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IBM IMPROVES SHIP DATES OF WATER-COOLED PROCESSORS AND FEATURES FIVE ES/9000S TO SHIP AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

   IBM IMPROVES SHIP DATES OF WATER-COOLED PROCESSORS AND FEATURES
              FIVE ES/9000S TO SHIP AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced availability, from one to four months ahead of schedule, of five Enterprise System/9000(A) water-cooled processors.  The newly available processors employ the same advanced technology and design as the IBM ES/9000(A) Model 820 and the Model 900, the industry's most powerful general purpose computer.
    Continuing improvements in manufacturing processes and a focus on quality have helped IBM improve the availability dates of these five processors, which were announced last year.  With the delivery of these machines -- the Models 520, 640, 660, 740 and 860 -- all the announced models of IBM's new generation of ES/9000 water-cooled processors will be in customer installations.
    One of the first customers to receive a new processor will be the State of Maryland Comptroller of the Treasury, who will install a Model 740 in early March.  Maryland State Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein says the new computer will save the state about $5 million per year in software, service and personnel costs because it permits the consolidation of two data centers (IBM ES/3090 600E and IBM 3084Q) into one.
    "Those kinds of savings are especially important in today's revenue environment," said Goldstein. "But we also needed to be certain we had the capacity to carry out our responsibilities for tax processing, payroll, accounting, and health and social services.  The Model 740 let's us do this."
    The ES/9000 family of computers drives the information systems for a wide range of customers from worldwide banks and airlines to universities, governments, manufacturing concerns and distributors. Automatic teller machines (ATMs), airline reservations, and purchases by telephone are just a few of the consumer services made possible by these computers.
    Features and Upgrades
    Two features -- the vector facility for numerically-intensive computing, and the Extended Distance Feature (XDF) for Enterprise Systems Connection Architecture(A) (ESCON(A)) -- will also be available earlier than announced for many water-cooled ES/9000s processors.
    ESCON XDF(A) is an IBM exclusive that gives customers new options for attaching peripheral devices, such as tape drives and disk drives to the processor.  For example, with ESCON XDF, customers can expand the distance for attaching tape drives from five miles to 14 miles.
    In keeping with early shipment of the five models, IBM is also improving ship dates of many upgrades to the water-cooled ES/9000s. (See Fact Sheet.)
    Fact Sheet
    Improved General Availability Dates For ES/9000 Processors
    The following ES/9000(A) processor models are available today and can include the vector feature:
    ES/9000        Improved Availability    Previous Announced
    Models         Date                     Availability Date
    520            Feb. 11, 1992               March 1992
    640            Feb. 11, 1992               March 1992
    660            Feb. 11, 1992               March 1992
    740            Feb. 11, 1992               March 1992
    860            Feb. 11, 1992               June  1992+
    Note: The vector feature availability date for an installed ES/9000 Model 860 is improved to March 1992 from the previously announced availability date of June 1992.
    The following ES/9000 processor model upgrades are available today and can include the vector feature:
    ES/9000
    Models              Improved Availability    Previously Announced
    Upgrades            Date                     Availability Date
    330 to 520          Feb. 11, 1992                March 1992
    340 to 520          Feb. 11, 1992                March 1992
    500 to 640          Feb. 11, 1992                March 1992
    580 to 740          Feb. 11, 1992                March 1992
    Note: The vector feature was previously announced as June 1992 for these upgrades.
    The availability of the following ES/9000 processor model upgrades is improved as indicated, and can include the vector feature:
    ES/9000
    Model             Improved Availability     Previously Announced
    Upgrades          Date                      Availability Date
    720 to 820        March 1992                June 1992
    720 to 860        March 1992                June 1992
    520 to 640        September 1992            December 1992
    640 to 740        September 1992            December 1992
    640 to 820        September 1992            December 1992
    660 to 820        September 1992            December 1992
    740 to 820        September 1992            December 1992
    740 to 860        September 1992            December 1992
    740 to 900        September 1992            December 1992
    The following models are available as indicated and previously announced, and can include the vector feature:
    ES/9000
    Model                   Previously Announced
    Upgrades                 Availability Date
    520 to 660               September 1992
    820 to 860               September 1992
    860 to 900               September 1992
    820 to 900               June 1992
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    (IBM) CO:  IBM Corporation ST:  New York IN:  CPR SU: SM -- NY020 -- 8705 02/11/92 10:16 EST
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