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Texas Instruments introduces TravelMate(TM) 5000 Notebooks; The First Notebooks to Maximize Pentium(TM) Performance Using PCI Bus Architecture.

TEMPLE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 27, 1995--Ushering in a new era of notebook performance, Texas Instruments today introduced the TravelMate 5000. Created in the tradition of TI's award-winning notebooks, the TravelMate 5000 includes an all-new design that delivers performance previously available only on desktop PCs. This performance includes the blazing-fast 75MHz Pentium processor utilizing PCI bus architecture. TI integrated PCI bus architecture realizing users need the input and output performance allowed only through PCI. TI continues to be first to market with features that most benefit the user.

With all this performance, the TravelMate 5000 still offers outstanding mobility with a small footprint and a weight of only 6.7 pounds, which includes two lithium ion battery packs for increased battery life. The dual batteries are a standard feature on every TravelMate 5000 -- unlike some notebooks from other manufacturers, who charge extra for the second battery and make users sacrifice the floppy disk drive. The notebook provides exceptional connectivity with a PCMCIA Type III card slot, a serial infrared port for wireless connectivity, and an external PCI expansion bus, which allows no-hassle addition of peripherals for maximum flexibility.

The TravelMate 5000 family includes two models based on the 75MHz 3.3-volt Pentium processor with PCI bus and a choice of 10.4 inch active matrix color or 10.5 inch dual scan color displays.

"TI's TravelMate 5000 notebook is a generation ahead of other notebook products in being able to offer desktop PCI performance in a notebook form factor," said Dave Richardson, senior vice president, manager of Mobile Computing Operations and Worldwide Sales and Marketing. "From custom silicon to PCI bus, every element of the new TravelMate 5000 has been optimized for exceptional power, longer battery life, mobility and connectivity."

Processor: 75MHz Pentium TCP processor, 3.3 volts
Bus Architecture: PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect)
 internal and external expansion bus
System Bus Speed: 50MHz (64 data-bit)
Memory: 8MB, expandable to 32MB
Displays: 10.4 inch active matrix color or 10.5 inch
 dual scan color, 16.7 million colors, 2MB
 video memory
Storage: 810 million byte (=722MB) hard disk drive
 (active matrix model) or 524 million byte
 (=500MB) hard disk drive (dual scan model),
 1.44MB floppy
PCMCIA: Supports one Type III or two Type I/II cards
Keyboard: 4mm travel keys with integrated pointing
Multimedia: Integrated multimedia capabilities including
 built-in 16-bit sound card, internal
 speaker, internal dual-mode microphone;
 interfaces for audio in/out; real-time
 video with Intel Indeo(TM) video software
Wireless Connection: Serial Infrared Port
Power: Intelligent battery system with two lithium
 ion battery packs, Advanced BatteryPro(TM)
 software for power management; slim
 universal AC adapter
U.S. Street Prices (est.): Active Matrix Color $5,899
 Dual Scan Color $5,299


PCI bus for true Pentium performance and investment protection.

Today the leading desktop Pentium PCs include the high-performance PCI bus. Since most notebook users are looking for desktop performance, there's no longer a reason to consider a Pentium notebook without PCI bus. A PCI bus gives users the memory bandwidth to fully utilize the Pentium processor, I/O bandwidth to receive and transfer information faster, eliminating bottlenecks and providing true multitasking, thus significantly increasing user productivity. The PCI bus takes full advantage of 64-bit Pentium power on both the local bus and the I/O bus to deliver lightning-fast system performance for faster-running applications and superior graphics performance. The TravelMate 5000 includes not only an internal PCI bus, but an external PCI bus for improved performance of docking system options and peripherals.

The TravelMate 5000 is designed to take advantage of Windows(TM) 95. Texas Instruments, working with Microsoft, has designed the TravelMate 5000 in accordance with Microsoft's hardware design guide for Windows 95. By taking advantage of the full plug and play capabilities of PCI and Windows 95, the TravelMate 5000 offers users desktop performance now, plus compatibility with the industry's future standard in software.

Exceptional battery life.

The TravelMate 5000 includes two state-of-the-art lithium ion batteries -- without sacrificing size, weight, or eliminating the floppy drive. The notebook delivers outstanding battery life of up to six hours. Users can "hot-swap" the batteries while the notebook is running, for convenient, easy battery changes.

The TravelMate 5000 provides optimum battery life, thanks to TI's patented Advanced BatteryPro software with an intelligent power management system. In addition, the notebook comes with a slim 2 inch x 4 inch worldwide AC adapter (5.1 x 10.2 cm) that is lightweight and easy to carry.

With its sleek size and low weight, the TravelMate 5000 is optimized for mobility.

Designed for connectivity.

The TravelMate 5000 offers exceptional connectivity including a serial infrared (SIR) industry-standard IRDA port, a PCMCIA slot and the external PCI expansion bus. The SIR port allows convenient, wireless connection to other notebooks or PCs, so users can share files easily without the hassle of cables. The PCMCIA Type III slot accommodates two Type I or Type II cards or one Type III card, with support for 3v, 5v and 12v cards. Texas Instruments offers a growing range of optional PCMCIA cards, including Token Ring, Ethernet(R) and 14.4K data send/receive fax modem with voice and XJACK(TM). The external PCI expansion bus provides a high-speed interface to a host of plug and play peripherals.

Docking system options.

The TravelMate 5000 includes two docking system options for even greater convenience in desktop replacement applications. Both docking systems offer users one connection for the most popular interfaces. The EZ-Dock has a serial and parallel port, with VGA, mouse and keyboard connections. The EZ-Dock Plus includes those features and more: two Type III PCMCIA slots, PCI FAST SCSI II, MIDI/Game port and two stereo speakers for improved sound quality. The TravelMate 5000's optional docking systems are connected via the external PCI bus, for optimum performance. These docking systems are interchangeable and compatible with the entire TravelMate 5000 family. Warranty, pricing and availability.

All TravelMate 5000 notebooks are covered by TI's three-year limited warranty. (See Note) In addition to repair depots in major metropolitan areas, TI also offers a "desk-to-desk" service program. If a customer calls for service before 3 p.m., TI will arrange for the notebook to be picked up that day and overnighted to the TI repair center; TI will then overnight the repaired unit to the owner. The TravelMate 5000 Active Matrix Color has an estimated U.S. street price of $5,899 and is available in March through TI's extensive network of dealers and distributors worldwide. The TravelMate 5000 Dual Scan Color has an estimated U.S. street price of $5,299 and is available in April. The EZ-Dock has an estimated street price of $279, while the EZ- Dock Plus has an estimated street price of $449.

Please refer all reader inquiries to: Texas Instruments Incorporated

P.O. Box 6102, MS 3242

Temple, TX 76503


NOTE TO EDITORS: Texas Instruments Incorporated, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a high-technology company with sales or manufacturing operations in more than 30 countries. Ti products and services include semiconductors; defense electronics systems; software productivity tools; printers, notebook computers and consumer electronics products; custom engineering and manufacturing services; electrical controls and metallurgical materials.

NOTE: Warranty may vary from country to country. Please contact your local TI office for details. Batteries and options are covered by a one-year limited warranty.

TRADEMARKS: TravelMate and BatteryPro are trademarks of Texas Instruments Incorporated. Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Pentium and Indeo are trademarks of Intel Corporation. Ethernet is a registered trademark of Xerox Corporation. XJACK is a trademark of Megahertz Corporation.

CONTACT: Texas Instruments, Temple

Jerry Rycaj, 817/774-6110
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