IBM prepares powerful notebook line

IBM is preparing to launch a new line of notebook computers with enough processing muscle to run high-end applications.

IBM is preparing to launch a new line of notebook computers with enough processing muscle to run high-end applications.

The ThinkPad A series will be offered with Intel's new Pentium 4 mobile processor at up to 1.7GHz and 256Mbytes of DDR SDRAM. Users will also be able to choose from various graphics cards including ATI Technologies' high-end Mobility Fire GL 7800 3D, and a hard drive with up to 60Gbytes of storage.

Engineers rely on powerful desktop machines to run compute-intensive applications for designing machinery, doing scientific research and other tasks. IBM claimed that combining Intel's Pentium 4 mobile processor with powerful graphics processing provides a machine capable of running some of these applications.

Users will be able to choose between the Bluetooth or 802.11b wireless technologies for the ThinkPad A Series. This should allow users to access business applications and work on projects while on the road, IBM said on its Web site. Also offered is a 15in UXGA FlexView display which offers increased brightness and contrast levels.

A high-end configuration with the 1.7GHz Pentium 4 chip and a 60Gbyte hard drive will be priced at $3,699 (£2,602). A lower-end model with the same chip starts at $3,349 (£2,356).

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