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Wednesday, May 31, 2006
New Toshiba Tecra M6 Combines Exceptional Performance and Mobility


Toshiba's Digital Products Division, a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the Tecra M6 notebook computer.

Toshiba's newest business-class notebook delivers the power and performance of a desktop replacement in a compact 4.1-pound notebook computer. Integrating the latest Intel(R) Centrino(R) Mobile Technology -- including select models featuring dual core processors -- Toshiba's Tecra M6 is equipped to handle today's intensive business and multimedia applications. Measuring 11.8-inches wide by 8.9-inches deep, the Tecra M6 is approximately the same size as popular magazines, making this highly mobile solution the ideal companion notebook computer. With up to five hours of battery life and a full suite of connectivity options, mobile professionals and students can take the Tecra M6 with them to use anywhere they go.

The Tecra M6 features a 12.1-inch diagonal wide aspect TruBrite(R) display for the cinematic picture quality of a standard, high-definition monitor. In addition, the notebook features an integrated DVD SuperMulti drive as part of the standard configuration. The coupling of these technologies allows the Tecra M6 to seamlessly transform into a mobile entertainment center.

"We are confident the Tecra M6 will meet the needs of highly mobile professionals and students alike because of its unique blend of leading-edge technologies in a lightweight notebook with exceptionally long battery life," said Jeff Barney, vice president of marketing, Digital Products Division, Toshiba America Information Systems.

The Tecra M6 incorporates the exclusive EasyGuard(TM) technology, a series of hardware and software enhancements designed to boost mobile security, system and data integrity, network connectivity and overall ease-of-use. Toshiba categorizes EasyGuard technology into:

Protect & Fix

Utilizing a multi-level approach to data protection, this thin and light notebook incorporates specially made shock-absorbing materials to help safeguard critical components such as the hard drive and LCD display. Internally, the hard drive and display are housed within their own casings for better isolation against shock and impact. The sleek industrial design integrates impact bumpers on the four corners of the notebook to establish protection zones to separate internal components from the outer enclosure.

The Toshiba Hard Disk Drive Protection System helps safeguard the notebook's hard drive against possible damage resulting from accidental dropping, turbulence, impact or vibration. Through the integration of a 3D accelerometer, the Toshiba HDD Protection System detects when the Tecra M6 experiences unsafe, sudden "acceleration" in any direction. Once danger is detected, the hard drive immediately places itself into a protected mode and parks the hard drive head until the system determines it is safe to resume normal operation.

The Tecra M6 also features an enhanced spill resistant keyboard that affords users time to save work and shut down the system. If an accident should occur, this feature will help prevent the loss of data.

Secure

The Tecra M6 employs a multi-pronged approach to security in order to help defend itself against unauthorized access, data theft and virtual attacks. The root of Toshiba's security design is the Trusted Platform Module, an embedded security chipset that stores encryption keys, passwords and user credentials to ensure that data cannot be accessed or seen by anyone but an authorized user.

Further building on its security infrastructure is an integrated biometric fingerprint reader with single sign-on functionality. This added security feature associates the user's passwords for the BIOS, hard drive and operating system with one's fingerprint. By assigning passwords to three critical components of the notebook presents unauthorized users with three unique password challenges just to launch the system's operating system. Large and small businesses will appreciate the ability to implement complex password schemes to maintain the integrity of secured data and applications. On an individual basis, users can benefit from the simplicity of password management for quick and easy access to the system and data.

Connect

To simplify wired and wireless connectivity, the new Tecra M6 is outfitted with a complete suite of communication technologies, including Gigabit Ethernet, and V.92 modem and the Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection (802.11 a/b/g)(5) as part of the notebook's standard configuration. Additionally, the Tecra M6 can be configured with optional Bluetooth(R) v.2.0+EDR technology to connect with the growing number of Bluetooth(R) devices.

The Tecra M6 features proprietary technologies such as Toshiba's recently upgraded ConfigFree(R) and the company's patented Diversity Antenna. ConfigFree is Toshiba's intuitive graphic connectivity management utility created to simplify the connectivity experience when using wired and wireless Ethernet or Bluetooth(R). Toshiba's Diversity Antenna design delivers superior wireless signal reception through the integration of strategically placed Bluetooth(R) technology and dual-band Wi-Fi(R) antennas in the notebook's display.

Optimize

The fourth element, Optimize, is a series of proprietary software enhancements, enabling users to customize notebook settings for maximum system performance and battery life based on individual needs and preferences. Features include Toshiba Power Saver to maximize battery life and breeze through a meeting fully connected, Toshiba's Presentation button, a one-touch button to display the screen's image onto an LCD projector or external monitor easily and instantaneously and a wireless on/off switch enabling and disabling the integrated wireless LAN and Bluetooth(R).

More information on Toshiba's EasyGuard technology is available at www.easyguard.toshiba.com.

Toshiba's new notebook computer is now available through Toshiba Direct, mail order and the company's Reseller Partners, with prices starting at $1,059.


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