IBM took the wraps off two new notebooks today, the ThinkPad R50p and the ThinkPad T41p are designed to push the limit on Intel’s Pentium M processor and the ATI Technologies graphics card.
The new notebooks use ATI’s Mobility FireGL T2 graphics card, which comes with 128MB of video memory. When combined with the 1600-by-1200 UXGA display on the R50p or the 1400-by-1050 SXGA+ display on the T41p, users can create three-dimensional product blueprints or could show potential customers detailed project plans.
These new models, which are available now, are built on the same chassis as the other R series and T series notebooks, but offer a number of features designed to improve the experience of mobile professionals.
The R50p comes with a 1.7-GHz Pentium M processor, 512MB of 333-MHz PC2700 DDR SDRAM, a 60GB hard drive, and a CD-RW/DVD-RW drive for a starting price of $3799. The T41p comes with the same specifications except for its CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive and has a starting price of $3449.
Given the high prices, IBM is obviously not targeting the two notebooks at average consumers but rather at engineers, industrial product developers, and other workers who need a combination of high performance and mobility in a mobile and rugged package. Using specialized software such as CAD/CAM applications that are generally certified only for high performance machines will run well on these new IBM ThinkPad models
More information and a 3D tour of the T41p and R50p notebooks can be viewed on IBM.com by using the following link: http://www.pc.ibm.com/us/thinkpad/tp_workstation/index.html