The PCI-bus based 365 line will use 100- and 133-MHz Pentium processors for the first time but maintain pricing comparable that of the current, slower 486 DX4-based 365s. The new 365 models, which start as low as $2,000, will carry a Pentium 100- or 120-MHz processor or a Cyrix-designed 5x86 Pentium-class processor.
Moreover, the updated IBM lines boast a number of performance-boosting firsts for the ThinkPad line including a PCI bus and support for 32-bit PC Card technology.
The 365s also include 10.4- or 11.3-inch color LCD screens, integrated quad-speed CD-ROM drives, and hard disk drive (HDD) capacities ranging up to 1.08GB.
The refresh of the ThinkPad 760 line uses Intel's fastest 133-MHz Mobile Pentium processor but are priced unusually low for 760s; some models will be tagged at $3,400. These systems also pack a PCI bus.
The 760s feature:
--bays that accommodate swappable devices including a quad-speed CD-ROM
drive, floppy disk drive, lithium-ion battery, and a 1.2 GB hard disk drive.
--PCI docking stations.
--PC Card slots that support 32-bit CardBus technology.
--active-matrix LCDs up to 12.1 inches in size, equivalent to a 15-inch CRT monitor.
--support for MPEG 2 video playback.
Some models come with a 120-MHz Pentium processor. Both the 365s and 760s can come pre-installed with Windows 95 or OS/2 Warp, IBM said.