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Lenovo Puts Power and Performance Courtside with New ThinkStation Brand

   

NEW YORK - November 6, 2007 - Lenovo today showcased its powerful new entry into the workstation PC market with the launch of the ThinkStation brand. Unveiled in cooperation with the NBA at the NBA Store, ThinkStation marks more than ten years since a major PC vendor has entered the workstation market[1].

As the first new Think brand introduced in five years, the ThinkStation S10 and D10 workstations are designed to offer Lenovo's highest performance and reliability for professionals in the most demanding data and graphics-intensive environments, such as computer-aided design/engineering, digital content creation, oil and gas exploration and electronic design automation.

The workstations are based on the upcoming Quad-Core Intel(r) Xeon(r) processor 5400 series and Intel(r) Core(tm)2 Extreme processors, the first processors based on new 45-nanometer technology that nearly doubles the density of transistors on the chips for new levels of energy-efficient performance.

Two organizations highly dependent upon using the latest technologies, the AT&T Williams Formula One team and the NBA, are evaluating the workstations for integration into their operations.

"Since October 2006, we've depended on Lenovo technology to run NBA operations on and off the court, including the 29 arenas across the country," said Steve Hellmuth, chief information officer, NBA. "Lenovo technology has worked flawlessly, exceeding our expectations in delivering the quality and performance our business demands. We're thrilled to see Lenovo bring its expertise to the workstation market and look forward to exploring how ThinkStation can enhance our online and on-air properties."

Workstation Designed for Maximum Performance and Usability
The dual processor ThinkStation D10 workstation will offer the fastest Quad-Core Inte(r)l Xeon(r) processor 5400 series, while the single processor ThinkStation S10 workstation will offer the latest Intel(r) Core 2 processors including the Intel(r) Core(tm) 2 Extreme processor QX9650 along with the latest graphics solutions from NVIDIA. They also come equipped with dual Gigabit Ethernet and multiple slots, bays and USB ports for expandability.

"For professional users of graphically and computationally-intensive applications who require a level of performance unattainable with a standard desktop PC, ThinkStation is Lenovo's best engineering at work," said Tom Tobul, executive director, Emerging Products Marketing. "In addition to offering Lenovo's highest performance and quality with leading-edge acoustics, the workstations also have an environmentally-responsible, user-centric design that further drives productivity."

Lenovo is collaborating with leading independent software vendors to obtain the certifications that ensure seamless hardware and software interaction. Lenovo will offer a variety of storage, graphics adapters, memory and rail kits for the workstations.

"Both Lenovo and Intel understand the challenges customers face, particularly the increased performance to handle evermore complex computational problems and visualization applications," said Pat Gelsinger, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Enterprise Group, Intel. "Lenovo and Intel combined their engineering expertise, Intel's groundbreaking processor technology and Lenovo's understanding of the client experience. The results are systems with greater efficiency, speed, memory and throughput to meet customers' needs."

Beyond the high-performance focus, Lenovo designed the workstations with the environment in mind by offering models complying with the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star(r) 4.0 requirements to help users manage energy usage and costs. The workstations feature 80 percent efficient power supplies. Additionally, they contain more than 50 percent recycled plastics content.

The workstations also incorporate usability along with their cutting-edge performance. Lenovo's user-centric design includes a removable top handle for moving the workstation easily in a variety of work environments as well as a side cover latch for easy access to the system. The workstations also include illuminated front I/O ports to help users work easily in multiple system and low light conditions. For a cool and quiet experience, Lenovo's unique thermal design provides workstation performance with the acoustics of a standard Lenovo desktop PC.

To help increase user productivity and reduce system downtime, the workstations come equipped with a range of ThinkVantage Technologies including Rescue and Recovery, Client Security System and Image Ultra Builder. These unique productivity tools help reduce the total cost of system ownership.

Pricing and Availability[2]
The ThinkStation workstations will be available starting in January through Business Partners and www.lenovo.com . Pricing for the ThinkStation S10 workstation will start at approximately $1,199 and the ThinkStation D10 workstation will start at approximately $1,739.

About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992)(ADR: LNVGY) is the world's third-largest personal computing company, with a business model built on innovation, operational efficiency and investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group's acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina, and develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure, and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. For more information, see www.lenovo.com/ca.

About the NBA
The NBA, founded in 1946, is a global sports and entertainment brand that features 30 teams in the United States and Canada. During the 2005-06 season, the NBA distributed 44,000 hours of programming to 215 countries and territories in 43 languages. The league's worldwide reach can also be seen with 82 international players on NBA rosters. Domestically, the NBA broadcasted 142 games on national television this past season on ABC, TNT, ESPN and ESPN2, and eclipsed attendance records for the third consecutive season. NBA TV, launched in 1999 as the first 24-hour television channel created and operated by a professional sports league, is distributed to 41 countries. NBA merchandise is sold in more than 100,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents, NBA.com gets more than half of its visitors from outside the United States. As fans witness tremendous performances on the court, some of the NBA's most significant efforts occur off the court. This past year, the league launched its most ambitious community outreach endeavor, NBA Cares. Over a five-year span, players and teams will raise and contribute $100 million for charity, donate more than one million hours of volunteer service to communities worldwide, and build more than 100 educational and athletic facilities where children can learn and play. For more information on the NBA, visit NBA.com.

1. Major PC vendors defined as IBM, HP, Dell and Sun.

2. Prices do not include tax or shipping and are subject to change without notice. Reseller prices may vary. Price does not include all advertised features. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice.