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 January 20, 2000

 The new ThinkPad 600X has some of the industry's leading technologies, engineered to meet performance requirements of the most demanding mobile professionals including the latest Intel Mobile Pentium III processors with Intel SpeedStep technology. Additionally, there are new ThinkPad models preloaded with Windows 2000 Professional - Microsoft's new operating system that is built for mobile users and is easier to use and manage (planned availability is scheduled for February 17, 2000).
"As IBM transforms its customers into e-businesses, they are demanding flexible, powerful tools to handle needs of the most demanding applications. The ThinkPad 600X is ideal for handling the most rigorous applications used by financial services, engineering, manufacturing and services operations," said Susan Taylor, ThinkPad marketing manager, IBM Canada Ltd. "This ThinkPad 600X represents the leading edge of mobile computing design, offering top performance and usability in a very elegant package."
The new ThinkPad models (5FU/9FU) feature the latest Intel Mobile Pentium III processor at 650 MHz with Intel SpeedStep technology - a unique blend of near desktop performance that also helps to optimize battery life. The ThinkPad 600X has a 56K V. 90 Mini-PCI modem, a 12GB S.M.A.R.T. hard disk drive, a bright active matrix 13.3-inch display, enhanced graphics and expandable memory up to 576MB.
Weighing just under five-pounds(1), the ThinkPad 600X is one of the most comfortable and flexible systems available today. It features the renowned ThinkPad keyboard and TrackPoint pointing device with "Press-to-Select" scrolling and magnifying options. The ThinkPad 600X's modular UltraslimBay enables users to easily swap out a number of Options by IBM, including a second battery, hard disk drive or Zip Drive.
Lowers TCO
The ThinkPad 600X solves the problem of maintaining a large number of mobile users in large enterprises and helps IT managers focus more attention on their business and applications. It supports IBM's industry-leading Universal Manageability tools for faster deployment, better support and serviceability. Universal Manageability Services exploits the latest system management standards, including Common Information Model (CIM), Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) and Extensible Markup Language (XML), and is compatible with numerous enterprise management software applications. These tools enable enterprises to keep track of PC inventories as well as remotely perform support tasks and update systems.
The new ThinkPad 600X is also compatible with today's leading operating systems, including Windows 98, Windows NT and Windows 2000.

IBM Also Unveils New ThinkPad i Series Notebook PCs
New models of the ThinkPad i Series, each of which can be personalized with optional coloured covers, are targeted toward individuals and very small businesses. The new ThinkPad i Series, models 1541, 1480 and 1421, feature the Intel Celeron processor at 466 MHz, an integrated 56K modem, enhanced multimedia features and four colour-coded Easy Launch buttons that bring users to an IBM/Lycos site (requires Internet account, available separately). The site includes a personal home page; an advanced search page; a consumer page that directs and recommends sites for Web shopping; and a messaging page offering free e-mail. Users also have the option to customize the Easy Launch buttons for one-touch access to their favourite Web pages or any application they frequently use. The new ThinkPad i Series model 1541, ideal for small businesses, is pre-loaded with Microsoft Office Small Business Edition and 6GB hard disk drive.

Options By IBM
Uniquely designed to complement ThinkPad notebooks, Options by IBM offers mobile users a variety of peripherals and upgrades including:
- the IBM 340MB Microdrive ($759) for most ThinkPads and the WorkPad z50. Measuring less than a square-inch and fitting into a notebook's Type II PC Card slot, the IBM 340MB Microdrive can hold 200 times more data or images than a floppy disk. Its small size and industry-standard removable format make this an ideal storage solution for today's "go anywhere" mobile computer users.
- a Multi-Port USB Hub ($259) offers five USB ports, plus parallel and serial ports for all ThinkPad models, industry notebooks and PCs with an available USB port, and supports Windows 98 and Windows 2000.