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PANASONIC UNVEILS A LOW-VOLTAGE NOTEBOOK COMPUTER WITH EXTENDED BATTERY LIFE

 PANASONIC UNVEILS A LOW-VOLTAGE NOTEBOOK COMPUTER
 WITH EXTENDED BATTERY LIFE
 SECAUCUS, N.J., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasonic Communications & Systems Company (PCSC) today introduced a notebook computer that represents a true breakthrough in computer technology. The new CF-1000 features a low-voltage microprocessor and components as well as a detachable floppy disk drive that can be easily replaced with an additional battery to offer up to 11 hours(A) of power.
 Weighing a scant 5 pounds and measuring just 1.25 inches thin, the CF-1000 uses Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.'s (AMD) Am386(TM)SXLV microprocessor, running at 25MHZ, which draws only 3.3V of power. The notebook also features 110/230MB hard disk capacity with 60/120MB hard disk drive and SuperStor(TM) disk compression utility software installed on the CF-1000's hard disk. In addition, the CF-1000 offers standards 4MB of RAM, expandable up to 12MB.
 "With its compact size, low-voltage operation and an unprecedented battery life, the CF-1000 is the perfect tool for businesspeople who spend a lot of time out of the office," said John Meaney, national sales and marketing manager for Panasonic Computer Division. "Combined with the rugged durability that makes our notebooks some of the toughest in the industry, the CF-1000 lets users focus on their work instead of their work instead of their computers' operations."
 "Panasonic's new CF-1000 takes full advantage of our new Am386SXLV/25MHZ microprocessor by giving users the computing power they need in a package that is only a fraction of the weight of other currently available notebooks," said Subodh Toprani, director of marking for AMD's Personal Computer Products Division.
 Low-Voltage Operation
 In addition to using AMD's low-voltage microprocessor, the CF-1000 employs VLSI Technology, Inc.'s single-chip, high-performance VL82C315A SCAMP(TM)II Low-Power System Controller. The chip is ideal for low- power notebook systems in that it enables versatile peripheral support, greatly reduces system parts count and cost, and saves power in portable applications. The VI82C315A supports 3.3V, 5.0V or mixed-mode operation without external level shifters. It also integrates support for AMD's System Management Interrrup (SMI) and low-power self-refresh DRAMs while in Suspend Mode.
 The CF-1000 also employs Cirrus Logic's CL-GD6412 LCD VGA Controller, combining the industry's highest quality liquid crystal display (LCD) graphics with a unique "mixed voltage" operating capability. It is the first such device to allow major interface operation at either 3.3V or 5V.
 Back-Up Power Keeps It Running For Hours
 Computer users now have a reason to keep a spare nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery on hand, because that is all it takes to breathe additional hours of power into the CF-1000. By simply removing the detachable floppy disk drive and inserting an optional second NiMH battery, users can continue working without losing their place for an additional 3-to-5.5.
 With this option, users have the advantage of working up to 11 straight hours without having to worry about charging notebook batteries. Also, NiMH batteries can be recharged in two hours to full capacity before they are completely discharged, eliminating the "memory effect" of their cadmium counterparts.
 Slimmer, Trimmer, Yet Just As Powerful
 Panasonic uses a newly developed material to make the CF-1000 light yet strong. Carbon fiber reinforced plastic provides a tough, resilient shell that ensures the CF-1000 will withstand the same treatment as currently available notebooks without being as heavy.
 Panasonic also shrunk the thickness of the LCD screen to 0.2 inches without sacrificing the crisp clarity of the 9.5-inch display.
 Additional features of the CF-1000 include: 640 x 480 VGA display with 1:1 dot aspect ratio with FL sidelight, five standard ports (Dsub 9-pin serial, Dsub 25-pin parallel, 15-pin VGA, Mini DIN 6-pin EXT.KB/Mouse and dedicated 200-pin AT BUS) and two internal slots (RAM expansion and modem).
 The CF-1000's keyboard features 84 keys with a 101 AT key layout emulate.
 Switches include a control power button, reset control, FDD eject button and LCD contrast.
 The CF-1000 will be available in November 1992 at suggested retail prices(B) of $2,299 (60MB) and $2,699 ($120MB).
 In the United States, Panasonic Communications & Systems Company markets an extensive line of office automation equipment, including notebook computers; dot matrix, laser and color thermal printers; the PanaSync line of color monitors; CD-ROM drives; phase-change, magneto- optical and WORM optical-disk recording and storage equipment; the Panafile II series of optical filing products; filing sub-systems; computer scanners; color digital copiers; office and personal copiers; whiteboards; electronic typewriters; the Panafax line of plain-paper and thermal facsimile machines; digital business telephones and cellular telephones; pagers; specialized data collection computers; and POS equipment.
 (A) Battery life tested by Panasonic using PC Lab's benchmark test under super long life mode.
 (B) Suggested retail/list price indicates that price at which we believe our product can be most successfully merchandised. Dealers must decide for themselves the prices at which our products are actually advertised and sold.
 AN386(TM) is trademark of Advanced micro devices, Inc.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: End users may obtain sales information by contacting Panasonic Communications & Systems Company at 1-800-742-8086. Please do not publish the editorial contact telephone numbers.
 If you wish to review this unit or any other Panasonic Communications & Systems Company product, please contact Mandy O'Donnell at 212-887-8659/
 /CONTACT: Ron Tomczyk of Panasonic Communications & Systems Company, 201-348-7183; Adam Sohmer or Mandy O'Donnell of Creamer Dickson Basford, 212-887-8031 or 212-887-8659, for Panasonic Communications & Systems Company/ CO: Panasonic Communications & Systems Company ST: New Jersey IN: CPR SU: PDT


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