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Expandable keyboard puts new IBM ThinkPad in a class of its own.



SOMERS, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 7, 1995--One of the most eye-catching computers ever built is also one of the most usable. IBM's ThinkPad(a) 701C -- introduced today -- blends head-turning technology with practical packaging to provide a notebook computer A laptop computer that weighs in a range from five to seven pounds. The term originated when laptops were routinely more than 10 pounds, and those that became lighter were placed in a special "notebook" category. In practice, notebook computer and laptop computer are synonymous.  that will continue to surprise users long after the carton has been opened.

The biggest surprise comes first. Open the 701C -- a machine smaller than a sheet of typing paper -- and watch two keyboards ingeniously spread and interlock A device that prohibits an action from taking place.  to form a comfortable, full-size, 85-key typing surface nearly two inches wider than the unit itself. The revolutionary TrackWrite(a) keyboard overhangs the unit's case by almost one inch on each side.

Armed with the 701C, users can turn their client's office or even the most spartan motel room into an instant conference center. No fancy add-ons or extras are required to transform this new ThinkPad into a full-function speakerphone, answering machine and fax machine. Just plug into a phone jack. And with built-in infrared, users can print documents and send files with no wires or cable connections to other IrDA-compatible machines.

And, users of the ThinkPad 701C will also be facing one of the largest and brightest screens on the market today: a 10.4-inch (measured diagonally) active-matrix TFT (Thin Film Transistor) The term typically refers to active matrix screens on laptop computers. Active matrix LCD provides a sharper screen display and broader viewing angle than does passive matrix. See LCD and thin film.

TFT - Thin Film transistor
. Not bad for a computer that measures only 9.7 inches wide.

The newest ThinkPad weighs about 4.5 pounds and is also equipped with the latest version of IBM's acclaimed pointing device An input device used to move the pointer (cursor) on screen. The major pointing device is the mouse for the desktop computer and the touchpad for the laptop, although many road warriors bring along a mouse. . TrackPoint III(a) features a more responsive feel for quick stopping and easier navigation.

"The ThinkPad 701C is a prime example of how IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries)  is quickly moving innovation out of the laboratory and into the market, enabling ThinkPad to consistently outdistance out·dis·tance  
tr.v. out·dis·tanced, out·dis·tanc·ing, out·dis·tanc·es
1. To outrun, especially in a long-distance race.

2.
 its competitors," said Bruce Claflin, general manager, product and brand management for the IBM PC Company A subsidiary of the IBM Corporation located in Raleigh, NC, that was involved with all aspects of IBM PCs. In 2004, it became part of Lenovo, which acquired IBM's ThinkPad personal computers. See Lenovo. .

"Customers challenged us to provide a small computer with a large, functional keyboard. They wanted a big screen for easy viewing and they needed technology that gets the job done. We met that challenge because we listened and understood what customers were telling us. And because we have a resource that no competitor has -- IBM Research IBM Research, a division of IBM, is a research and advanced development organization and currently consists of eight locations throughout the world and hundreds of projects. ."

Radical New Design Jolts Market

The freshness and creativity of the ThinkPad 701C's innovative design is being lauded across the industry.

"IBM has blown the lid off the mobile computing Using a computing device while in transit. Mobile computing implies wireless transmission, but wireless transmission does not necessarily imply mobile computing. Fixed wireless applications use satellites, radio systems and lasers to transmit between permanent objects such as buildings  market," said Bill Ablondi, vice president of BIS Strategic Decisions, a Newton, Conn., consulting firm Noun 1. consulting firm - a firm of experts providing professional advice to an organization for a fee
consulting company

business firm, firm, house - the members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments; "he worked for a
.

"When I first saw the 701C my reaction was, 'wait a minute ... do that again, slowly!' This new keyboard design is testimony to IBM's R&D prowess, especially in packaging. Packaging has always been the key differentiator in the mobile computing market and IBM has been ahead of the curve with features such as the 10.4-inch TFT screen, TrackPoint and now the TrackWrite expandable keyboard. This product will redefine the ultra-light class of notebooks forever."

TrackWrite was invented by John Karidis and collaborators in IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center The Thomas J. Watson Research Center is the headquarters for the IBM Research Division.

The center is on three sites, with the main laboratory in Yorktown Heights, New York, 45 miles north of New York City, a building in Hawthorne, New York, and offices in Cambridge,
, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., and developed by a small team from IBM Research and the IBM PC Company working in Research Triangle Park Research Triangle Park, research, business, medical, and educational complex situated in central North Carolina. It has an area of 6,900 acres (2,795 hectares) and is 8 × 2 mi (13 × 3 km) in size. Named for the triangle formed by Duke Univ. , N.C. The TrackWrite keyboard design has been subjected to extensive testing to ensure that it meets IBM's high standards of durability.

IBM backs up this ground-breaking computer with a suite of impressive service and support programs, including a three-year limited warranty Limited warranty

A warranty with certain conditions and limitations on the parts covered, type of damage covered, and/or time period for which the agreement is good.
(1) with International Warranty Service; 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week technical support (excluding certain holidays); and an on-line diagnostic service that allows IBM technicians to make repairs via modem. All are standard during the warranty period. Also standard is IBM EasyServ(a) -- a 48-hour, door-to-door repair service. On-site and overnight repair are optional.

The 701C is also equipped with more than 15 pre-loaded software titles that will have users up and running immediately. Included in this impressive array of tools is: Lotus ScreenCam;(b) Prodigy;(b) America On Line;(b) Reuters Money Network;(b) Taxi;(b) Asymetrix Compel;(b) Lotus cc:Mail:(b) and a host of other multimedia, communications and utility programs (Limited subscription time and/or usage fee may apply to some programs).

The ThinkPad 701C and 701CS -- the dual scan Dual Scan, also known as dual-scan supertwist nematic or DSTN, is an LCD technology in which a screen is divided into two sections which are simultaneously refreshed giving faster refresh rate than traditional passive matrix screens.  color model -- are available in eight basic configurations(2). IBM PC Direct prices for the 701 series start at $3,799.(3)

Beginning in April, some models of the 701C will come pre-loaded with OS/2 Warp(a) in addition to DOS/Windows, offering customers a choice of operating systems at no extra price.(4) OS/2 Warp is IBM's new operating system that comes with a variety of easy-to-use features including one-button access to the Internet.

Selected specs

-- Processor: 486 DX2/50 and 486 DX4/75.

-- Hard drives: 360-, 540- and 720-million-byte drives

available.

-- Internal 14.4 kbps data/fax modem.

-- Infrared connection to other IrDA-compatible

notebooks, printers and electronic organizers.

-- 16-bit audio; SoundBlaster(b) and SoundBlaster Pro(b)

support.

-- Plug and Play PC Card flexibility. IBM's unique PC

Card Director software automatically

configures many Type I, Type II and Type III PC

cards.

-- External floppy drive included.

-- Expansion: MultiPort II port enabler comes standard

and offers these interfaces: external monitor

(SVGA (Super VGA) A screen resolution of 800x600 pixels. Third-party vendors extended IBM's VGA display standard and were the first to use the term. SVGA has also referred to 1,024x768 resolutions. See PC display modes.  port); enhanced parallel port See EPP.

(hardware) enhanced parallel port - (EPP) A parallel port that confirms to the IEEE's EPP standard. An EPP is actually an expansion bus that can handle 64 disk drives and other peripherals.

["PC Magazine", 1996-01-09, p. 262].
; serial

port; external keyboard port; mouse/numeric

keypad port; audio in/out.

-- Built-in speaker and microphone.

-- Size: 9.7 inches long x 7.9 inches wide x 1.7

inches.

-- Standard interfaces: enhanced parallel port; audio

in/out; external microphone jack; 160-pin

expansion bus; infrared. -0-

(a) Trademark or registered trademark of International

Business Machines.

(b) Trademarks of the respective companies.

(1) Copies of warranty available by calling

800-772-2227.

(2) DX2/50 models available in the U.S. through IBM PC

Direct and authorized resellers today.

(3) Reseller prices may vary.

(4) DX4/75 models are scheduled for availability in

April and will feature OS/2 Warp and Microsoft

Windows(b). Users will be able to select the

operating system of their choice.

CONTACT: IBM Corp.

Michael Corrado, 914/766-3419
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