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IBM'S NEW PS/2S ARE THE BEST OF THE BEST

 IBM'S NEW PS/2S ARE THE BEST OF THE BEST
 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- In 1981, IBM (NYSE: IBM)


set the standard for the personal computer industry when it introduced the IBM Personal Computer. In 1987, IBM raised the bar when it introduced a new generation of personal computers, the Personal System/2(A). Today, the IBM Personal Computer Company continues that tradition of excellence with its new family of PS/2s(A), which include high performance desktops and a broad range of servers.
 "More and more buyers are placing service, support and quality at the top of their buying list," said David S. Andonian, PS/2 brand marketing director, the IBM PC Co. "The products we introduced today demonstrate that we listened."
 The new PS/2 systems harness the industry's most powerful processors, with attention to quality and detail unsurpassed in the industry.
 Because of this level of excellence, IBM, in a new offering, backs these systems with an unprecedented onsite three-year warranty and a four-hour average service response time -- the most comprehensive in the industry.
 Desktop Systems
 Topping the list of new desktop systems is the PS/2 77 486 DX2, which utilizes the industry's fastest processor, Intel's clock-doubling 66/33 megahertz 486-DX2. IBM also introduced two systems powered by its own clock-doubling chip, the PS/2 56 486SLC2 and PS/2 57 486SLC2, providing 50/25 MHz power. Rounding out the set of new desktop offerings are the PS/2 76 486 and PS/2 77 486, which utilize Intel's new 486SX-33 MHz chip.
 IBM today also:
 -- Reaffirmed its commitment to providing the broadest selection of Local Area Network (LAN) server solutions in the industry by adding a low-cost, high-performance server, two new server 95s and two new advanced disk subsystems.
 -- Delivered on its promise of an Ultimedia(A) family of personal computers by announcing four new multimedia PS/2 machines.
 The new multimedia models -- the PS/2 Ultimedia M57 486SLC2, PS/2 Ultimedia DV M57 486SLC2, PS/2 Ultimedia M77 486 and Ultimedia 77 486DX2 -- combine the mainstream power and speed of the PS/2 line with integrated state-of-the-art multimedia technology.
 "IBM is uniquely qualified to drive technology into the 21st Century," said James G. Turner, PS/2 brand development director, the IBM PC Co. "PS/2 represents the best of the best in personal computers."
 In keeping with IBM's commitment to ergonomic excellence, IBM announced three monitors (9515, 9517 and 9518). The new systems and monitors exceed the most rigorous International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards for user comfort and productivity, with flicker-free, easier-to-read non-glare screens.
 All new desktop PS/2s are pre-loaded with Operating System/2(A) 2.0, have the advanced, non-interlaced graphics of Extended Graphics Array-2 (XGA-2), 8 megabytes (MB) standard memory, a 2.88 MB diskette drive, Micro Channel(A) architecture and Small Computer System Interface (SCSI).
 Three-tier Server Strategy
 IBM this summer redefined its approach to the LAN server marketplace, introducing a three-tier server strategy designed to deliver solutions to customers in every network environment: traditional file and print server; advanced high availability/high performance servers; and mission-critical, fault tolerant application/database servers.
 "This strategy represents IBM's continued commitment to providing the most complete selection of LAN and storage subsystem products in the industry," said David Hauger, PS/2 servers marketing manager.
 The new PS/2 Server 85 is a powerful, expandable system that can be used as a cost-effective network server, multi-user host or gateway. The Server 85 is especially suited for traditional file and print server applications.
 The Server 85 features a 486SX-33 MHz processor, eight 32-bit Micro Channel expansion slots, five storage bays, expandable system-board memory to 64 MB and up to 3.2 gigabytes (GB) of internal disk storage.
 The new PS/2 Server 95, which offers high performance and reliability, is powered by two chips, a 486DX2 50/25 MHz or 486 50 MHz.
 These systems complement IBM's server products announced this summer, including the Server 295, the industry's most advanced fault tolerant application server.
 More Reliable Server Storage
 For customers who need significantly faster access and greater storage capacity in their servers, IBM's new PS/2 3515 High-Performance Disk Subsystem brings the combination of high performance and high capacity to the 50 MHz Server 95.
 Utilizing IBM's expertise in storage subsystems, the 3515 virtually eliminates disk bottlenecks by capitalizing on the Server 95's advanced Micro Channel bus with 40 MB-per-second streaming data function.
 The 3515 can be used to attach over 51.3 GB of data storage, making it ideal for applications such as digitized video, audio or engineering graphics.
 For customers with mission-critical applications which demand redundant array of inexpensive disks (RAID) Level 5 technology, the new PS/2 3514 High-Availability Disk Array provides customers with up to 20.7 GB of protected data storage.
 The 3514, an easy add-on to the Server 85 and 95, provides a redundant power supply and a "smart" file rebuilder.
 IBM today also announced a new PS/2 2 GB 4 MM Tape Drive option.
 XGA-2
 IBM's new XGA-2 offers outstanding performance, up to twice as fast as the original XGA and up to four times as fast as Super Video Graphics Array (SVGA).
 It offers flicker-free operation at a high resolution mode of 1024 x 768 with 256 colors, with performance optimized for modern Graphical User Interface (GUI) environments.
 The new desktop PS/2s are supported by IBM Operating System/2 2.0, Standard and Extended Editions, as well as IBM Disk Operating System(A) (DOS) version 5.0 and AIX Version 1.3.
 All PS/2s announced today are available through Authorized Advanced Product Dealers (APDs), Industry Remarketers and directly from IBM.
 Service/Support
 IBM offers a three-year, on-site service warranty and four-hour average response time, around-the-clock assistance, seven-days-a-week, through an 800 telephone number, a bulletin board, and an automated fax number.
 HelpWare(A) extends IBM's heritage of service and support with four major programs for PS/2 end-users: Personal Systems HelpCenter(A), HelpBuy(A) (including 30-day "quibble free" money back guarantee), HelpLearn(A) and a host of other HelpWare component programs. The HelpCenter telephone number is 1-800-772-2227 (TDD/ASCII 800-426-4238).
 In summary, IBM's new PS/2 brand team brought to market five desktops, four multimedia systems, three servers and three monitors and backed them with the industry's most comprehensive warranty and support offering.
 (A complete list of new PS/2 products, specifications and prices is available on a separate product list).
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