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IBM ANNOUNCES POWERFUL NEW AS/400 PROCESSORS, NEW SOFTWARE, FIRST USE OF 16-MEGABIT CHIP

 IBM ANNOUNCES POWERFUL NEW AS/400 PROCESSORS, NEW SOFTWARE,
 FIRST USE OF 16-MEGABIT CHIP
 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) (today announced a powerful new generation of its industry-leading Application System/400 (See Note A) (AS/400)(See Note A) computers, new software tools to make them even more open and easy to use, and the industry's first use of 16-million-bit memory chips.
 In the second major upgrade in less than a year, 13 new AS/400 processors boost system performance by up to 70 percent. Typical configurations offer price/performance improvements up to 30 percent, allowing customers to implement advanced applications such as image and integrated voice-data at attractive prices.
 IBM is using industry-leading technology in the new models, including AS/400 N-Way multiprocessor architecture, state-of-the-art 16-million-bit chips and, for the first time, the advanced billion-byte (gigabyte) 3-1/2-inch disk drive. The one-gigabyte drive is the first available in production quantities and dramatically cuts the cost of low-end AS/400 storage.
 Also added to the AS/400 are a version of the popular word processing program, WordPerfect (See Note B), and the widely-used Customer Information Control System (CICS), which opens the AS/400 to interoperate and exchange programs more easily with thousands of very large systems.
 These additions and new and enhanced software announced today make all the AS/400s -- from the smallest processor with two or three users to the largest supporting more than 2,000 -- more open, more productive and easier to manage.
 "Large AS/400 customers now have the expanded power and tools they need to manage large systems and networks," said IBM Vice President John M. Thompson, general manager, Application Business Systems. "We will continue to be aggressive in offering customers more for their money and more of the capabilities they want -- growth, openness, advanced function and flexibility for the future."
 IBM today also announced a rebalancing of prices to support customer needs for additional memory and peripherals. Prices of midrange displays, memory and disk storage have been reduced up to 40 percent. Prices of the new E model processors are the same or slightly increased over D model processors. Typical configurations, including peripherals and software, provide 30 percent better performance at 10 percent less cost for a system based on the E35, and 33 percent greater performance at 8 percent less cost for a larger system based on the E50.
 Introduced in 1988, the AS/400 has become increasingly popular, and last year the install base jumped nearly 50 percent to a total of more than 150,000 systems worldwide.
 Processors
 The E models announced today provide performance improvements of up to 45 percent over D models they replace. The new, three-way multiprocessor, the E90, is 70 percent more powerful than the current top-of-the-line, two-way D80, and is more than 20 times as powerful as the entry-level E model.
 All B, C and D models are field upgradable, and most E models provide double the performance of the B and C models available one year ago.
 The Models E80 and E90 use closely-coupled processors based on N-Way multiprocessing architecture, and the E90 uses the new 16-million-bit dynamic random access memory chip.
 The small and midsize E models use IBM's one-billion-byte, 3-1/2- inch disk drive to increase integrated disk storage by 60 to 150 percent.
 Except for the entry-level E02, the small and midsize E models now also can use the IBM 3995 high-capacity optical storage system, which stores the vast amounts of data needed for advanced applications such as image. For example, customers can efficiently store and retrieve images of checks, policies and other documents essential to improve customer service.
 All the smaller and midsize E models have increased memory capacity, and the new E90 has a maximum of 512MB. New rack-mounted models of IBM's tape subsystem lower the cost of system backup. A new remote controller permits attachment of local area networks (LANs) as well as direct attachment of PCs and other devices. New printers from IBM's wholly-owned subsidiary, Pennant Systems, provide improved price/performance.
 For small businesses, IBM has expanded the AS/400 Plug'N'Go (See Note A) program launched last year, which offers ready-to-run applications pre-packaged on an entry-level E02. Ten new Plug'N'Go applications and systems have been announced, and customers now have more choices when selecting the specific PS/2s and printers they need.
 The new processors will be available March 6. Other hardware and Plug'N'Go System Solutions will be available in March and April. Plug'N'Go Application Solutions are available immediately.
 Software
 A new release of the AS/400 operating system provides "save-while- active" tape backup and new management facilities to increase system availability and run large systems and networks more effectively. Other new programs and enhancements provide more efficient application development and increased openness and ease of use.
 The AD/Cycle (See Note A) environment, designed to speed the development of applications, has been enhanced with new programs to facilitate management and updating of applications being developed or modified. A new program from the IBM alliance partner, Synon, helps programmers develop cooperative processing applications. Also announced was an alliance with Object Technology International Inc. to support the development of object-oriented programming.
 Continuing its commitment to AS/400 openness, IBM announced CICS/400(See Note A), fulfilling a statement of direction made just five months ago. The addition of CICS links the AS/400 to thousands of CICS applications residing on more than 22,000 large systems around the world. IBM also announced a new connectivity utility so that users of the AS/400 can connect to other systems by emulating a VT100(See Note B) terminal, a popular display made by Digital Equipment Corporation.
 IBM further strengthened its office offerings by making OfficeVision/400 easier to use and supporting WordPerfect for the AS/400. Advanced technology programs also were enhanced, and the system now can connect to more devices and telephone systems, including, for the first time, AT&T's popular DEFINITY (See Note B) Communications System.
 For System/36 (See Note A) and System/38 (See Note A) customers, IBM is offering new migration services, and for System/36 customers, a no- charge package of software tools. Extended fee software support for users of System/38 also was announced.
 The latest release of the AS/400 operating system, Version 2, Release 1.1 (announced in April 1991) will be available March 6, earlier than originally planned, with the E processors it supports. The new release, Version 2, Release 2, and most software and software enhancements announced today, will be available Dec. 18.
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