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FOUR NEW ULTIMEDIA MODELS HIGHLIGHT IBM PS/2 LINE

 FOUR NEW ULTIMEDIA MODELS HIGHLIGHT IBM PS/2 LINE
 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Delivering on its


promise to provide a family of multimedia-enabled personal computers, IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced four new Ultimedia(A) Personal System/2(A) (PS/2)(A) systems as part of IBM's premium line of PS/2 computers.
 "The expansion in the Ultimedia family represents a continuation of our commitment to provide the best multimedia systems for business, government and education," said Michael A. Braun, assistant general manager, Multimedia. "Our Ultimedia systems offer the things these customers want: the most natural user interfaces available; the easiest integration into existing networks and infrastructures; and the highest possible quality, including unparalleled service and support."
 IBM's new models -- the PS/2 Ultimedia M57 486SLC2, PS/2 Ultimedia DV M57 486SLC2, PS/2 Ultimedia M77 486, and PS/2 Ultimedia M77 486DX2 -- combine the mainstream power and speed of the existing PS/2 line with integrated state-of-the-art multimedia technology. These models offer faster processors; larger and faster hard files; expanded memory; and many other exciting features, and build upon the success of the PS/2 Ultimedia M57 SLC which was announced last fall.
 As integral members of IBM's PS/2 line, the new models represent the most comprehensive and complete Intel-based multimedia systems in the industry. This includes: powerful 486 processors; three pre-loaded operating environments including multimedia operating system extensions; three-year warranty on all new models; and non-interlaced XGA(A) graphics which complies with rigorous International Organization for Standardization (ISO) requirements.
 Each Ultimedia model also offers exciting multimedia functions integrated into the systems. These include: high-speed XGA graphics for better performance and higher resolution; 600 MB CD-ROM II drive with extended architecture capability and fast 330 ms seek time; system CD's loaded with industry-leading programs, tools and samplers; 16-bit sound quality; headphone jacks, microphone and volume control.
 The new Ultimedia models also protect the IBM customer's investment through: upgradability; compatibility with existing IBM hardware and software; and enhancement options like the IBM 8516 Touch Display and TouchSelect(A) panels, PS/2 TV for video monitoring, and the ActionMedia (B) II DVI(B) card (for digital video).
 With these machines, IBM offers the most natural user interfaces available in the desktop computing environment. This includes a microphone for audio-enhanced applications and reduced screen flicker as a result of the non-interlaced XGA2 capability which is up to two-times faster than XGA and up to four times faster than super VGA.
 The Ultimedia family offers uncompromising quality through an array of services and support unrivaled in the industry. In addition to toll- free numbers for information on the products, applications and technical issues, IBM Multimedia specialists are located in nearly 50 sites across the country. Additionally, over 300 software developers, 200 Business Partners, and 170 dealers are multimedia trained and certified. Creators have the added support of the Ultimedia Developers Program.
 Customers will find the new systems easy to use with an on-line Systems Guide to aid in start-up. The pre-loaded systems software -- OS/2(B) 2.00.1, Windows 3.1 and DOS 5.0 -- are available to let users experiment with or create applications using a full-range of the top multimedia software packages and tools that are available on the market today. Multimedia extensions to OS/2 (Multimedia Presentation Manager/2 (A)) and Windows have also been included on each system.
 Six CD's (the equivalent of over 2,000 diskettes) are part of the CD sampler that contains a variety of IBM and non-IBM applications and demonstrations. The sampler enables new or experienced multimedia users to create multimedia applications with a minimum of effort.
 Included in this package are tools and titles such as: IBM's Linkway (A) and Audio Visual Connection(A); MacroMedia's Action! 2.0(B) and Authorware Professional(B); Play XA/2(B) from Mammoth; Asymetrix' Toolbook(B); Master Tracks Pro 4(B) from Passport Designs; and National Geographic Society's Mammals and The Presidents...It All Started With George.
 PS/2 Ultimedia Family Members:
 (all prices are suggested retail -- dealer prices may vary):
 - PS/2 Ultimedia M57 SLC, the original member of the PS/2 Ultimedia family and the first system to integrate CD-ROM II with Extended Architecture, has been upgraded to a 160 MB hard file with 8 MB of memory and is further upgradable to a 486SLC2. Additionally, the price of the PS/2 Ultimedia M57 SLC has been lowered to $3,355, providing improved price performance to address the needs of entry-level business users.
 - The PS/2 Ultimedia M57 486SLC2 is powered by IBM's clock-doubling chip, for increased processor speed (25/50 Megahertz). At $4,225, this machine is ideally suited for the business professional and for higher education and training uses.
 - The PS/2 Ultimedia DV M57 486SLC2 fulfills part of IBM's Ultimedia platform vision by delivering a machine which contains integrated digital video capability based on the ActionMedia II DVI technology jointly developed by IBM and Intel. The Ultimedia DV model comes with an exciting array of full-motion video samplers and tutorials which demonstrate the vast benefits of providing digital video capabilities. Corporate training, merchandising, and other video- intensive applications are some of the many areas that can benefit from the Ultimedia DV M57. The systems sells for $5,675.
 - The PS /2 Ultimedia M77 486 (33 MHz) provides a fast 32-bit data path and expandable memory up to 32 MB. The Ultimedia M77 is perfect for the advanced business professional involved in multimedia activities such as presentation development or collaborative work who may desire a growth path to the more powerful 486DX2. It is priced at $4,695.
 - The PS/2 Ultimedia M77 486DX2 contains the fastest processor chip in the industry, Intel's 486DX2 (33/66 MHz). Large customers or those with compute-intensive applications -- engineers, creators, developers -- can benefit from the fast processing and 32-bit data path as well as the expanded memory capability. The M77 486DX2 is listed at $5,295.
 The new Ultimedia machines have 212 MB hard drives with 12 ms average access time and 8 MB RAM. There are four available expansion slots on the M57 486SLC2, three each on the other models and all contain one open bay. All four machines will be available later this year.
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 (B) Indicates trademark or registered trademark of the indicated companies: Intel Corporation; Assymetrix Corporation; Macromedia, Inc.; Passport Designs, Inc.; and Mammoth Micro Productions, Inc.
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