IBM launches new NetVista PCs with Pentium 4 chip

IBM Corp. announced an upgrade to its high-end series of NetVista desktop computers Tuesday, moving to Intel Corp. Pentium 4 processors.

The new baseline NetVista A60 computers have a 1.3GHz processor, 128M bytes of memory, a 20G-byte hard drive, a 10/100 Ethernet port, Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 2000 Professional operating system and Office 2000 Small Business Edition software. IBM prices the baseline NetVista A60 computers at US$1,449, available for order online at http://www.ibm.com/. The NetVista can be configured for processors up to 1.5GHz. Currently, the computer ships with a 48X-16X CD drive, but in April it will be available with an 8X/4X/32X-8X CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive. An 80G-byte hard drive also will be available in April.

The A60 takes up 20 percent less space in the new configuration, according to an IBM press release.

The A60 is the higher end of the NetVista line. IBM announced improvements to the processors of its entry-level NetVista A20 computers last month.

IBM, based in Armonk, New York, can be reached at +1-914-499-1900 or via the Internet at http://www.ibm.com/.

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