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Travel Light with New Wireless, Ultra-portable HP Business Notebook PC; 802.11 Tri-mode Wireless LAN Helps Keep Users Connected.

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CeBIT America 2003

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 18, 2003

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today introduced a lightweight, ultra-portable notebook PC that enables mobile professionals to remain productive and connected on the go through a variety of secure wireless and wired communication options.

Starting at an estimated U.S. street price of $1,650(1) and delivering up to 7 hours of battery life,(2) the 1.1-inch thin, 3.5-pound travel-friendly HP Compaq Business Notebook nc4000 offers connectivity using an 802.11b or an 802.11 a/b combo card.(3) Both cards will be software upgradeable to support the new 802.11g standard. With these capabilities, business travelers can feel confident HP notebooks will support both current and emerging wireless standards.

An optional integrated Bluetooth(TM) module(4) lets users set up their own wireless personal area network to effortlessly synchronize and share their data with other Bluetooth enabled devices such as HP iPAQ Pocket PCs, HP mobile printers or Bluetooth enabled cell phones.

"The combined 802.11 a/b/g tri-mode and Bluetooth connectivity in the HP Compaq nc4000 make it one of the most advanced wireless notebooks on the market," said Kevin Frost, vice president notebook marketing, HP Personal Systems Group. "A customer can buy the HP nc4000 with confidence that it can be securely implemented in IT environments -- providing long-term investment protection."

The HP Compaq nc4000 has successfully completed extensive interoperability testing with Cisco Aironet wireless LAN infrastructure under the Cisco Compatible Extensions program. With the full set of Cisco Compatible Extension features, customers can more easily deploy HP notebook PCs in Cisco Aironet Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity) environments.(5)

"With HP notebooks embracing the Cisco Compatible Extensions program, Cisco and HP are working together to deliver highly secure, manageable wireless, enabling more enterprise customers to reap the many benefits of going wireless," said Bill Rossi, vice president and general manager, Cisco's Wireless Networking Business Unit.

HP integrated wireless LAN solutions also feature support for a range of industry-standard security building blocks, including 802.1x secure wireless user authentications, Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) that provide enhanced data protection. HP enables an enterprise to broadly and confidently deploy wireless networking for competitive advantage.

The HP Compaq nc4000 delivers industry-leading wireless LAN performance. The notebook has a high efficiency antennae design that enables customers to stay connected at greater distances and maintain higher data transmission speeds than many competitive offerings.(6)

Integrated wireless options for the HP Compaq nc4000 complement an already extensive portfolio of add-on wireless wide area networking solutions also available from HP. For customers that require more persistent connectivity while on the road, HP offers one of the industry's broadest range of PC Card wireless data connectivity options together with wireless data service from leading U.S. carriers.(7)

The HP Compaq nc4000 also features a built-in Secure Digital (SD) slot, allowing mobile customers the flexibility to transfer data and information across a variety of devices including HP iPAQ Pocklet PCs, HP Digital cameras and HP printing and imaging devices.

Among the many cost-saving features from which HP customers can benefit are common software images, accessories and docking solutions across all HP nc-class business notebook PCs; long, managed lifecycles for consistent product rollouts; and industry-leading customer service and support through HP Services.

The notebook PC also is part of HP's global series offering, in which select configurations are made available globally and backed by HP's world-class global services.

The HP Compaq Business Notebook nc4000 is available to customize with a full range of options. Available now, it can be purchased through participating resellers, at or by phone at +1 800 888 0220. Estimated U.S. pricing for the HP Compaq Business Notebook nc4000 configured with the Intel(R) Pentium(R) M 1.4-GHz processor, 12.1 TFT XGA, 30-GB hard drive, and 256-MB RAM starts at starts at an estimated street price of $1,650.(1)

Technical information on the HP Compaq nc4000 includes:

-- Intel Pentium M processors running at 1.3 GHz, 1.4 GHz, 1.5

GHz or 1.6 GHz combined with ATI Radeon IGP 350M with 400-MHz

processor side bus;

-- Choice of optional integrated 802.11b or 802.11 a/b, both of

which will be software upgradeable to support the new 802.11g

standard when ratified;

-- Optional integrated Bluetooth wireless technology(4);

-- Integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 56-Kbps V.92 modem;

-- Up to 1-GB DDR (266-MHz) system memory;

-- 12.1-inch display with XGA (1,024 x 768 resolution);

-- ATI Mobility Radeon graphics with 32 or 64 MB of shared system

DDR SDRAM (user configurable);

-- Hard drives of 30 GB (4,200 rpm) or a high-performance (5,400

rpm) 40 GB and 60 GB;

-- Dual pointing devices;

-- Secure Digital (SD) slot;

-- Two USB 2.0 ports, one S-video out port.

-- Six-cell lithium-ion battery; Dual battery capability with

optional travel battery delivers up to 7 hours of life(2);

-- Three-year limited warranty.

About HP

HP delivers vital technology for business and life. The company's solutions span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing for consumers, enterprises and small and medium business. For the last four quarters, HP revenue totaled $70.4 billion. More information about HP is available at

(1) Actual prices may vary.

(2) Optional travel battery purchased separately. Battery time varies by usage patterns.

(3) Wireless LAN and Bluetooth connectivity are optional.

(4) Bluetooth option availability expected in August.

(5) Wireless access point required and is not included. Availability of public wireless access points limited. Wireless Internet use requires separately purchased Internet service contract.

(6) HP commissioned an independent test to measure wireless LAN performance of the HP Compaq nc4000, with external wireless LAN devices, and notebooks from leading manufacturers. Of those notebooks and external wireless LAN devices tested, the nc4000 maintained the highest average receive throughput for both 802.11b and 802.11a. For 802.11b testing, the nc4000 was one of only three notebooks tested to maintain a connection at a distance of 200 feet and did so with receive throughput that was almost 3 times faster than the next closest notebook system. Independent tests conducted by VeriTest,

(7) Optional wireless services are available from third parties at additional cost.

The Bluetooth trademarks are owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Intel and Pentium are U.S. registered trademarks of Intel Corp.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the possibility that the market for the sale of certain products and services may not develop as expected; that development and performance of these products and services may not proceed as planned; and other risks that are described from time to time in HP's Securities and Exchange Commission reports, including but not limited to HP's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended January 31, 2003, and subsequently filed reports. If any of these risks or uncertainties materializes or any of these assumptions proves incorrect, HP's results could differ materially from HP's expectations in these statements. HP assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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