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Texas Instruments Announces TravelMate(R) 6100 Series Incorporating Intel(R)'s New Pentium(R) MMX(TM) Technology

 Offering a New Level of Processing Performance for
 Multimedia and Communications Applications
 TravelMate 6100 Series Key Features

-- An ideal desktop replacement solution, these high horse-powered notebooks utilize Intel's new 166MHz Pentium Processor with MMX Technology.

-- For optimum performance, key features include 512KB L2 cache, 32MB EDO RAM
 (expandable to 96MB), a 2.1GB HDD and a 10X CD-ROM drive.

-- A brilliant 12.1" SVGA TFT color display with a NeoMagic 128-bit graphics

controller for a faster refresh rate and reduced power consumption.

-- State-of-the-art integrated 33.6 Kbps modem with digital simultaneous
 voice/data and telephony capabilities.

-- Modular media bay features unmatched flexibility with up to eight media
 bay accessories.

-- Ultimate system expandability with two stacked 16-bit PC Card slots

(accepts two Type II or one Type III), with Zoomed Video supported on one

-- Available in February, the TravelMate 6100 Series will have estimated street prices of $4,999 for the 6160 model and $5,199 for the 6160NT model.

DALLAS, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN) today announced a new family of high performance TravelMate(R) notebook computers that dramatically improves performance in demanding mobile multimedia and communications applications by taking advantage of the new Intel 166MHz Pentium(R) processor with MMX(TM) technology.

Available in two models -- the 6160 and the 6160NT -- the new TravelMate 6100 Series is designed to provide mobile professionals with full desktop functionality and performance in a notebook computer that can easily handle high-performance multimedia presentations and advanced communications applications such as video conferencing and telecommunications. In addition to the 166MHz Pentium processor with MMX technology, the Series features 32MB of EDO RAM standard (expandable to 96MB), 512KB L2 cache, 2.1GB HDD, a 10X CD- ROM drive, a brilliant 12.1" SVGA TFT color display with a NeoMagic 128-bit graphics controller and an integrated 33.6 Kbps modem with digital simultaneous voice/data (DSVD) and telephony capabilities.

"Because of our unique focus on mobile computing, we understand the ever- increasing demands of mobile professionals. As a result, we have designed the TravelMate 6100 Series specifically for our largest segment of customers -- business professionals who rely on their notebook as their primary computer for on-site customer presentations and sales transactions," said Steve Lair, vice president, worldwide marketing and sales for Texas Instruments Personal Productivity Products. "We have dramatically improved our customers' ability to be effective and productive without increasing the footprint or weight of his or her notebook computer." Typical applications cited by Lair include real estate sales and sales/service force automation projects.

Enhanced Multimedia and Communications Applications

With the TravelMate 6100 Series, customers will experience an increased performance when using current and future multimedia and communications applications. Specifically, the new models with the Pentium MMX technology will offer higher quality audio and video for multimedia applications such as video conferencing; multimedia presentations; Internet/Intranet applications such as Web browsing and publishing; and image and video processing.

A clear performance advantage also will be recognized when using communications applications including email with multimedia; speech command, control and dictation and remote database and LAN access.

Easy-to-Use Integrated 33.6 Kbps Modem with x2(TM) Capability

The TravelMate 6100 Series features an integrated 33.6 Kbps modem with digital simultaneous voice/data (DSVD) capabilities. The integrated modem includes telephony features such as caller identification, a distinctive ring, an answering machine and a full-duplex speakerphone that allows users to talk with and listen to the person on the other end without interrupting the normal flow of conversation. The modem also features the new x2 technology that enables customers to receive data at up to 56 Kbps from many Internet and corporate servers using a compatible modem.

"With the capability to receive data at up to 56 Kbps, the modem greatly increases the speed for customers accessing the Internet while saving them time and money when downloading from the Internet or corporate email systems," continued Lair. "And the integrated modem frees up a PC Card slot so customers can expand the functionality of the notebook if and when required."

Unmatched Flexibility with Modular Media Bay

The TravelMate 6100 Series includes a modular bay system that houses a 1.44MB floppy disk drive or a 10X CD-ROM drive (both come standard with the notebook). The modular bay can house up to eight media bay options including a Li-Ion battery, a high-capacity diskette drive, a cellular phone battery charger, a personal organizer module, a weight reduction module or a second 2.1GB HDD.

Complete Desktop Solution with Windows NT(R)

While the TravelMate 6160 will come dual installed with Windows(TM) 95 and Windows for Workgroups, TI's TravelMate 6160NT model will offer a complete desktop replacement solution with the Windows NT Workstation 4.0 operating system. Windows NT offers many advantages such as data protection, easy Internet access through built-in TCP/IP networking, and ease-of-use through the familiar Windows 95 interface. In addition, the Windows NT offering allows customers to take advantage of powerful features such as a higher level of security and reliability.

Pricing and Availability

Available in February, the TravelMate 6100 Series will be sold through the traditional distribution channels, including VARs, distributors, dealers and select retail outlets. The TravelMate 6100 Series will have estimated street prices of $4,999 for the TravelMate 6160 and $5,199 for the TravelMate 6160NT.

livegear(TM) Accessory Products

livegear's collection of accessories emphasize performance, functionality and usability of TI mobile systems as well as products that enhance the productivity of other manufacturers' equipment. TI-exclusive products in the livegear line are either designed uniquely for the TravelMate or the Extensa(TM) notebook families or are common to both platforms. From CD-ROMs to PC Cards, and from RAM memory modules to auto adapters, all accessories are rigorously tested for compatibility before they can wear the livegear name. Customers can be assured that their livegear accessory will work with their TI notebook anywhere they live, learn or work.

An entire line of livegear accessories is available now, with significant product additions expected throughout the year. livegear products are fully supported by TI's toll-free 24-hour-a-day, 365-days-a-year customer support team. A full listing of products is available by calling 800-TI-TEXAS and livegear details are listed on TI's web site at

TI Quality, Reliability and Support

To provide the highest-quality, most responsive support, Texas Instruments maintains an exemplary worldwide warranty service. No registration is required to activate the warranty, which is honored in any country with a TI- authorized service operation. In addition, TI offers a 24-hour, 365-days-per-year, toll-free service and support line. The service line provides owners free technical support for any TI mobile computer under warranty. TI also offers a five-day "desk-to-desk" repair service so customers are never without their computer for long.

Texas Instruments Incorporated, headquartered in Dallas, Texas is one of the world's foremost high-technology companies with sales or manufacturing operations in more than 30 countries. TI products and services include semiconductors; defense electronics systems; software productivity tools; mobile computing products and consumer electronics products; electrical controls; and metallurgical materials.

To obtain more information about TI, please call 1-800-TI-TEXAS or visit the TI Web site at (

TRADEMARKS: TravelMate is a registered trademark of Texas Instruments. Extensa and livegear are trademarks of Texas Instruments. Pentium and Intel are registered trademarks of Intel, MMX is a trademark of Intel. Windows and Windows NT are trademarks of Microsoft. x2 is a trademark of U.S. Robotics.

SOURCE Texas Instruments Incorporated
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/CONTACT: Sheri West or Traci Renner of Maples Communications for Texas Instruments Incorporated, 972-664-1536, or /


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