Fujitsu Unveils World's Smallest, Full-Featured Notebook Starting at $1,499
LifeBook® P Series' Unique Blend of Computing Power, Compact Size, Extended Battery Life and Entertainment Options for Widespread Appeal
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - October 22, 2001 - Fujitsu PC Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702), today announced the release of its newest addition to the LifeBook family-the LifeBook® P Series.
Ideal for work and play, the LifeBook P Series is the world's smallest and lightest two-spindle notebook. Weighing less than 3.5 pounds, the notebook can house either a modular DVD/CD-RW combo drive or a second battery for up to 14.5 hours1 of battery life.
With its ultra-compact form factor, high-performance processing power and entertainment functionality, the LifeBook P Series creates a mobile solution perfect for business professionals, commuters, students and technology enthusiasts. The integration of the modular DVD/CD-RW combo drive enhances the LifeBook P Series' ability to function as a full-fledged multimedia solution. Users can burn CDs and watch DVDs virtually anywhere due to its compact form factor measuring 10.6 inches wide by 7 inches deep by 1.59 inches high.
With its modular bay and standard battery installed, the notebook weighs approximately 3.4 pounds. End-users can further reduce their burden by utilizing the notebook's weight-saver, bringing the weight down to 2.8 pounds. A second battery can be inserted into the bay to offer a full workday of battery powered computing productivity.
"The LifeBook P Series is one of the most highly anticipated mobile computing solutions developed by Fujitsu and represents one of several 'firsts' for the company and industry," said Sara Nelson, vice president of marketing for Fujitsu PC Corporation.
"We recognized the acceptance of its predecessor notebook in the Japanese and Asia/Pacific markets and are confident the LifeBook P Series will succeed here in the U.S.," said Nelson. The Japanese version of the LifeBook P Series received several industry awards and accolades including being named the Best of Show winner by CNET/PC EXPO during PC EXPO 2001.
The LifeBook P Series is also the first notebook offered by Fujitsu in the U.S. to feature the Crusoe™ processor from Transmeta Corporation (NASDAQ: TMTA). The notebook houses Transmeta's 800MHz Crusoe TM5800 Series processor specifically designed to save energy while still providing full processing power in battery-mode. The notebook is powered by one main or high capacity main Lithium ion battery delivering up to 7 hours of battery life1. Users requiring extended battery life can install an optional second bay battery for dual battery usage and increase the notebook's computing time up to 14.5 hours1.
The two-spindle design features a 20GB hard drive2, 128MB SDRAM3, ATI® RAGE™ Mobility-M video controller with 4MB integrated video memory, and comes with an external USB floppy drive standard.
The LifeBook P Series includes a 10.6-inch Wide SXGA TFT display providing a 15:9 aspect ratio for letterbox look and 5:1 surround sound quality via the bundling of Dolby® Headphone™ software, further enhancing the computer's entertainment value.
Its unique blend of advanced entertainment features and prolonged battery life allows travelers to enjoy some of the longest DVD titles in one sitting. For those at work or at home, the LifeBook P Series can be connected to an external monitor using a mini VGA cable which comes standard.
"This latest notebook offering from Fujitsu, one of the leading mobile computing companies, expands our relationship that was initiated in Japan last year," said Jim Chapman, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Transmeta Corporation. "Our Crusoe processor offers long battery life, reduced heat for fanless operation and high performance for ultra-lightweight form factors, such as the LifeBook P Series, and enhances the overall computing experience for end-users."
The LifeBook P Series is available with either Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition or Windows 2000 Professional pre-installed to provide users with a choice of operating systems that best fits their individual computing requirements. Microsoft's XP Home Edition is scheduled to ship near the end of October.
Connectivity for a notebook of this size is a priority. Therefore, the LifeBook P Series includes a built-in 56K4 V.90 modem and an integrated 10/100 base-Tx Ethernet standard to allow communications in any type of environment. Another part of the notebook's standard configuration is an IEEE 1394 port for ultra-fast digital video and data transfer.
Fujitsu's innovative mobile solution will ship in mid-November with an estimated street price starting at $1,4995 and is sold through the company's retail and reseller channels6 as well as at www.fujitsupc.com or 1-877-FPC-DIRECT. The LifeBook P Series is also available via Fujitsu's Configure To Order (CTO) program.
Service and Support
Fujitsu's LifeBook P Series incorporates the Fujitsu Service Assistant, a Web-based diagnostic and resolution application. The Fujitsu Service Assistant provides support solutions to the most common problems that may be experienced with just a simple click of the mouse. The diagnostic program is designed to increase customer satisfaction by delivering faster, more effective service, thus avoiding user frustrations usually associated with slower, non-technology-based service programs.
The LifeBook P Series is backed by a one-year International Limited Warranty for U.S. and Canadian customers. The warranty includes technical support, 24 hours a day, seven days a week7. In addition, users can add Fujitsu Premium Care Service Plans, which include an on-site service plan or a screen protection plan.
About Fujitsu PC Corporation
Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., Fujitsu PC Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited, a leading provider of Internet-focused information technology solutions for the global marketplace. Fujitsu PC Corporation delivers high-performance mobile computing solutions for the North American market, including a wide range of LifeBook notebooks and Stylistic® pen tablet PCs. Fujitsu PC Corporation emphasizes leading-edge technology, exceptional product quality, user comfort and productivity and outstanding customer service as primary competitive advantages. More information on Fujitsu PC Corporation's LifeBook notebooks and Stylistic pen tablet PCs is available at www.fujitsupc.com or 1-877-FPC-DIRECT.