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    IRVINE, Calif., (June 27, 2006) — Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the first Satellite ultra-portable and ultra-durable notebooks for consumers.

    The two Satellite U205 Series notebooks are thin and light at 1.34-inches slim and starting at 4.1 pounds. Featuring Toshiba’s exclusive LifeSmart Technology™, a rich cushion of hardware and software enhancements for personal notebooks that increase security, stability, performance, wireless connectivity and overall ease-of-use, the notebook series includes shock-absorbing technologies to protect the hard drive, a spill-resistant keyboard, and fingerprint security.
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    Featuring a 12.1-inch diagonal widescreen TruBrite™ LCD display, the Satellite U205-S5002 and Satellite U205-S5022 offer the Intel®® Core™™ Duo Processor5 T2300E and Intel® Core™ Duo Processor T2400 respectively to boost multimedia performance. The inclusion of the latest in Intel® Centrino® Mobile Technology enhances overall system performance from graphics to wireless capabilities while reducing power consumption. Both notebooks include the Microsoft Windows XP Professional operating system.

    Other features found in the Satellite U205 notebook line include:
    • a DVD SuperMulti Double Layer drive that reads and writes in up to 11 formats that can nearly double a recordable DVD’s storage capacity for photo, music and video files in either DVD+R or DVD-R double layer formats;
    • high-capacity 5400 rpm Serial-ATA (SATA) hard drive for faster access to stored files;
    • 1024MB DDR2 533 MHz SDRAM memory for better performance of productivity applications and music, picture and video multimedia files;
    • 5-in-1 bridge media adapter for easy file sharing and download;
    • Toshiba Express Media Player that lets users instantly access DVDs or CDs with the push of a button on the PC chassis without having to boot the Windows operating system.
    “Students on-the-go and small business professionals will find the advanced security and durability features a big plus when toting this ultra-portable notebook computer from class to class or to a business meeting,” said Jeff Barney, vice president of marketing for Toshiba’s Digital Products Division.

    “The light weight and sleek design of the Satellite U205 Series notebooks along with the LifeSmart Technology elements make these notebooks ready for the ‘rough and tumble’ activities of the mobile life.”

    “Notebook PCs are the fastest growing PC segment and in this segment the 12.1-inch wide products are the most exciting,” said Rob Enderle, president, the Enderle Group. “The experienced buyers of these ultra-light new products are increasingly demanding more durability, performance and security.” Toshiba’s exclusive LifeSmart Technology consists of four elements with the following feature highlights:

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    • shock-absorbing materials to help safeguard critical components such as the hard drive and LCD display;
    • the Toshiba Hard Disk Drive Protection System to help safeguard the thin and light notebook hard drive against possible damage resulting from accidental dropping, turbulence, impact or vibration;
    • spill-resistant keyboard4 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;

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      • integrated biometric fingerprint reader with single sign-on functionality;
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      • a complete suite of communication technologies, including modem, LAN and the Intel® PRO/Wireless8 3945ABG Network Connection (802.11 a/b/g);
      • proprietary technologies such as Toshiba’s recently upgraded ConfigFree®, a graphic connectivity management utility, and the company’s patented Diversity Antenna, designed to deliver superior, wireless signal reception through the dual-band Wi-Fi® antennas in the notebook’s display.
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      • proprietary Toshiba Power Saver that maximizes battery life;
      • Toshiba’s Presentation button, a one-touch button to display the screen’s image onto an LCD projector or external monitor easily;
      • and wireless on/off switch, enabling and disabling the integrated wireless8 LAN (Wi-Fi).
      The Satellite U205-S5002 includes a 100GB hard drive6 for an estimated single unit price (ESUP) of $1,199. The Satellite U205-S5022 features a 120GB hard drive6 for a ESUP of $1,349.

      The Satellite U205 series notebooks also include three USB 2.0, iLINK™ IEEE 1394, RGB output, RJ-11 modem, RJ-45 LAN, headphone and microphone ports.

      The Satellite U205 series notebooks come with a standard one-year limited warranty. The standard limited warranty includes carry-in support at Authorized Service Providers throughout the country, or the customer may use any of the more than 3,000 UPS Stores for packaging and delivery of the product to a centralized depot for prompt service turnaround. Customers can also choose to upgrade the notebook’s service plans, including up to four years of extended service plans.

      Included Microsoft Office OneNote™ 2003 software enables users to better capture, organize, find and share notes gathered from e-mail, meetings, presentations, classes, the Web and other sources. OneNote captures virtually any type of information — ranging from typed notes to audio — in a single convenient place.

      Source: Toshiba

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