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NEW ENTRY-LEVEL i386SL-BASED NOTEBOOK PCs; MOST AFFORDABLE Z-NOTE YET

 NEW ENTRY-LEVEL i386SL-BASED NOTEBOOK PCs;
 MOST AFFORDABLE Z-NOTE YET
 NEW YORK, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Zenith Data Systems, a Bull company, today expanded its award-winning Z-NOTE line of notebook PCs with the introduction of a new entry-level model.
 The Z-NOTE 320Lb, built around the highly power-efficient Intel386 SL microprocessor that ZDS helped specify, offers up to 3.5 hours of continuous battery operation -- which can be extended to a maximum of 9 hours using the "Rest/Resume" power-management feature.
 "With the Z-NOTE 320Lb, notebook users without networking requirements can now enjoy the advantages of the most-affordable member yet in the award-winning Z-NOTE series," Enrico Pesatori, ZDS president and chief executive officer, said at PC Expo here.
 The new Z-NOTE 320Lb, which weighs 5.7 pounds, is expected to sell for less than $2,100. North American shipments are scheduled to begin this week.
 Key features of the Z-NOTE 320Lb include:
 -- Upgradeability of key components: For example, the black-and white liquid crystal display (LCD) can be replaced in the future with an active-matrix color LCD or a pen-capable display.
 -- Simplified desktop connections: The Z-NOTE 320Lb is compatible with the "READYDESK" port replicator, a cost-effective, space-saving alternative to the traditional desktop docking unit for laptop PCs.
 The Z-NOTE series is part of ZDS' new Advanced Professional Products line, which is based on the four guiding principles of the company's long-term product strategy: Investment Protection, Integrated Connectivity, Ease of Use, and Design & Ergonomics.
 The first four models in the Z-NOTE series, which earned Byte Magazine's "Best of Show" award after being introduced at COMDEX in April, are the first PC-compatible notebooks with built-in hardware and software for local area networking.
 "The new Z-NOTE 320Lb isn't network-ready, but it still offers the valuable benefits of Investment Protection, Ease of Use, and Design & Ergonomics at an even more-aggressive price," Pesatori said.
 -- Investment Protection. The black-on-white LCD of the Z-NOTE 320Lb can be upgraded to a bright, vivid active-matrix color LCD, "when the customer is ready," Pesatori said.
 And, the display of the Z-NOTE 320Lb also will be upgradeable with a pen-capable display. ZDS is demonstrating its pen-upgrade technology for the first time at PC Expo, with product details and availability to follow later this year (see related release).
 Additionally, the 60-megabyte hard drive on the Z-NOTE 320Lb can be upgraded with a 120MB hard drive, and end-user upgrades include memory (up to 12MB), numeric coprocessor (a multispeed i387 SL), modem and BIOS.
 -- Ease of Use Power Management: The Z-NOTE series represents the third generation of ZDS notebook PCs based on Intel's i386 SL microprocessor. "ZDS contributed to Intel's development of the specification of the i386 SL, and our knowledge of the microprocessor allows us to maximize the system's power-management capabilities," Pesatori said.
 The Z-NOTE 320Lb also is compatible with the Advanced Power Management specification from Microsoft and Intel.
 In combination, these factors result in the Z-NOTE 320Lb offering 3.5 hours of continuous NiCad battery operation, which can be extended to a maximum of hours using the "Rest/Resume" power-management feature. With an optional nickel metal-hydride battery, battery performance can be increased to four hours, extendible to a maximum of 10.
 The Z-NOTE 320Lb also offers such sophisticated power-management features as:
 -- "Rest" mode, which replaces the "off" switch while allowing the system to "Resume'' -- even in the middle of an application -- up to two weeks later at the push of a button.
 -- "Standby" mode, which conserves power while allowing immediate re-access -- with any keystroke or mouse movement -- to the suspended application; and
 -- "Panic save," which saves work in-process when the main battery runs down.
 The Z-NOTE 320Lb features "Lid Rest/Resume," which allows the user to power-down the system into "Rest" mode simply by closing the unit's lid, then return to any application by re-opening the lid.
 READYDESK: A popular option for the Z-NOTE series also is compatible with the entry-level Z-NOTE 320Lb: the "READYDESK." This cost effective alternative to the traditional desktop docking solution offers Z-NOTE users the convenience of keeping the cables from their desktop peripherals connected to a compact, lightweight port replicator, which then attaches in one motion to a Z-NOTE PC.
 "Our users don't, as an example, want to re-connect their monitor every time they bring their Z-NOTE back to their desk. But they also don't want the somewhat-prohibitive expense of a traditional docking station, which can cost $1,000 or more," he said.
 With a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $149, the highly affordable READYDESK is a small bar that snaps easily onto the rear of the Z-NOTE 320Lb. The device provides an enhanced parallel port, a serial port, two PS/2 ports (one for a pointing device, one for a 101 key keyboard), a monitor output for Super VGA video, and a plug for AC power. It weighs 0.75 pounds.
 -- Design & Ergonomics "Like the four other Z-NOTE models, the Z-NOTE 320Lb has a comfortable, 'no-compromise' keyboard with full-size keys," Pesatori said. The Z-NOTE 320Lb also has a 10-inch-diagonal (9.5-inch viewable) black-on-white LCD that emulates color with 64 gray shades. It offers "simultaneous display" -- on the LCD and on a monitor -- for use in presentations.
 And the Z-NOTE 320Lb shares the contemporary, elegant industrial design found on all ZDS Advanced Professional Products.
 -- Specifications for the Z-NOTE 320Lb Model 60:
 -- 20-megahertz Intel386 SL microprocessor
 -- 60-megabyte "Rest-aware" hard drive, with MS-DOS 5.0
 factory-installed
 -- 2MB of random access memory
 -- 5.7 pounds, 11.9-inch (W) x 8.5-inch (D) x 1.9-inch (H)
 -- 82-key keyboard with full-size keys and inverted "T" layout for cursor controls
 -- 13-icon LCD system status panel
 -- 10-inch-diagonal (9.5-inch viewable) edgelit black-on-white LCD, with 640x480 VGA resolution and support for 64 gray shades
 -- NiCad battery
 Zenith Data Systems, a Bull company, is a leading supplier of notebook and desktop PCs, servers and related peripherals. With headquarters in Buffalo Grove, Ill., ZDS has engineering facilities in St. Joseph, Mich., Santa Clara, Calif., and Billerica, Mass.; manufacturing facilities in St. Joseph, Mich., and Villeneuve d'Ascq, France; and sales locations in more than 30 countries.
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 EDITOR'S NOTE: Zenith Data Systems is no longer part of Zenith Electronics Corp. Please refer to Zenith Data Systems on second reference as either "ZDS" or "Zenith Data."
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 (ZDS PC Expo Booth No. 2446)
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 /CONTACT: Matt Mirapaul or John Bace, both of Zenith Data, 708-808-4848/ CO: Zenith Data Systems ST: Illinois IN: CPR SU: PDT


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