Singapore, 10 June 2004...The IBM ThinkPad notebook computer has become the first product to be named to PC World's World Class Hall of Fame.

This year, in addition to its annual World Class Awards, PC World established the World Class Hall of Fame to bestow special honor on products that have “consistently exhibited world class qualities over many years.” The editors of PC World recognised the IBM ThinkPad because it has consistently embodied innovative design, excellent reliability and powerful features since its introduction in 1992.

“The ThinkPad has come a long way in 12 years, with unrivaled innovation, impeccable service and industry leading ThinkVantage Technologies,” said Koh Kong Meng, Country Manager, IBM Personal Systems Group, Singapore. “We continue to improve reliability and lower total cost of ownership, and we're very proud to receive this honor from PC World.”

In addition to the Hall of Fame recognition, IBM also received PC World’s 2004 World Class Award for the ThinkPad X40, which won in the Ultraportable Notebook category. The X40 was cited for its remarkably small size, extreme lightweight and “sprightly” performance.

IBM ThinkPad continues to deliver enhancements, innovations and solutions that shape and define the mobile computing industry. Since the launch of the ThinkPad 700C in 1992, these acclaimed notebook computers have been recognised as design and engineering models, winning more than 1,000 industry awards worldwide. For more information, see .

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