CNET News.com: IBM to overhaul its ThinkPad line
Jun 30, 2000, 23:27 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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
"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,"
"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."