IBM ANNOUNCES DELIVERY OF THINKPAD TRANSNOTE, WORLD'S FIRST PORTFOLIO NOTEBOOK COMPUTER Tuesday 20 February 2001 PDF Print Revolutionary Design Integrates Paper and Ink with a Mobile Computer IBM today announced the new ThinkPad TransNote*, the world's first portfolio notebook which combines a mobile computer with a digital notepad in a stylish package that features the industry's most radical design change since the clamshell. The ThinkPad TransNote allows highly mobile users to integrate paper-based information into the digital workspace easily and efficiently. The ThinkScribe* digital notepad, digital pen and Ink Manager* Pro software capture handwritten ideas on paper and transfer them to the computer, where they can be managed, organised and searched. The TransNote can be used to share handwritten information via e-mail, word processing documents and presentations, and can even manage handwritten "to do" lists. The TransNote offers an effective solution for mobile professionals, such as executives, sales reps, bankers, and lawyers, and in particular for users whose work involves filling in forms on a regular basis. Target industries include finance, insurance, medical, government, real estate, higher education, legal and others. "The TransNote leverages IBM's strength with the ThinkPad brand, and is a unique, well engineered, new style of laptop that demonstrates IBM's innovation in providing solutions for new areas of business" said Andy Brown from IDC. Gerrit Schipper, CEO and President of Abz Holding, a Dutch company that has organised the first financial business community hub, and provides eLogistic services for the European financial business community, heralds the IBM ThinkPad TransNote as a breakthrough productivity device. "Abz services many professionals that have a specific need to integrate structured and unstructured information. Our customers such as damage appraisal experts, financial planners, insurance brokers and many other professionals for whom mobility and working on the spot is important will find the TransNote refreshing and in particular very versatile", said Gerrit Schipper. "We were one of IBM's early partners integrating the TransNote into our various business processes, even before the product was formally released. The feedback we received was incredible. Today we are working with IBM to customise our own business applications with the TransNote and have it seamlessly interface with our financial business community hub. Abz web based services will truly become available anywhere, anytime for anyone using the TransNote as their virtual office", added Gerrit Schipper. The ThinkPad TransNote portfolio design is truly unique. Protected by an easy to grip Endurimer cover, the TransNote opens like a book. Inside on the left side is a high performance mobile computer with a pivoting touch screen that can be used unobtrusively flat or raised to any desirable angle to expose a keyboard with full-sized keys. On the right side the digital notepad integrates a standard letter-sized or A4 pad of paper. The mobile computer and digital notepad can be used together or independently. "The ThinkPad TransNote is a leadership product that represents IBM technology at its finest," said Peter Sutherland, mobile brand manager, IBM Personal Computing Division. "It provides an ideal solution for those customers who are looking to combine pen and paper with a mobile computer to manage and share their information more effectively and efficiently." TransNote Product Features Weighing in at less than 2.5kgs and 33mm thin (complete with digital pen and paper pad), the ThinkPad TransNote is optimised for wireless connectivity through optional 802.11b wirelesss LAN or Bluetooth PC cards for short-range workgroup collaboration. Models are available for both right and left handed users. Product features include: - A pivoting 10.4inch FlipTouch screen, allowing the display to be used flat, or raised exposing the keyboard. Both the screen and image can be inverted to share work with other users. - A ThinkScribe digital notepad and digital pen, which automatically saves handwritten notes, transfers them to the computer. Its 2MB of flash memory can save up to 50 pages of notes, even with the PC off, and transfer them once the system is turned on. - InkManager Pro software, a note management system, allows users to save notes and retrieve them easily, insert them into e-mail, word processing documents and presentations. The software also manages "to do" lists and phone messages, linking them to calendar dates. - Unique FlexFold* design allows users to compact the system in one fluid motion to use either side independently, even while standing. - Page, file and action selector controls providing fast, easy system management. The TransNote incorporates the full power and ease-of-use of the award-winning IBM ThinkPad line, including the legendary TrackPoint* tracking device, and the ThinkPad Button with links to information, resources and help. The ThinkPad TransNote was conceived and developed by various research and design teams throughout IBM, including the famous T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown, NY. 'New Standard for Mobile Computing' The TransNote is powered by a low-voltage Intel Mobile Pentium** III processor at 600 MHz, 64MB of memory, a 10GB hard disk drive and a choice of Microsoft Windows** 98SE or Windows 2000 Professional operating systems. The portfolio notebook also features integrated Ethernet and 56KB modem, two USB ports, a video port, a port replication port and PC Card and Compact Flash slots. Customers can choose from a wide range of accessories to customise the way they work. The ThinkPad TransNote Port Extender provides a one-cable connection and delivers enhanced expandability. The IBM 1GB Microdrive utilises the Compact Flash slot built into the TransNote and delivers the power of digital technology. The ThinkPad TransNote is the ideal solution for a number of industry specific tasks. A Software Development Kit (SDK) is available to customers and solution providers so that customised uses of the TransNote can be enabled such as the creation of customer specific forms. Pricing, Service and Support The starting price for a model preloaded with Microsoft Windows 98 is £2,059. The ThinkPad TransNote, along with the rest of the ThinkPad family, offers a broad range of functionality for companies of all sizes as well as individuals. The notebook computers are available directly from IBM in UK, France, Germany and Sweden via the Internet http://www.ibm.com/shop/uk or telephone on 0800 169 1458. The new ThinkPad notebooks are also available through IBM business partners. Options by IBM offers a wide range of accessories and upgrades designed to work with the ThinkPad TransNote. For a complete list of options, visit www.ibm.com/options. IBM offers personalised Web-based support, one-year limited warranty that can be extended and 7 days a week/365 days a year hardware support during the warranty period. Ref: 01/041 Notes to Editor: About IBM IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM creates, develops and manufactures the industry's most advanced information technologies, including computer systems, software, networking systems, storage devices and microelectronics. The fastest way to get more information about IBM is through the IBM home page at http://www.ibm.com About IBM PCD A pioneer in the design and manufacture of cutting-edge personal computing solutions since 1981, IBM's Personal Computing Division (PCD) offers a comprehensive family of products for optimised performance in a networked world. These range from compact Work Pads and award winning ThinkPad mobiles to powerful IntelliStation workstations, IBM eServer xSeries and the sleek NetVista line of next generation desktops and thin clients. All incorporate innovative IBM design features and is backed by the company's unsurpassed worldwide customer support and service networks. About IBM ThinkPad IBM ThinkPad continues to lead the way in delivering enhancements, innovations and solutions that have shaped and defined the mobile computing industry. To date, more than 10 million ThinkPad notebooks have been shipped. Since the launch of the ThinkPad 700C in 1992, these acclaimed notebook computers have been lauded as design and engineering models, winning more than 700 industry awards. ThinkPad notebooks have been trusted for use in some of the world's most extreme settings, including space shuttle launches, altitudes more than 17,000 feet above sea level and on the open seas. * Indicates trademark or registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation. **All other company, product and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others. Bluetooth is a trademark owned by Telefonaktiebolaget L M Erricsson, Sweden, and licensed to IBM. 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