March 24, 1997 10:00 AM ET
Micron to take the wraps off value-line notebooks
By Mark Moore

  Micron Electronics Inc. this week will introduce its first value line of Pentium notebooks, with prices starting at $1,999.

The Micron TransPort VLX notebook line will join the direct marketer's high-end and midrange portables.

These VLX notebooks, which run Windows 95, include Intel Corp.'s 133MHz Pentium CPU with 256KB of Level 2 pipeline burst cache, an 11.3-inch dual-scan display, a 1.44GB hard drive and a flexible bay that lets users swap the CD-ROM drive with the floppy drive.

Micron will offer 12.1-inch thin-film-transistor displays for the TransPort VLX line later this year, officials from the Nampa, Idaho, company said.

The entry-level 6.2-pound TransPort VLX, priced at $1,999, comes with 16MB of Extended Data Out RAM that can be upgraded to 40MB, a 128-bit graphics accelerator, built-in stereo speakers with 16-bit stereo sound, a nickel-metal hydride battery and a floppy drive.

A second configuration, priced at $2,299, adds an eight-speed CD-ROM drive and Microsoft Corp.'s Works software preloaded, officials said.

A third model, which will be available next month, will be equipped with 24MB of RAM. Pricing for that system has not been determined, officials said.

Until this value line, Micron offered no notebooks priced at less than $2,500.

In addition, Micron is offering such options as a 2.1GB hard drive for $599, an 8MB memory upgrade for $129 and a 24MB memory upgrade for $379.

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