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…Wide Array of Options Designed to Enhance User Experience…


IBM today enriched its award-winning ThinkPad line of notebook computers
with the introduction of new high-performance A, T, and X Series models
replete with a full complement of customisable UltraPort options. Select
models of the A and T Series are powered by the new Mobile Intel Pentium
III 1GHz (1) processor, the fastest processor ever available in an IBM
ThinkPad.

The new ThinkPad A Series models - the A22p and A22m - boast many of the
capabilities of a desktop workstation with the flexibility of a mobile PC.
Designed for mobile users who take their work with them, the new models
feature high-resolution screens as large as 15 inches, a big, comfortable
keyboard, expansion options and desktop-like functions such as superior
graphics capabilities.

The ThinkPad T22 provides an optimum balance of performance and
portability, offering the mobile user the latest technology in a thin and
light form factor. With a travel weight that starts at 2.4 kg (2) and a
14.1 inch TFT screen, the T22 is the lightest, high performance notebook
in its class. Select models of both the A and T Series are now available
with the latest Mobile Intel Pentium III processor featuring Intel
SpeedStep technology at 1GHz.

The ultraportable ThinkPad X21 features the latest low voltage Intel
processors that help extend battery life to nearly five hours (3).
Designed for road warriors who spend a significant time away from the
office, the X Series models start as light as 1.4kg and are about an inch
thin with a 12.1-inch TFT display.

"With today's ThinkPad announcements, we are enhancing user performance in
a variety of ways, through faster processors, longer battery life and
unique accessories," said Peter Sutherland, EMEA Mobile Brand Manager, IBM
Personal Computing Division. "These enhancements will enable users to do
more and to better tailor their ThinkPads to fit the way they work and
live."

Interchangeable accessories are common across A, T and X Series. An
UltraPort connector at the top of the display of select models gives
customers the flexibility of attaching innovative options without
cumbersome connectors. A USB adapter is also available.

IBM UltraPort options announced today include:

· New IBM UltraPort Digital Array Microphone, which uses advanced digital
signal processing to electronically eliminate background noise and deliver
clear acoustic and audio input.

· New IBM UltraPort IrDA Module, to help provide the convenience and
flexibility of infrared wireless connectivity.

· IBM UltraPort Camera II, which captures still images up to 640 X 480
resolution and video up to 320 X 240 at 30 frames per second.

· IBM UltraPort Compact Flash Reader, an easy-access option that supports
all popular Compact Flash media, including the optional IBM 340MB and 1GB
(4) Microdrives.

Pricing, Availability, Service and Support

The ThinkPad T22 models are available from mid-April. Prices start from
1776 UK Pounds. The ThinkPad A22m and A22p models are available from
mid-April with prices starting from 1424 UK Pounds. The ThinkPad X21
models are available from mid-April with prices starting from 1578 UK
Pounds. All models come preloaded with Microsoft Windows 98 or Windows
2000 Professional.

The IBM UltraPort Camera II is available now, and the UltraPort Compact
Flash Reader will be available March 31 at a price of 66 UK Pounds. The
UltraPort IrDA Module will be available next month; and the UltraPort
Digital Array Microphone will be available in June; All prices quoted are
Web list price.

Wireless Capability

These new IBM ThinkPad models are network ready with modem and Ethernet
ports standard. Users seeking the freedom of wireless computing can easily
add the optional 802.11b IBM High Rate Wireless LAN PC Card 128 for
wireless networking (an optional IBM High Rate Wireless LAN Access Point
is also available and necessary in order to enable wireless networking) or
the Bluetooth PC Card from IBM for short-range wireless capability.

IBM also offers a ThinkPad Dock and a ThinkPad Port Replicator, which can
be used across these new A, T and X Series models.

The IBM 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 via the Internet at: www.ibm.com/shop/uk or
via phone at: 0800 169 1458. The new ThinkPad notebooks are also available
through IBM business partners.

IBM's renowned service and support are now even more convenient with the
ThinkPad Button; a one-button link to Access ThinkPad and the ThinkPad
Assistant. Users can find the information needed to set up, learn about
and enhance their notebook, including a link to the new ThinkPad Community
Web page(ibm.com/pc/us/thinkpad/community) and an on-system user's guide.

Options by IBM offers a wide range of accessories and upgrades designed to
work with the IBM ThinkPad. For a complete list of options, visit
http://www.ibm.com/options


IBM offers personalised Web-based support, a one or three year limited
warranty and 7 days a week, 365 days a year hardware support during the
warranty period.


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Editors Notes

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.

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.

Footnotes

IBM and ThinkPad are registered trademarks of International Business
Machines Corporation in the United States and other countries. Microsoft,
Windows and Windows NT are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
Intel and Pentium are registered trademarks and Celeron is a trademark of
Intel Corporation. Other company, product and service names may be
trademarks or service marks of others.

Pricing available from IBM directly; does not include taxes or shipping
and is subject to change without notice. Reseller prices may vary. IBM
reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any
time without notice.

1. MHz and GHz only measures microprocessor internal clock speed; many
factors affect application performance.

2. Weight includes battery and travel cover; weight may vary due to vendor
components, manufacturing process and options.

3. These model numbers achieved a ZD BatteryMark (TM) Version 3.0 or 4.0
Battery Rundown Time of times shown above. The test was performed without
independent verification by ZD; ZD makes no representations or warranties
as to these test results. Battery Mark is a trademark of ZD Inc. in the US
and other countries. Battery life (and recharge times) will very based on
many factors, including screen brightness, applications, features, power
management, battery condition and other customer preferences.

4. GB equals 1 billion bytes and MB equals 1 million bytes when referring
to storage capacity; accessible capacity may be less.

5. Pricing available from IBM directly; does not include taxes or shipping
and is subject to change without notice. Reseller prices may vary. IBM
reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any
time without notice.

Media Contacts:

Clare Behling

PR Manager, IBM PSG UK and Ireland

Tel: 0207 202 3259

clare_behling@uk.ibm.com


Louisa Judge/Joanna Lane

Brodeur Worldwide

(On behalf of IBM)

Tel: 01753 790700

Ljudge/jlane@uk.brodeur.com

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