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LOW-COST, POWERFUL INFOWINDOW II DISPLAYS SUPPORT INCREASED WORKSTATION PRODUCTIVITY

 LOW-COST, POWERFUL INFOWINDOW II DISPLAYS
 SUPPORT INCREASED WORKSTATION PRODUCTIVITY
 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Users of the IBM Application System/400(see Note A) (AS/400(A)) can increase workstation productivity with powerful, new low-cost InfoWindow(A) II displays that provide an Enhanced User Interface, variable split screens and a wide choice of monitors.
 The InfoWindow II displays announced today by IBM Corporation (NYSE: IBM) provide new functions and introduce the new Enhanced User Interface with special symbols and mouse support for use with pop-up windows and help screens.
 The displays also provide a horizontal and vertical variable split screen, three session support (display-display-printer), and a built-in calculator. A printer port is standard on all models.
 Users of the new displays can view a screen with two display areas and vary the relative size of the areas. Users also can work with two instantly available screen viewings or sessions, and the display can handle a printing job at the same time.
 The Enhanced User Interface on the new displays is supported by Operating System/400(A) (OS/400(A)) Version 2 Release 2 and a new, high-function twinaxial workstation controller with twice the memory of current models.
 Three InfoWindow II displays were announced today. The new 3488 Modular Display Station is a new design that permits attachment of a variety of popular IBM video graphics array (VGA) monochrome or color monitors. AS/400 customers can tailor the workstation to meet their exact requirements. In the future, if the customer decides to upgrade the workstation, the monitor can be retained.
 Also announced were two other powerful InfoWindow II displays. The 3486 comes with a 14-inch monochrome monitor. The 3487 comes with either a 15-inch monochrome monitor or a 14-inch color monitor. The terminals offer an optional expansion cartridge -- a small programmable card -- that will allow additional functions to be added to the terminal in the future to meet unique customer requirements, thereby providing additional investment protection.
 The 3486 and 3487 have a multi-stage power management function that turns off components not used during periods of inactivity, reducing power consumption up to 65 percent as well as component stress.
 All models of the InfoWindow II displays have a built-in calculator that displays its data in the system status area of the screen, leaving the main screen area unimpaired. All three models provide for printing of material from the host as well as from the display screen.
 IBM plans to make it easier for customers to take advantage of the Enhanced User Interface for the InfoWindow II displays and other terminals. Today, application developers can use OS/400's User Defined Data Stream to build the new screen formats. IBM said it intends to enhance AS/400's Data Description Specification (DDS) extensions so customers can use DDS display files for graphical interfaces.
 Standards
 The 3486 and 3487, and the 3488 with the appropriate monitor, are designed to meet the standards of the International Standards Organization (ISO 9241 Part 3) for front of screen characteristics related to uniformity of presentation of the entire display area and the new stringent Swedish requirements (MPR-II) for low frequency electric and magnetic fields as well as electrostatic fields.
 The InfoWindow II displays are also compatible with current AS/400 displays, providing full access to existing midrange host applications.
 General Availability
 The InfoWindow II 3486 Display Station, the 3487 Display Station with 14-inch color monitor, and the 3488 Modular Display Station will be available Sept. 25. The 3487 Display Station with 15-inch monochrome monitor will be available June 25, 1993.
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