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CNET IBM to overhaul its ThinkPad line

Jun 30, 2000, 23:27 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Wilcox)

"IBM would not comment specifically on the timing, but the third-quarter release would coincide with the expected introduction of models using Transmeta's Crusoe processor."

"Leo Suarez, IBM's mobile systems worldwide product manager, said last week that the Armonk, N.Y.-based company would release a Crusoe-based ThinkPad 240 sometime in the second half of the year."

"At PC Expo this week, IBM joined Fujistu, Hitachi and others supporting the Crusoe chip. IBM's interest in Crusoe is driven by the chip's low power consumption, offering the possibility of "squeezing a full day's use out of one charge," Suarez said."

"But IBM is looking at much more than Crusoe for this refresh. The new ultraportable line would complete an important slimming down of the number of ThinkPad models available, as Big Blue looks to cut manufacturing and distribution costs and put more emphasis on people's experience using the notebooks."

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