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 IBM INTRODUCES NEW FAMILY OF PS118
 NEW YORK, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The IBM Personal Computer Company


today introduced a completely new family of IBM Personal System/1 computers. The company also announced three models of a new IBM PS/note(A) notebook computer. In total, 21 new Systems were introduced.
 The new PS/1 desktop systems are grouped into three lines with six models per line, each targeted for a different type of user. The PS/1 'Essential' line is aimed at the person who buys for a small business. The PS/1 'Expert' line is for the more advanced buyer who may already own a PC. The PS/1 'Consultant' line is for people who do business work or school work at home. Each channel also will receive a unique PS/note model targeted to the same types of users. (See attached specification sheets for complete details on each of these new models.)
 The desktop systems range from 25 megahertz (MHz) 386SX models to 33 MHz 486DX models and come with everything the user needs to get started: the system unit, SVGA or VGA color Photo Graphic(A) monitor, IBM Selectric Touch(A) keyboard, mouse, modem, Software, etc. No assembly is required.
 The 386SX and 486SX desktop models come preloaded with DOS 5.0 with Microsoft Windows 3.1. These models also include Microsoft Works for Windows, PRODIGY and IBM exclusive software, such as the PS/1 Club(A), PS/1 Fitness (that includes a virus checker), PS/1 Index, PS/1 Tutorial and Promenade. The 486DX model is preloaded with OS/2(A) 2.0, Microsoft Works for Windows, the PS/1 Club and PRODIGY.
 In addition, each purchaser will receive additional software that is designed to meet the needs of that user. For example, the PS/1 Essential line includes QuickBooks and Express Publisher. The PS/1 Expert line offers Address Book Plus and Calendar Creator Plus. The PS/1 Consultant line comes with Quicken for Windows and The New Print Shop.
 The desktop models are Novell certified for workstation use.
 All models of the PS/note, which is targeted for consumers purchasing their second personal computer, come preloaded with DOS 5.0 and Windows 3.1 and include PRODIGY, Promenade and WinFax LITE, a software program that allows users to send and receive fax documents. Each PS/note has a full-function 85 key IBM keyboard, a TrackMan portable mouse and a 2400 bps modem with 9600 bps send/4800 bps receive fax capability. A deluxe carrying case is available at no additional charge.
 More than 40 remarketers will be selling these new systems at over 3,000 outlets domestically. The PS/1 Essential line will be sold through office warehouse stores such as Office Depot, Office Max and Staples. The PS/1 Expert line will be sold through superstores such as Computer City, ElecTek and BizMart. The PS/1 Consultant line will be sold through general merchandise and department stores such as Montgomery Ward, Sears and Circuit City.
 Desktop models are being shipped and will be available for purchase within the next 30 days. The PS/note will be shipped in October. As with previous PS/1s, these new models will be available worldwide.
 Commenting on the introduction, Anthony Santelli, vice president, consumer systems for the IBM Personal Computer Company said, "Over the past couple of years, we've had thousands of contacts with our customers, asking them what they required for their computing needs. We believe that the models we're announcing today fulfill those requests."
 "There are a number of differences between the various systems," Santelli pointed out, "including processor, hard file size, memory size, monitor resolution, etc." All the models offering DOS 5.0 include a number of PS/1 exclusives, such as built-in tutorials, a fitness program with virus check, an index that gives alphabetical, step-by-step instructions on how to do specific tasks on the PS/1, the PS/1 Club for on-line answers to questions and Promenade. The 486DX models will come preconfigured with OS/2 2.0, which will set a new standard in the retail channel.
 All of the systems are expandable. The desktop units include models with three slots and three bays or five slots and five bays. The memory of the 25 MHz 386SX model is expandable to 16 megabytes (MB) of random access memory (RAM); the memory of the 486 models is expandable to 32 MB. The PS/note models are expandable to 10 MB and allow the attachment of an external keyboard and color display.
 "Another feature which users and technicians appreciate," Santelli noted, "is an automatic configuration feature which senses the addition of many of the upgrades the customer may use."
 The entire family of desktops use standard IBM AT(A) architecture. As a result, hundreds of accessory options already are available, including CD ROM attachments, sound cards and other multimedia options.
 Each desktop model comes with an exclusive 12-month bumper-to-bumper warranty that guarantees both the hardware and software. "We even guarantee that the hardware and work together," says Santelli. IBM is the only to offer such a guarantee. The PS/note offers an international limited hardware service warranty.
 Warranty service is available through many participating retailers and through IBM's exclusive Express Maintenance, which guarantees repair or replacement of any defective part usually within 48 hours.
 As with previous PS/1s, the desktop systems are developed in Lexington, Kentucky. Those systems sold in the U.S. and Canada are assembled in Raleigh, North Carolina. The PS/note was developed in Lexington and Raleigh and will be assembled in Raleigh.
 The PS/1 Essential Line
 The PS/1 Essential is aimed at the owners and operators of small businesses generally classified as those companies with 50 or fewer employees. These customers typically shop at office supply stores,
 Purchasers of the 386SX models of the PS/1 Essential line receive, without charge, Quick Books software. Those who purchase 486 models receive Quick Books and Express Publisher software. Quick Books is an accounting package for running small business. Express Publisher is a professional quality desktop publishing program designed for business owners and managers whose job is running a business, not a desktop publishing department. The PS/note models sold through office warehouses include ASCEND software. ASCEND is a personal information management software program.
 The PS/1 Expert Line
 The PS/1 Expert line is aimed at more advanced buyers who may already own a PC. These customers typically shop at computer superstores where they have large selections from which to choose.
 The PS/1 Expert 386SX models include Address Book Plus as additional software. The 486 models include Address Book Plus and Calendar Creator Plus. Address Book Plus allows the user to create an address book and use the data to prepare mailing labels, envelopes, etc. Calendar Creator Plus prepares calendars in many popular formats. The PS/note models sold through superstores include LapLink Pro, a software package that allows users to transfer files and data between the PS/note and a desktop system.
 The PS/1 Consultant Line
 The PS/1 consultant line is aimed at buyers who bring home work from the office, as well as students, teachers and others who work at home. These customers typically shop at general merchandise and department stores.
 Purchasers of the PS/1 Consultant 386SX models also will receive Quicken for Windows. Those buying the 486 models will receive Quicken for Windows and The New Print Shop as additional software. Quicken for Windows is a personal financial management package, best known for check writing. The New Print Shop allows home users to prepare banners, invitations, signs, etc. The PS/note models sold through general merchandise and department stores include Address Book Plus software.
 "These new PS/1s offer our customers an array of powerful, expandable, easy-to-use IBM PCs at exceptional prices. No matter which channel the customer shops, there will be a PS/1 available to suit their personal needs," Santelli concluded.
 (A) IBM, Personal System/l, PS/1, OS/2, AT, Photo Graphic and Selectric Touch are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. PS/1 Club is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation./
 -0- 9/9/92
 /CONTACT: J. Ralph Hammock of IBM, 914-642-5464/
 (IBM) CO: IBM Personal Computer Company ST: New York IN: CPR SU: PDT


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