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COMPAQ INTRODUCES LIGHTWEIGHT 386SL NOTEBOOK PCs WITH REVOLUTIONARY POWER-SAVING TECHNOLOGY

 COMPAQ INTRODUCES LIGHTWEIGHT 386SL NOTEBOOK PCs
 WITH REVOLUTIONARY POWER-SAVING TECHNOLOGY
 HOUSTON, Jan. 27 /PRNewsire/ -- Reaffirming its portable technology leadership, Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE: CPQ) today announced the COMPAQ LTE Lite/25 and COMPAQ LTE Lite/20, two revolutionary notebook personal computers that use breakthrough power conservation features to provide customers with long-lasting battery life and the best combination of high performance and features in a smaller and lighter, 6-pound notebook design.
 The company today also introduced two key notebook PC options: a new advanced desktop expansion base that enables customers to convert a notebook PC to a desktop PC in seconds; and an enhanced 9600-bps internal data modem -- the highest performance internal modem designed by a notebook PC vendor.
 In related news, Compaq also announced the industry's first-ever battery disposal program, to provide customers with an efficient and ecologically sound method of discarding portable PC battery packs (see separate press release).
 The COMPAQ LTE Lite/25 and COMPAQ LTE Lite/20 -- based on Intel's 25- and 20-MHz 386SL microprocessors respectively -- achieve three to four-and-a-half hours of battery life by incorporating Compaq-designed power management features. These features include a leading edge "smart" battery pack with a built- in microprocessor that continuously monitors power use, and a patented backlighting system that improves screen quality and saves up to 50 percent more power than earlier display designs.
 "The COMPAQ LTE Lite/25 and COMPAQ LTE Lite/20 stand out from the crowd by offering an unmatched combination of long-lasting battery life, superior features and options in a compact, reliable, full-function notebook computing solution," said Lorie Strong, Vice President of Marketing, PC Division, Compaq Computer Corporation. "We've listened to our customers and incorporated differentiating features such as one-hour fast-charge capability, MultiLock security and simultaneous display of the notebook screen and an external monitor."
 "According to International Data Corporation, the notebook market segment -- one of the fastest growing in the industry -- is expected to grow 57 percent worldwide in 1992," said Strong. "We expect the COMPAQ LTE Lite/25 and COMPAQ LTE Lite/20, with their outstanding features and performance, to bolster Compaq's strength in this growing sector." COMPETITIVE PRICING AND IMMEDIATE AVAILABILITY
 The COMPAQ LTE Lite/20, COMPAQ LTE Lite/25 and the new Desktop Expansion Base are now shipping to Compaq marketing partners worldwide. The Enhanced 9600-bps Modem (North America option) and the COMPAQ LTE Lite/25 Model 120 will be shipping in the first quarter of 1992. U.S. Suggested Resale Prices follow (dealer prices will vary):
 Model 40 Model 60 Model 84 Model 120
 COMPAQ LTE Lite/20.....$2,899.......$3,199......$3,599
 COMPAQ LTE Lite/25..................$3,699......$4,199.......$4,699
 Desktop Expansion Base........$929
 9600 Modem....................$599
 BREAKTHROUGH POWER CONSERVATION TECHNOLOGY
 As a leading technology innovator, Compaq has responded to the need for longer battery life by bringing cutting-edge power management technology to its notebook PC line. For example, the COMPAQ Smart Power Pack has a built-in microprocessor that automatically tracks system-wide power usage and communicates with an accurate battery gauge that shows users remaining battery life in hours and minutes. With an unprecedented fast-charge speed, the COMPAQ Smart Power Pack can be fast-charged in approximately one hour if the system is not in use and in only 1-1/2 hours while the system is in use.
 Compaq also uses a patented new display backlighting system, called the Compaq Maxlight VGA display, that provides maximum screen brightness while saving 50 percent more power -- or 30 minutes more battery life than earlier Compaq displays.
 Another engineering innovation, Hibernation mode, automatically saves a customer's data and application to the fixed disk drive and turns the unit off, conserving 100 percent of the battery power and securing vital data. Hibernation also acts as a bookmark feature that, once the unit is turned on again, returns the user to the same place in the application.
 KEY FEATURES AND TARGET MARKETS
 The COMPAQ LTE Lite/25 and COMPAQ LTE Lite/20 help maximize convenience and productivity with six easy-to-use "hot keys" that allow users to customize various functions to meet changing work routines and application environments. For example, using the power conservation hot key, a business traveller on a 4-and-a-half- hour flight from New York to Denver can quickly reset power conservation to the highest level -- to stretch battery life -- and work on a basic spreadsheet or word processing application in most cases, without recharging the battery. Other hot keys provide easy access to the battery gauge, speaker volume control, security features and video display options, including simultaneous display, which is used in business presentations.
 The COMPAQ LTE Lite/25, equipped with 16-Kbytes of high-speed cache memory, provides up to a 25 percent performance increase over non-cached 25-MHz notebook PCs. Targeted at the most demanding notebook customers using advanced productivity business and windows applications, including financial analysis, software development and graphics, the COMPAQ LTE Lite/25 has four megabytes of system memory and is one of the only notebook PC vendors to announce a 120 MB fixed disk storage capacity.
 The COMPAQ LTE Lite/20 is targeted at mainstream notebook PC users running basic spreadsheet, windowed and email applications. Equipped with the new Intel 20-MHz 386SL chipset and the same power management features as the COMPAQ LTE Lite/25, the COMPAQ LTE Lite/20 has two megabytes of RAM and is available with up to 84-MB of fixed disk storage.
 OUTSTANDING OPTIONS
 The new full-function desktop expansion base, also compatible with the COMPAQ LTE 386s/20, offers two drive bays, integrated fixed disk drive support and multilevel security features. Approximately 35 percent of all COMPAQ LTE 386s/20 and COMPAQ SLT 386s/20 customers worldwide purchase COMPAQ expansion bases to take advantage of added system flexibility and networking capabilities.
 Ideal for business travellers who need the convenience of an internal modem that eliminates the need to carry extra parts, Compaq's newly announced optional 9600-bps internal data modem offers maximum data transfer rates and low power consumption features to enhance system power conservation.
 MAJOR COMPETITIVE FEATURES
 The list below summarizes why, even in today's crowded notebook PC market, the COMPAQ LTE Lite/20 and COMPAQ LTE Lite/25 are the most innovative products in the market:
 -- 6 pounds; 8-1/2" X 11" X 1.75"
 -- COMPAQ Smart Power Pack - intelligent battery with built-in
 microprocessor for constant monitoring of system power
 -- Hibernation - automatically saves data and applications to
 disk and turns system off
 -- Fast-charges in 1-1/2 hours while unit is running
 -- Accurate battery gauge - shows remaining battery life in hours
 and minutes
 -- Compaq Maxlight VGA display - maximum screen brightness with
 50 percent power savings; simultaneous display of LCD screen
 and external CRT - optimal for presentations
 -- Special Function Hot Keys - Allows simple control of power
 conservation settings, battery gauge, speaker volume, security
 features and display options
 -- 120 MB fixed disk drive (COMPAQ LTE Lite/25; available first
 quarter 1992.)
 -- Comprehensive MultiLock security features including DriveLock;
 Keylock; QuickLock/QuickBlank; Power-on and Keyboard Password
 -- Optional full-function desktop expansion base with two drive
 bays
 -- Optional 9600-bps internal data modem
 Company Background
 Compaq Computer Corporation is a world leader in the manufacture of PC systems, and desktop, portable, laptop and notebook personal computers. COMPAQ products are sold in more than 69 countries through a network of more than 3,500 marketing partners.
 COMPAQ: The Most Competitive Notebook PCs Available
 COMPARISON of 25-MHz 386SX/SL Notebook Computers
 COMPAQ TOSHIBA AST ALR
 LTE T3300SL PREMIUM VIP SL/25
 Lite/25 EXEC
 386SX/25
 SMALL SIZE
 Size Depth (inches) 8.5 8.3 9.0 8.5
 Width 11.0 11.7 11.4 11.7
 Height 1.75 1.80 2.25 2.25
 Volume (cubic inches) (b) 163.6 174.8 230.9 223.8
 Weight (lbs.) 6.0 5.9 7.0 7.5
 SUPERIOR FEATURES
 Hibernation (b) Yes No No No
 Standby Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Simultaneous Display (b) Yes No No No
 Online Help Yes Yes No No
 Digital Battery Gauge Yes No No Yes
 HIGHER PERFORMANCE
 Data Modem Options (b) 9600/2400 2400 2400 2400
 Max Battery Life (hrs) (b) 3.0-4.5 4.0 3.0 4.0
 Recharge Time (hrs) (b) 1.0 2.0 3.0 2.0
 Fast charge when ON Yes No No Yes
 Drives (MB) (b) 120/84/60 80 80/60 80/60/40
 Cache Memory (KB) 16 64 0 64
 VGA Display (b) Maxlight Sidelit Sidelit Sidelit
 GREATER EXPANDABILITY
 Expansion Base Yes Yes No Announced
 Drive Bays (b) 2 1 0 2
 Expansion Slots 2 2 0 2
 Maximum RAM (MB) 10 18 8 16
 BETTER VALUE
 84/80 MB Model US SRP 4,199 4,999 3,295 3,795
 AVAILABLE? Yes No Yes No
 COMPARISON of 20-MHz 386SX/SL Notebook Computers
 COMPAQ TOSHIBA AST DELL IBM
 LTE T2200sx PREMIUM SYSTEM PS/2
 Lite/20 EXEC 320N+ MODEL
 386SX/20 L40SX
 SMALLER SIZE
 Size Width (inches) 8.5 8.3 9.0 8.5 10.7
 Depth 11.0 11.7 11.4 11.0 12.8
 Height 1.75 1.6 2.25 2.1 2.1
 Volume (cubic inches) 163.6 155.4 230.9 196.4 287.6
 Weight (lbs.) 6.0 5.5 7.0 6.4 7.7
 SUPERIOR FEATURES
 Hibernation (b) Yes No No No No
 Standby Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Simultaneous Display (b) Yes No No No No
 Online Help Yes Yes No Yes Yes
 Digital Battery Gauge (b) Yes No No No No
 HIGHER PERFORMANCE
 Modem Options (b) 9600/2400 2400 2400 2400 2400
 Max Battery Life (hrs)(b) 3.0-4.5 3.0 3.0-4.0 4.0 2.0-3.0
 Recharge Time (hrs) (b) 1.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 10.0
 Fast charge when ON (b) Yes No No No No
 Drives (MB) 84/60/40 60/40 80/60/40 80/60 60
 VGA Display (b) Max- Side- Side- Edge- Side-
 light lit lit lit lit
 GREATER EXPANDABILITY
 Expansion Base Yes Yes No No No
 Drive Bays (b) 2 1 0 0 0
 Expansion Slots (b) 2 2 0 0 0
 Maximum RAM (MB) 10 10 8 8 18
 BETTER VALUE
 60 MB Model US SRP 3,199 3,699 2,695 (a)2,999 3,995
 ---- (a) Published direct sales price (b) Indicates Compaq superior benefit or advantage
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 /CONTACT: Catherine Macora, Mike Berman, John Sweney, Debra Globe, Hedy Baker, Nora Hahn, Yvonne Donaldson of Compaq Computer Corporation, 713-374-0484; or Tony Sapienza or Linda Pendergast of Miller Communications 617-536-0470, for Compaq; or (Electronic Media Contact) Tom Pearson of Pearson Communications, 215-648-3975, for Compaq/
 (CPQ) CO: Compaq Computer Corporation ST: Texas IN: CPR SU: PDT


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