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EDUQUEST ANNOUNCES NEW LINE OF EDUCATION COMPUTERS Three New Models Address Unique Needs of Education

 ATLANTA, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- EduQuest(TM), an IBM(R) Company, today introduced a new line of personal computers developed specially for the school environment: the EduQuest Model Thirty, Model Forty and Model Fifty.
 Each model is a powerful, easy-to-use computer which can be customized to fit the needs of a specific district, school or classroom.
 The new line of computers was developed with the direct input of EduQuest customers, educators and IBM Research and Development professionals. The result is a new generation of computers with the functions educators and students find most valuable.
 Significant features and functions of the models include:
 -- Increased processing speed and memory. The Model Thirty features
 a 25 MHz 386SLC microprocessor, providing the processing power
 needed for sophisticated courseware, as well as up to 16
 megabytes of memory. The Model Forty provides an even higher
 performance 25 MHz 486SX chip and up to 20 megabytes of memory.
 The Model Fifty runs on a 33 MHz 486SX microprocessor and has up
 to 20 megabytes of memory.
 -- Graphics Subsystem. The Model Thirty supports up to 640 X 480
 X 256 resolution with a fast graphics chipset. The Models Forty
 and Fifty support 1024 X 768 resolution. Model Fifty supports
 up to 64,000 colors with 1 megabyte of VRAM.
 This subsystem also allows for digital video interactive
 (DVI)(TM) and analog video applications as well as fast window
 performance and acceleration at two to 10 times the speed of
 other computers.
 -- Audio Subsystem. Each model is equipped with a state-of-the-art,
 multi-tasking programmable Digital Signal Processor-based (DSP)
 audio subsystem. In addition to rich stereo sound, the
 programmable DSP supports such diverse applications as MIDI and
 music synthesis, JPEG image decompression and voice recognition.
 -- CD-ROM Drive Option. All models offer a built-in, double-speed
 CD-ROM drive option that is fully compatible with KODAK Photo
 CD Systems.
 -- Networking Capabilities. All models in the series offer the
 option for either high-speed 16 MB/sec. Token Ring or 10 MB/sec.
 Ethernet Local Area Networks (LANs) or WANs. Remote program
 load is standard, eliminating the need for a "boot disk."
 -- ROM Software. Each workstation includes built-in ROM software
 which provides protection against viruses; English error
 messages; and support for the audio subsystem.
 -- Easy Upgrades. All models feature three bays and two slots to
 allow for future updates and expansion.
 Because of the number of available options with each model, educators can order computers which are custom-made for their own specific school and classroom needs. As an example, they can be ordered with: up to 16 or 20 megabytes of memory; with or without a CD-ROM drive; with Token Ring, Ethernet or no networking capabilities; with or without a 128 megabyte removable read/write optical drive; with or without the audio subsystem and with a choice of 85, 129 or 212 megabyte hard file. Since most options are offered as built-in features, the need for external peripherals and excessive wiring and cabling is eliminated.
 The EduQuest series of computers also have special features which make them especially well-suited for the school environment. For example, a diskette dustshield helps ensure that chalk dust does not enter the computer and cause damage. The mouse features a roller-guide ball which cannot be removed without a special tool, and a variety of keyboards are available, including the popular space-saver keyboard, and one with an integrated track ball.
 The front panel design includes two headphone jacks, one microphone jack, volume control and a built-in speaker. Each computer has bolt- down capability as a security measure.
 The new series is compatible with IBM's family of Personal System/2(R) (PS/2)(R) and PC computers, which have been used in schools since 1981.
 The EduQuest Models Thirty, Forty and Fifty will be available to educators in April starting at the following national educator discount prices: Model Thirty $987 (with 1 MB and no audio option); Model Forty $1,469 (with 4 MB memory and no audio option); and Model Fifty $1,634 (with 4 MB memory and no audio option). Prices may vary according to optional features and peripherals. For more information about the EduQuest family of personal computers for education, please contact the local EduQuest representative. For the name of the nearest EduQuest representative, call 800-769-TEACh.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: IBM, Personal System/2 and PS/2 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. EduQuest is a trademark of the International Business Machines Corporation. DVI is a trademark of Intel Corporation. KODAK is a trademark of Eastman- Kodak./
 /CONTACT: Tom Wall, EduQuest media relations, 404-238-2950/
 (IBM)


CO: International Business Machines Corporation; EduQuest ST: Georgia IN: CPR SU: PDT

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