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ZDS INTRODUCES FIVE NEW MODELS OF Z-NOTEs: ALSO DEBUTS CPU, HARD DRIVE, DISPLAY UPGRADES FOR AWARD-WINNING LINE

 BUFFALO GROVE, Ill., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Zenith Data Systems, a Bull company, today extended the award-winning Z-NOTE line of notebook PCs with the introduction of three new models utilizing the power-saving Intel486 SL microprocessor.
 "These new Z-NOTEs are for the mobile professional with demanding software applications, such as those that require extensive multi- tasking or numerically intensive computing," said Philippe Ribeyre, ZDS vice president of product line management.
 The company also introduced two aggressively priced models of the 25 MHz i386 SL Z-NOTE, featuring a passive-matrix color display.
 "Microsoft Windows was designed to be used with a color display. The use of the passive-matrix color display is the most economical way to achieve that goal in portable computing," Ribeyre said.
 The five new models in the Z-NOTE family are:
 -- Z-NOTE 425Ln Model 120, with a 25 MHz Intel486 SL microprocessor, 4MB of random access memory, a 120MB hard drive, and a 9.5" viewable VGA edgelit monochrome display. The ZDS price is $2,599. Available in February.
 -- Z-NOTE 425Lnp Model 120, with a 25 MHz Intel486 SL microprocessor, 4MB of random access memory, a 120MB hard drive, and a 9.5" viewable VGA passive color-matrix display. The ZDS price is $3,299. Available in February.
 -- Z-NOTE 425Lnc Model 200, with a 25 MHz Intel486 SL microprocessor, 4MB of random access memory, a 200MB hard drive, and an 8.4" viewable diagonal VGA active-matrix color display. The ZDS price is $3,999. Available in February.
 -- Z-NOTE 325Lp Model 85, with a 25 MHz Intel386 SL microprocessor, 4MB of random access memory, an 85MB hard drive, and a 9.5" viewable VGA passive color-matrix display. The ZDS price is $2,699. Available in early February.
 -- Z-NOTE 325Lp Model 120, with a 25 MHz Intel386 SL microprocessor, 4MB of random access memory, a 120MB hard drive, and a 9.5" viewable VGA passive color-matrix display. The ZDS price is $2,899. Available in early February.
 Z-NOTE 486SL Family
 The Z-NOTE 486SL professional notebook family features the 25 MHz Intel486 SL microprocessor.
 The i486 SL is Intel's newest high-performance microprocessor designed specifically for portable notebook computers. It offers all the power conservation features developed for the original SL microprocessor, as well as the true desktop performance users expect from an i486DX-based system. The i486 SL offers full 32-bit internal and data bus operation.
 The i486 SL combines an i486 DX CPU core with SL system management architecture, integrated math coprocessor and 8K internal cache memory.
 "This unique microprocessor design will give the user a high- performance ZDS notebook with unmatched speed and battery life," Ribeyre said.
 The Z-NOTE 486SL notebooks come with 4MB of 3.3-volt RAM as standard. Additional RAM can be added in 4MB or 8MB increments, up to a system total of 28MB.
 Z-NOTE 325Lp
 Both models of the new Z-NOTE 325Lp offer a bright 9.5-inch passive- matrix color display.
 The screen can show 256 simultaneous colors and its advanced external video capabilities include 1024x768 high resolution.
 The Z-NOTE 325Lp is built around the power-saving 25 MHz Intel386 SL microprocessor that ZDS helped co-develop. It comes with 4MB of RAM standard, expandable to 12MB.
 Key components of the Z-NOTE 325Lp are upgradeable. Hard disk drives and floppy disk drives can be upgraded as larger sizes become available. The passive-matrix color display can be upgraded to an active-matrix color or a pen-capable display when available. The Z-NOTE 325Lp's CPU can be upgraded to a 25 MHz i486 SL microprocessor.
 All five new models of the Z-NOTE series feature:
 -- A high-speed communications port: ZDS-developed, it is compatible with Ethernet, the most popular local area network hardware standard. This allows easy LAN connections, plus data transfers more than four times as fast as the traditional network adapters designed for portable PCs.
 -- Pre-loaded network software: The "client shells" for the most popular LAN operating systems (Novell NetWare, Microsoft LAN Manager and Banyan VINES) and Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.1 are factory- installed on the hard drive.
 -- Simplified desktop connections: The READYDESK is a cost- effective, space-saving alternative to the traditional desktop docking station for notebook PCs.
 -- Power Management: Up to 4.5 hours of continuous operation for monochrome (2.5 hours for color) with a nickel metal-hydride battery, which can be extended to a maximum of 10 hours for monochrome (6 hours for color) using the "Rest/Resume" power-management feature. (A)
 Award-Winning Notebooks
 The Z-NOTE series earned Byte magazine's "Best of Show" award at the Spring 1992 COMDEX computer trade convention in Chicago. PC Laptop has awarded the Z-NOTE series a "World Class Award for Technology" and PC Magazine has cited the Z-NOTE as the "Best New Portable of 1992" and a finalist in the Technical Excellence Award category. Compute called the Z-NOTE "The Best Notebook Computer of 1992" and Byte bestowed its "1992 Award of Distinction" to the Z-NOTE family.
 The aggressively priced Z-NOTE series is part of the company's Z series, which is based on the four guiding principles of ZDS' long-term product strategy: Integrated Connectivity, Investment Protection, Ease of Use, and Design & Ergonomics.
 CPU, Hard Drive, and Display Upgrades
 As part of its investment protection strategy, ZDS today announced the availability of CPU, hard drive and video display upgrades for current and future owners of Z-NOTE 386SL notebook PCs.
 "With the availability of the i486 SL microprocessor upgrade, users can double the system's processing power while also extending memory and video capabilities," Ribeyre said.
 The factory-installed upgrade converts an i386 SL-based Z-NOTE into a true 32-bit, 3.3-volt, i486 SL 25 MHz notebook computer. The new CPU features an integrated math co-processor and an 8K internal cache memory.
 The upgrade procedure extends the system's maximum RAM capacity to 28MB and doubles the Z-NOTE's internal video DRAM to 512KB. This means that an active-matrix color Z-NOTE will now be able to display 256 simultaneous LCD colors.
 The ZDS price of the i486 SL system upgrade is $1,399.
 A 200MB hard drive is also available for all Z-NOTEs. The 2.5-inch IDE "rest aware" drive can replace an existing 60MB, 85MB or 120MB hard drive. The ZDS price for the 200MB hard drive upgrade is $849. Price does not include the cost of installation at a ZDS service center.
 Owners of all Z-NOTEs with monochrome displays can now upgrade their notebooks to an active-matrix color display through a factory- installable option.
 The upgrade will be performed at ZDS' main manufacturing facility in St. Joseph, Mich. The installation and testing of the new display takes approximately 48 hours. The $2,599 ZDS price of the active matrix color display upgrade includes the cost of overnight air freight to and from ZDS.
 Zenith Data Systems products are available directly from ZDS through its field sales force or through its Z-DIRECT catalog. The company also has a network of more than 200 North American authorized resellers. The company has distribution arrangements with six major distributors (DataGo, Gates/FA, Ingram Micro, Merisel, Microage and ROBEC).
 Resellers and distributors determine their own prices, which may be higher or lower than ZDS' direct price.
 Zenith Data Systems, a Bull company, is a leading supplier of notebook and desktop PCs, servers, monitors and related peripherals. With headquarters in Buffalo Grove, Ill., the company 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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 Trademarks and trade names are used to identify the entities claiming the marks and names of their products. Zenith Data Systems disclaims any proprietary interest in trademarks and trade names other than its own.
 (A) Battery life depends on applications used, power management features selected and accessories attached./
 -0- 1/19/93
 /NOTE TO EDITORS: 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." Please do not refer to ZDS as "Zenith."/
 /CONTACT: Matt Mirapaul or John Bace of ZDS, 708-808-4848/


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