Fujitsu PC Corporation Debuts Full-Featured 'Thin and Light’ Notebook Among First
to Offer Flexible Bay, DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive
SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 14, 2001 Fujitsu PC Corporation (FPC), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702), is now shipping its new “thin and
light” LifeBook S Series notebook targeted at mobile professionals
requiring a lightweight and high-performance computing solution.
With an ultra-compact form factor measuring just
11.34 inches wide by 8.92 inches deep by 1.3 inches high and weighing under
four pounds, the LifeBook S Series is one of the few thin and light two-spindle
notebooks with a built-in flexible bay available on the market today.This compact flexible bay, found exclusively
in FPC’s LifeBook S Series, allows users to swap bay devices to change
configurations on the go.
In addition, FPC is one of
the first manufacturers to offer a modular
DVD/CD-RW combo drive specifically designed for the flexible bay. This optical drive option gives the user the
ability to watch DVD movies or store data by burning CDs.
FPC’s customers also can
select a CD-ROM, DVD, CD-RW drive or second bay battery to fit into the
flexible bay, instead of the combo drive. Mobile professionals requiring prolonged battery life can extend battery
life up to eight hours1 using both the main and second batteries.
The LifeBook S Series is available in two recommended configurations.
It can also be customized for users requiring a tailored mobile
computing solution by utilizing FPC’s Configure To Order (CTO) program. The notebook is available through FPC’s
retail and reseller channels2 as well as at www.fujitsupc.com or 1-877-372-3473. Pricing starts at $2,399.
Both the recommended and
customizable models feature a low-voltage, mobile Pentium® III
750MHz processor with Intel® SpeedStep technology. This advanced processor incorporating
SpeedStep technology allows the LifeBook S Series to easily manage today’s most
intensive applications without draining battery life.
In addition to the new processor, the “thin and
light” notebook can be ordered with a 30GB or 20GB hard drive standard. This increased storage capacity affords the
mobile professional the ability to store large presentations and other
miscellaneous items on the notebook’s local drives without the need to access a
central server while on the road.
The LifeBook S Series comes standard with 12.1 inch
XGA TFT display for easy viewing, a large and comfortable keyboard for accurate
data entry, a touchpad with scroll button for easy Internet browsing and a port
replicator that further expands the number of ports offered the user.
An expanded selection of connectivity services
includes a new integrated V.90 56K3 modem and IEEE 1394 connection
with S-Video out combo port. The other
connectivity option is an integrated modem and 10/100 base-Tx Ethernet combo
port. Both options allow for communication in any type of environment. The notebook also features one Type I or Type II PC Card slot, making
the LifeBook S Series “wireless ready” with the assistance of a third-party
wireless PC Card modem.
FPC will continue to integrate a built-in Smart Card Reader4 and a pre-boot data Security
Panel as a theft deterrent into select notebooks, including the new LifeBook S
Series. The pre-boot data security
panel supplies more than 800,000 possible passwords to ensure the proper user’s
data will be safe and secure. The
built-in Smart Card Reader provides users a range of applications, such as
secured online transactions, personalized authentication services, access to
personal data and “e-cash” storage options. FPC’s Smart Card Reader needs to be complemented by an optional Smart
Card Holder and third-party software to process data.
The LifeBook S Series is available with either
Microsoft ® Windows® 98 Second Edition or Windows 2000
“Recognized as an innovative and cutting-edge mobile computing solution, our
LifeBook S Series continues to push the envelope in the ‘thin and light’ market,”
said Sara Nelson, FPC’s vice president of marketing. "With adoption of
high-speed processors, massive hard drives, inventive connectivity options and
a flexible bay, we feel mobile users will find the latest version of the LifeBook
delivers an unprecedented level of computing functionality."
Service and Support
The LifeBook S Series is the
first to incorporate the Fujitsu Service Assistant, a Web-based diagnostic and
resolution application preloaded on the system. The Fujitsu Service Assistant provides support solutions to the
most common problems that may be experienced with just a simple click of the
mouse. It was designed to increase customer satisfaction by delivering
faster, more effective service, thus avoiding user frustrations usually
associated with slower, non-technology-based service programs.
All of FPC’s LifeBook
notebooks are backed by a one-year International Limited Warranty for U.S. and
Canadian customers. The warranty
includes technical support, 24 hours a day, seven days a week5. In addition, users can add First Cabin(SM) service and support
options, including service upgrades that provide priority service and reduced
downtime or a screen protection plan.
About Fujitsu PC Corporation
Fujitsu PC Corporation (FPC) is a wholly-owned subsidiary
of Fujitsu Limited, a leading provider of Internet-based information technology
solutions for the global marketplace. FPC delivers high-performance mobile computing solutions for the North
American market, including a wide range of notebook computers and pen tablet
computers. FPC emphasizes leading-edge
technology, exceptional product quality, user comfort and productivity and
outstanding customer service as primary competitive advantages.The company is headquartered in Santa Clara,
Calif. More information on Fujitsu PC
Corporation’s pen tablet and notebook computers is available at
www.fujitsupc.com or 1-877-372-3473.
About Fujitsu Limited
Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) is a
leading provider of Internet-focused information technology solutions for the
global marketplace. Its pace-setting
technologies, best-in-class computing and telecommunications platforms, and
worldwide corps of systems and services experts make it uniquely positioned to
unleash the infinite possibilities of the Internet to help its customers
succeed. More information is available
Fujitsu and the
Fujitsu logo are registered trademarks and LifeBook is a trademark of Fujitsu
Limited. First Cabin is a servicemark
of Fujitsu PC Corporation. Microsoft
and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Intel and Pentium are registered trademarks
and SpeedStep is a trademark of Intel Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their
respective owners. The statements
provided herein are for informational purposes only and may be amended or
altered by FPC without notice or liability. FPC disclaims liability for any inaccuracies, errors or omissions in
this press release. Copyright 2001
Fujitsu PC Corporation. All rights
life estimates reflect the results of the Ziff Davis BatteryMark test (Ver.
4.0) as performed upon systems with maximum battery life settings enabled.
Actual battery life will vary based on screen brightness, applications used,
features selected, power management settings, battery conditioning, and other
customer preferences. CD, DVD, CD-RW, or hard drive usage may also have an
impact on battery life.
2Certain retailers will only
offer select models.
speeds over U.S. telephone lines vary and are less than 56Kbps due to the
current FCC regulations and line conditions.
4Smart Card Reader requires the optional Smart Card holder
and third party software to process data.
5Service and warranty repairs turnaround time may vary by
country and product. Around-the-clock technical support.