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IBM Notebooks Prepare for Fall

Techstination feature for Monday, October 13, 2003

IBM notebooks prepare for fall. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. They are the latest notebook PCs from IBM ... .but the fall they are ready for... isn't the season. The new ThinkPad R50 and T41 models use new technology to protect data when they are dropped. Marketing manager Tom Ribble...

"It essentially is a technology that helps protect your valuable data on the hard disk from excessive shock. There is a hardware and a software piece of the technology. There's a sensor on the motherboard that detects excessive motion or acceleration and once the acceleration is over a certain threshold, it will park the hard disk drive allowing the system to absorb the shock."

It is a different approach than Panasonic has taken with its ruggedized Toughbook line of notebook PCs. The technology works in a fraction of a second...

Say you're sitting in an airport and you've got the laptop sitting on your lap and you reach for something and the system is about to fall off and hit the ground. The system will detect the motion and the acceleration of the computer and before it even leaves your lap, it's going to park the hard drive."

Even if the screen or other components break during the fall, IBM says your hard drive with its valuable data should be safe. Pricing for the notebooks starts at about 16 hundred dollars. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.