, a 10GB(2) hard disk drive and a choice of Microsoft Windows** 98SE or Windows 2000 Professional operating systems. The portfolio notebook also features integrated Ethernet and 56K modem(3), two USB ports, a video port, a port replication port and PC Card and CompactFlash slots.

Customers can choose from a wide range of accessories to customize the way they work. The ThinkPad TransNote Port Extender provides a one-cable connection and delivers enhanced expandability. The IBM 1GB Microdrive utilizes the CompactFlash slot built into the TransNote and delivers the power of digital technology.

The ThinkPad TransNote is the ideal solution for a number of industry specific tasks. A Software Development Kit (SDK) is available to customers and solution providers. Please visit .Please see for more information on the ThinkPad TransNote.

"We are delighted to be an IBM business partner. WorkOnce** and TransNote combined offer an intuitive and complete system solution to capture information from a paper form to a database using Internet technology," said Louis F. Cosentino, president and chief operating officer of Timbrel Systems, which provides an ASP (application service provider) platform that combines the simplicity of paper forms with the power of digital technology. "Enterprise applications in every industry will benefit from direct cost savings, increased revenue, enhanced compliance, and improved timely decision making."

Pricing, Availability, Service and Support

The ThinkPad TransNote will be available later this month in the United States and Canada. Worldwide availability varies by country. Prices range from $2,999 for a model preloaded with Microsoft Windows 98 to $3,099 for a model preloaded with Windows 2000.

The ThinkPad TransNote, along with the rest of the ThinkPad family, offers a broad range of functionality for companies of all sizes as well as individuals. The notebook computers are available directly from IBM via the Internet at or via phone at 1-888-SHOP-IBM. The new ThinkPad notebooks are also available through IBM business partners.

Options by IBM offers a wide range of accessories and upgrades designed to work with the ThinkPad TransNote. For a complete list of options, visit

IBM offers personalized Web-based support, a one-year limited warranty and 24X7 toll-free hardware support during the warranty period.