IBM today unveiled its first mini notebook for the European market, the Thinkpad 240.
The machine was one of a range of new products and technologies the company demonstrated at a press briefing in London this morning.
Weighing 1.3Kg and measuring 25mm thin, the 240 has a 300MHz mobile Intel Celeron processor, 64Mbyte Sdram and a 6.4Gb upgradeable hard disk drive.
It is priced at around £1,495.
At the same time, the company also demonstrated its embedded security chip, which will be featured in IBM's PC 300 PL desktop range. The company plans to include the chip across all its products in the near future and is hoping the chip will eventually be adopted as an industry standard.
The embedded security chip is a cryptographic microprocessor that supports functions such as key encryption for privacy and digital signatures for authentication or user identification. The chip is embedded on the system board and adds no extra cost to the PC, IBM executives said.
Phil Hester, chief technology officer at IBM commented: "Businesses can now confidently provide authorised users with access to information and roll out new applications in a secure way, without compromising user privacy," he said.
"E-business transactions depend on trust, and these solutions are designed to reinforce it."
IBM also launched a new line of Thinkpad I Series notebooks aimed at home and small business users.
The I series includes enhanced multimedia capabilities, including a home TV DVD movie player and features optional "clip on" colour covers in a choice of colours. Users can decide from seven different colour schemes including Mars red metallic, Andromeda green and Polaris blue.
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