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Personal Computer features tool-less mechanical design.

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Press Release Summary:

March 10, 2005 - ThinkCentre(TM) A50 includes Intel 865G or 865GV core chipset, CeleronĀ® or Pentium(TM) 4 processors with integrated L2 cache, support for up to 4 Gb of DDR1 system memory, Ultra ATA-100 HDD, 2 USB 2.0 ports, and integrated 10/100 Ethernet. Durable steel enclosure supports optional large-screen TFT flat-panel and CRT displays, and chassis design features tool-less cover removal, tool-less slots, and internal bays that flip up and allow components to slide in on rails.

IBM (Corporate Headquarters)

1 New Orchard Rd., Armonk, NY, 10504-1783, USA

Original Press Release

New IBM ThinkCentre A50 Systems Offer Industry-Leading Technologies at Competitive Prices

Press release date: February 22, 2005

At a glance

o The ThinkCentre A50 systems offer:

o Excellent performance and room for growth:

o Fast Intel Celeron and Pentium 4 processors

o Outstanding 2D/3D graphics performance for demanding graphics applications

o Innovative tool-less mechanical design for easy upgrades and service support

ThinkVantage technologies to help:

o Make computing simpler

o Lower your total cost

o Increase PC availability and control

Overview

ThinkCentre(TM) A50 systems bring the best blend of essential features and technology, including Intel(TM) processors, Intel Extreme Graphics 2 video (selected models), and powerful software tools to backup and protect your data.

Leadership design:

o Intel 865G or 865GV core chipset

o Intel CeleronĀ® or Pentium(TM) 4 processors with integrated L2 cache

o Hyper-Threading technology (selected models)

o Support for up to 4 GB of double data rate (DDR1) system memory

o Durable steel enclosure that supports optional large-screen TFT flat-panel and CRT displays (sold separately)

o Integrated Intel Extreme Graphics 2 support

o Audio Front Panel (selected models)

o Ultra ATA-100 HDD

o Tools for support and system expansion

Rescue and Recovery(TM) software includes a one-button recovery solution that lets you restore your previously saved system image including data, applications, and operating system

Access IBM software provides easy access to key IBM ThinkVantage(TM) technologies and IBM service and support

Easy-to-service chassis design helps maximize uptime, make upgrades easy, and make repairs fast with tool-less cover removal, tool-less slots, and internal bays that flip up and allow components to slide in on rails

o Easy-to-access high-speed USB 2.0 ports

o Optimized for connectivity

o Intel 10/100 Ethernet integrated

o IBM service and support

o Worldwide service and support

For up-to-date marketing and technical information, visit the IBM Web site at

http://www.pc.ibm.com

Diagnostics

PC-Doctor diagnoses common problems on major system components. Diagnostic tests are run either locally or remotely through the Internet or an intranet.

Remote deployment manager (RDM) (downloadable)

RDM is a server-based application that simplifies the setup, configuration, rollout, and ongoing lower-level management of networked ThinkCentre desktop computers. Because RDM gains control of a PC before it boots its local operating system, many of the lower-level tasks that previously required a visit to each computer can now be performed over the network.

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