IBM Announces New NetVista Brand

SAN FRANCISCO (03/13/2000) - IBM Corp. today announced a new family of smaller, sleek PCs, Internet access devices and thin clients, IBM said in a statement.

The NetVista line of devices, available in April, are built to provide fast and easy connection to the Internet, IBM said.

The devices are marked by a black design, high-resolution flat screens, simplicity of use and high bandwidth, the company said.

IBM plans to invest more than U.S.$100 million marketing and promoting NetVista, which it says is its most important launch of desktop technology since its first PC 20 years ago.

The product line is part of IBM's EoN (Edge of Network) strategy to market hardware that promotes easy-to-use devices with Internet access.

Here are the products in the NetVista family:

-- IBM's The NetVista All-in-One is a high performance PC, 75 percent smaller than a typical home or office PC. It includes a 15-inch flat-panel monitor, built-in speakers and an optional radial arm that allows the devices to be mounted on a wall or clamped to the edge of a desk. It includes a wireless LAN (local area network) option. It has two slots and seven USB (universal serial bus) ports.

-- The NetVista Legacy Free PC includes a docking cradle for synchronization with handheld devices such as an IBM WorkPad or other palm-sized organizers. It has two slots, three bays and seven USB ports. It features an embedded security chip and 256-encryption technology.

-- The NetVista Internet Appliance, available only through IBM partners, is a lightweight device with high bandwidth and quick Internet access. IBM partners such as broadband service providers, Internet service providers, application service providers and customers in industries such as health care and finance can offer the device to their customers as an Internet access device, IBM said.

-- The NetZero-Footprint Thin Client is offered to users with restricted space, such as airlines check-in counters and retail checkouts.

The NetVista line will be available through IBM partners, to individual consumers over the World Wide Web and through VARs (value-added resellers). The products will not be sold through retail stores, IBM said.

Pricing was not immediately available. To order, call 1-888-746-7426, or use the World Wide Web at http://www.ibm.com

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