IBM PCs add Bluetooth plus 802.11b Ethernet

IBM PCs add Bluetooth plus 802.11b Ethernet

New IBM Corp. NetVista and ThinkPad PCs have an embedded security subsystem that automatically encrypts files, e-mail and user keys but can be turned off if unneeded.

The notebook systems also have built-in IEEE 802.11b wireless Ethernet, and the redesigned ThinkPad A30p has Bluetooth short-range networking.

Jon Judge, general manager of the IBM personal computing division, said a new service called ImageUltra can combine all of an organization's applications and device drivers into one preinstalled superimage, so that no individual software loading is necessary.

'Each user selects the desired configuration at first boot-up,' Judge said. The unused portions of the superimage automatically disappear. Device drivers are separated from the system image because they change frequently. The ImageUltra service costs about $50,000 for 1,000 users plus a loading fee per PC.

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