ThinkPad Wireless Integration
With the introduction of new ThinkPad A22m models, IBM takes the next step in its initiative
to extend wireless capability across the ThinkPad lineup with notebooks that can connect over
a modem, Ethernet or wireless 802.11b LAN.
IBM's innovative dual antenna design, which places the antenna in the top cover, provides
significantly better signal strength (1) than that offered by other notebooks (2). The
ThinkPad A22m comes with a 14.1-inch TFT display and Intel 1GHz(3) processor.
IBM also announced another desktop alternative model, the ThinkPad A22e, a 2.6kg(4) (travel
weight) notebook with either a 13.3-inch or a 14.4 display. These lightweight notebooks are
targeted at budget-conscious businesses that require the essentials for mobile computing.
IBM has enhanced its ThinkPad i Series line with new models offering integrated wireless and
CD/RW capability. These notebooks, with a 13.3-inch TFT displays, feature advanced graphics
and DVD functionality, and offer an affordable notebook solution for growing businesses,
educational institutions, students and individuals.
Designed for mobility, the ThinkPad i Series 1200 and 1300 line starts at 2.7kg and 3.6cm
thin, with longer-lasting batteries on most models. Earlier this year, IBM introduced the
industry's first Intel-based notebook with integrated wireless LAN capabilities, the ThinkPad
i Series 1300.
For select ThinkPads, users can 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)
ThinkPad users seeking the freedom of wireless computing can also add optional Bluetooth PC
Cards for short-range capability. IBM also announced a new Bluetooth UltraPort Module, which
allows users to create personal area networks (PANs) for wireless connectivity between PCs,
mobile phones, handhelds or other Bluetooth-enabled products, will be available this summer.
New IBM WorkPads
Two new sleek and slim IBM WorkPads, including IBM's first handheld computer with a color
display, are now ready for customer delivery. Based on the Palm Computing platform, the new
WorkPads feature the industry-leading Palm OS software v4.0 bundled with enterprise-ready
software from IBM, including Lotus EasySync Pro and IBM DB2 Everywhere Personal Edition. The
WorkPad c500 and c505 PC Companions offer the tiny Secure Digital (SD) / MultiMediaCard
expansion slot for expandability and additional functionality, yet are highly portable,
weighing only 113 and 139 grams respectively.
IBM wireless solutions are popular in higher education, with more than 160 universities
enrolled in the ThinkPad University programme, an integrated solution to deploy and support
student and faculty mobile computing. Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland, last
October invested nearly £500,000 in IBM ThinkPad laptop computers and loaned them to 350
first-year students in the business school. The students paid a £75 deposit for a ThinkPad A
Series, which comes with a 6Gb hard disk, a modem, an Ethernet card and 8Mb radio cards with
Lucent 802.11 for wireless connection.
"Students today want an education that includes the same technology and business skills they
will need for a job", says Ian Green, IBM Education Manager for Europe, the Middle East and
Africa. "In addition, many students work, support families or live off campus. They want
access to courses and instructors outside the classroom and outside class hours. Putting
courses on the Internet and combining that with the ability to access those courses from
virtually anywhere and anytime with a laptop computer fulfills these needs".
IBM is the leading the development of strategic wireless industry standards through a number
of special industry groups, including Bluetooth Special Interest Group; WLANA (Wireless LAN
Alliance); WECA (Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance); WAP Forum; HomeRF and IrDA. In
addition, IBM is an active participant on the IEEE 802.15 working group investigating ways to
ensure compatibility between 802.11 WLAN and Bluetooth
Pricing, Availability, Service and Support
ThinkPad A Series models will be generally available June 22. Prices range from 1,213 to
2,159 UK pounds for the A22m, and 1,015 to 1,573 UK pounds for the A22e. The new ThinkPad i
Series is available now, with prices ranging from 811 to 1,318 UK pounds. Worldwide
availability varies by country. All models come preloaded with Microsoft Windows 98, Windows
Millennium or Windows 2000 Professional. All prices quoted are Web list price (5). The IBM
High Rate Wireless LAN PC Card is now priced at 137 UK pounds.
The WorkPad c500 (monochrome) is priced at 314 UK pounds, and the WorkPad c505 (colour) is
priced at 371 UK pounds. Both are now generally available.
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 http://www.ibm.com/pc/uk/buydirect or via phone at 0800 0965287. 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 at http://www.ibm.com/pc/us/thinkpad/community and an on-system
user's guide. IBM offers personalised Web-based support, a one-or three-year limited
warranty(6) depending on model type and 24X7 toll-free hardware support (response times may
vary) during the warranty period.
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.
Notes to Editor:
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 13 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
nearly 750 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.
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
IBM, ThinkPad and WorkPad are trademarks or 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 of Intel Corporation. Other company, product and service names may be trademarks
or service marks of others.
1. Signal strength, measured in dBm, does not necessarily equate to increased performance.
Performance is influenced by many factors.
2. Based on antenna azimuth average gain and radiation pattern testing conducted on April 3,
2001, on Toshiba Tecra 8200 and Dec. 26, 2000, on Dell Latitude C600.
3. GHz and MHz only measures microprocessor internal clock speed; many factors affect
4. Weight includes battery and travel cover; weight may vary due to vendor components,
manufacturing process and options.
5. Price does not include tax or shipping and is subject to change without notice.
Manufacturer's warranty applies to non-IBM products.
6. For terms and conditions or a copy of IBM?s Statement of Limited Warranty, contact IBM
locally. Battery covered by a separate, one-year limited warranty.
PR Manager, IBM PSG UK and Ireland
Tel: 0207 202 3259
Louisa Judge/Joanna Lane
(On behalf of IBM)
Tel: 01753 44 8870/44 88 47
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