CRT Monitor is compatible with IBM PC systems.

Press Release Summary:

ThinkVision(TM) C170, 17 in., full flat shadow mask, CRT monitor, delivers clear images with flat-screen, low distortion, and low glare characteristics. Product has 16 in. viewable image size, 85 kHz horizontal line frequency, and flicker-free 1280 x 1024 resolution. Compliant with TCO '99 guidelines, unit offers VESA DDC (Display Data Channel) capability for Plug and Play and asset tracking with DDC-enabled attaching system unit hardware and software.

Original Press Release:

The IBM ThinkVision C170 - Cutting-Edge Technology in a CRT Monitor

At a Glance

Features of the ThinkVision C170 monitor include:

o 17-inch CRT with 16-inch viewable image size
o Flat shadow mask technology for truly accurate images throughout the screen and no edge distortion
o 85 kHz horizontal line frequency
o Flicker-free 1280 x 1024 resolution capability
o TCO '99 guideline compliance
o Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) Display Data Channel (DDC) Plug and Play for easy and quick setup
o Award-winning design


The ThinkVision(TM) C170 monitor is a 17-inch full flat shadow mask CRT monitor. It delivers clear images with flat-screen low distortion and low glare characteristics at an attractive price.


o Flat shadow mask technology for clear images on the entire screen with low distortion and low glare
o A 17-inch full flat-screen CRT with a viewable image size of 406.4 mm (16 inches), incorporating a 0.25-mm diagonal dot pitch and a 0.22-mm horizontal dot pitch
o An optimal flicker-free addressability of 1024 x 768 pels at 85 Hz, frequency of 85 kHz with a maximum addressability of 1600 x 1200 pels
o ThinkVantage® design:
- C170 design matches IBM PCs
- Quick and easy monitor adjustments using new on-screen display (OSD)
o Available in stealth black
o VESA DDC capability for Plug and Play and asset tracking with a DDC-enabled attaching system unit hardware and software
o Meets the ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy efficiency1
o Timings for the VESA 85 Hz refresh rate display modes for 640 x 480, 800 x 600, and 1024 x 768 addressabilities
o Appropriate graphics adapter hardware and software must be installed in the attaching system unit
o Universal power supply providing worldwide operating capability (requires plug adapters, sold separately)


o TCO '99 compliant
o Low energy consumption
o Clear images with minimal reflection
o Compatibility with IBM PC systems

1 As an ENERGY STAR partner, IBM has determined that this product meets the ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy efficiency. Requires attachment to a suitable configured system.

Key Prerequisites

The ThinkVision C170 monitor operates with many IBM and compatible PC systems. Most VGA, SVGA, XGA, and SXGA applications will run without modification.

Planned Availability

June 2003



The ThinkVision C170 color CRT monitor supports the DDC protocol to level 2B. Basic configuration information can be passed to a system unit from its attached monitor. Often referred to as Plug and Play, the protocol allows a DDC-enabled system unit to automatically configure the video adapter to drive the attached monitor at its optimum display mode without end-user intervention. For effective optimization, the attaching system unit must also be hardware- and software-enabled for DDC operation.

The capabilities of the monitor are held in nonvolatile monitor memory in an encoded format. The data is received from the monitor by the system unit during boot up and system configuration.

The DDC data sent by the monitor to the attached system unit also includes the monitor's serial number and other identification information. This can be held in the system unit until requested - for example, by a department LAN administrator needing to assess the location of all equipment connected to the LAN.

Date information transmitted in the monitor DDC data conforms to VESA DDC Standard V2.

Multiattachment Flexibility

With the microprocessor-controlled, multifrequency operation of the monitor, users can migrate from VGA through SVGA, XGA, and SXGA to UXGA (1600 x 1200 addressability), or use increasingly sophisticated applications without any immediate need to replace the monitors. The C170 can deliver flicker-free 1280 x 1024 pels at up to 75 Hz (non-interlaced).

Power-Management Capability

These monitors have a power-management capability that meets the power consumption requirements of the EPA ENERGY STAR program. The power-management functions are invoked when initiating signals are received from an attached system unit or installed graphic adapter card that also uses the VESA Display Power Management Signalling (DPMS) standard.

The availability of power management minimizes the energy requirements of the monitor. This can have an immediate, advantageous effect for those who need to reduce energy consumption.

Comprehensive On-Screen User Controls

The microprocessor-based OSD combined with the digital controls lets you fully control:

o Picture position, size, shape, and alignment
o Digital brightness and contrast
o Selectable color points (9300 K, 6500 K), 5000 K
o Color tint control
o Picture tilt and moire effects
o Degauss

The controls, set on the front bezel, are easy to operate, and incorporate icons that identify the controls and their operation. In conjunction with the built-in display mode presets, a reset control lets you revert to the factory default setting for the current mode. When you customize the current mode settings of the monitor, changes are saved automatically.

Ergonomic Features

This monitor has the following ergonomic features:

o Optimal flicker-free viewing of 1024 x 768 pels at up to 85 Hz
o Flat screen for minimal glare and distortion
o VESA DDC capability to automatically select the optimum display modes when attached to a DDC-enabled system
o Anti-reflective screen treatments to minimize glare without sacrificing picture sharpness
o Compliance with the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) 9241 Part 3 for front-of-screen ergonomics when forming part of an ISO-compliant system
o Compliance with SWEDAC MPR-II Guidelines for low-electric, magnetic, and electrostatic emissions

TCO '99

The stealth black ThinkVision monitor meets the Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees (TCO) TCO '99 Environmental label. TCO '99 is a set of requirements developed by the TCO that addresses the following areas (some example requirements are listed):

o Environmentally conscious manufacture:
- Certain chemicals are banned from both the product and/or its manufacturing process.
- Large plastic parts must be made of only one polymer, and marked to aid recycling.
- No plastic parts must be given a metallized coating.
- The manufacturer must be certified to ISO 14001, and must have a company environmental policy.


HelpWare is a comprehensive set of service and support offerings for a more productive and enjoyable computing experience included with the purchase of your IBM PC. Additional services are available from the HelpWare Support Family.

For detailed information on HelpWare, refer to Services Announcement 694-029 , dated October 17, 1994, or call the HelpCenter® at 800-772-2227.

Warranty Information

For a copy of applicable product warranties, write to:

Warranty Information
P.O. Box 12195
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Attn: Dept JDJA/B203

IBM makes no representation or warranty regarding third-party products or services.

Telephone support may be subject to additional charges, even during the limited warranty period. For IBM machines with on-site labor, IBM will attempt to diagnose and resolve the problem remotely before sending a technician. For IBM machines with EasyServ service, IBM will attempt to diagnose and resolve the problem remotely before sending a courier.

All offers are subject to availability. IBM reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice. IBM is not responsible for photographic or typographic errors.

Monitor Characteristics

o CRT type: Flat screen
o CRT size (nominal): 17 inch
o Viewable image size : 406.4 mm (16 inch)
o Diagonal dot pitch (mm): 0.25
o Horizontal dot pitch (mm): 0.22
o Mask pitch (mm): 0.25
o Maximum viewable area (mm): 325 x 244
o Anti-reflective: Yes
o Anti-static: Yes
o Borderless operation: Yes
o Multifrequency operation: Yes
o ID bits: 2
o VESA DDC capable: 2B
o Horizontal frequency (kHz): 30 to 85
o Vertical frequency (Hz): 50 to 160
o Clock rate (Mpels/sec): 135
o Maximum flicker-free mode: 1280 x 1024
o Maximum addressability (Rec): 1600 x 1200
o User controls: Digital
o On screen display: Yes
o Factory-presets/User settings: 1 preset/8 preloaded/9 user
o ISO 9241/3 capable: Yes
o VESA DPMS power management: Yes
o MPR-II Emission compliance: Yes
o TCO '99 Environmental label: Yes
o Video connector: 15-pin D

2 In order to present 1010 ID Bits at the monitor interface, the DDC operation of these monitors must be disabled.

Tilt-Swivel Stand Characteristics

o Tilt: horizontal +45°/-45°
o Swivel: vertical +10°/-4°

Operating Controls

Digital user controls are located on the front bezel.

o Contrast
o Brightness
o OSD menu
o Geometry reset
o Height
o Width
o Horizontal centering
o Vertical centering
o Pincushion
o Pincushion balance
o Trapezoid
o Parallelogram
o Tilt (rotation)
o Manual degauss
o Color point adjustment
o R, G, B Control
o Selectable color points (5000K, 6500K, and 9300K)
o Color point recall
o Moire control level
o Language select
o OSD key auto repeat rate
o Video level .7V or 1.0V

A power on/off pushbutton is located at the bottom right of the bezel. The monitors are automatically degaussed whenever they are switched on. In addition, users can perform a degauss operation during use to improve image color purity using the degauss function in the OSD menu.

Power Indicator Operating State

LED=Green Normal Operation
LED=Amber DPMS Active Off State
LED=Amber + ISD Out of range message

Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act

The ThinkVision C170 monitor is capable, when used in accordance with associated IBM documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it.

Product Positioning

o Available in stealth black
o Full flat shadow mask technology (ThinkVision C170 and C190)
o TCO '99


ThinkVision is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.

ThinkVantage, HelpWare, and HelpCenter are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.

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