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Acer America Launches Higher Education Blitz With New Notebooks

Texas Instruments Extensa-Scholar Series Notebooks Integrate Advanced Battery,
 Communications and Multimedia Technologies
 Benefits include:

* Powered by Intel Pentium(R) 133-or-150MHz processors with MMX(TM)

technology, 256k L2 cache, 16 or 32MB base EDO RAM, expandable to 128MB

* 12.1" TFT or new High-Contrast DSTN screens with 800x600 SVGA

resolutions at 16 Million colors, 2MB VRAM and 64-bit graphics


* Heuristic Power Management gives three-to-four hours of around campus


* Enhanced system design integrates a 20x (maximum) CD-ROM drive;

removable and upgradable hard drive, and a full complement of PC Card

Bus, ZV, USB and fast IR ports

* Sending e-mail or surfing the Web is available through the integrated

33.6Kbps modem for easy and reliable connectivity and communications

* Full line of supporting accessories, including: port replicator, NIC

cards, NiMH and LiIon batteries

* Street prices begin at $1,799 for the ESS2 and $2,699 for the ESS3

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Supporting its commitment to provide the higher education market with advanced technology solutions, Acer America Corporation today announced that it will launch a new generation of Texas Instruments(R) Extensa-Scholar series* notebooks. As part of the Acer Scholar Program, students, faculty and administrators will now have the first notebook engineered to provide three-to-four hours of single battery life at an entry level price point that satisfies even the most discerning budgets.

"The growing trend in the higher educational market is the acknowledgment that students and teachers are more productive and more effective when equipped with a notebook PC," said Greg Nakagawa, senior director, commercial marketing of Acer America. "The new Extensa-Scholar series provides technology advancements, such as Heuristic Power Management, that gives today's students and teachers a solution that allows them to work throughout the day and all around the campus."

Designed to provide comprehensive technology solutions for higher education, the Acer Scholar Program provides competitive advantages for students, faculty and staff with complete packages including: leading mobile products, special services and support programs, such as convenient financing and technology partnerships that help universities provide enhanced computing and learning environments.

Extensa-Scholar Series: High Performance -- High Value

The two models of the Extensa-Scholar series are powered by either a 133 or 150MHz Intel Pentium(R) processor with MMX(TM) technology, and configured with either 16MB or 32MB base EDO RAM DIMMs, expandable to 128MB. All include a fixed 20x (maximum) CD-ROM drive for greater reliability, and a "hot-pluggable" floppy disk drive that connects through the parallel port.

For easy-to-use communications, an integrated 33.6Kbps modem and optional NIC (network interface card) allows students and faculty to reliably connect to the Internet or the school's local area network.

A brilliant 12.1-inch display and 16-bit Sound Blaster Pro stereo system provides virtual desktop replacement audio and visual capabilities. Additionally, the removable hard disk drive and two Card Bus (two type II or one type III) PC Card slots provide increased system flexibility and future user upgradability.

With a form factor that easily fits into most backpacks, students and faculty will appreciate the lean, 12.3" x 9.5" x 1.9" and lightweight 6.5 pounds, design.

High Contrast DSTN Displays

Leading the wave of new low cost/high performance dual scan screen technologies, Acer America introduces and integrates High Contrast (HC-DSTN) dual scan technology with the Extensa-Scholar ESS2 model. Immediate benefits of the HC-DSTN screens are evidenced by a greater contrast ratio when compared to traditional DSTN screens. With High Contrast screens, the viewer sees a sharper, more crisp image than previously capable with standard dual scan displays.

Availability, Pricing and Warranty

The Extensa-Scholar series notebooks are only available through Acer certified education resellers and campus resellers throughout North America. Extensa-Scholar shipments will begin at the end of November, 1997.

The Extensa-Scholar series is backed by a comprehensive two-year limited warranty, with an option to purchase an additional two-year limited warranty. Additionally, Acer America offers a toll-free service and support line dedicated solely to purchasers of Extensa-Scholar series products.

The two models of the Extensa-Scholar series will be available in the following configurations and prices:
 Model ESS2 ESS3
 Processor P133MMX P150MMX
 Base Memory 16MB EDO 32MB EDO
 HDD & CD-ROM 1.6 GB - 20x 2.1 GB - 20x
 Screen 12.1" HC-DSTN 12.1" TFT
 Price $1,799 $2,699

About Acer America

Acer America Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Acer Group, one of the world's largest OEM and brand name manufacturers of computer components, peripherals, desktops, notebooks and servers. The Acer Group employs more than 17,000 employees to support distributors and dealers in over 130 countries. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Acer America designs, builds and markets reliable and robust computer solutions, valued in corporate enterprise applications, small businesses and homes throughout North America. Acer America Corporation, member of the $5.9 billion Acer Group, posted revenues of $1.3 billion in 1996.

NOTE: * Products of Acer America Corporation, developed with Texas Instruments Incorporated.

Acer, Acer Group, Extensa and Acer America are trademarks of Acer Incorporated. Texas Instruments is a registered trademark of Texas Instruments Incorporated. Intel Pentium is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation. All other products, brand names or companies are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

SOURCE Acer America Corporation
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