IBM PS/2 Communications Cartridge I Announcement Letter

Announcement Letter Number 191-204 dated October 17, 1991
US - Last Revised on October 17, 1991

Brief Description of Announcement, Charges, and Availability

The Personal System/2 (PS/2 ) Communication Cartridge I (3541) is an expansion unit for use on IBM's PS/2 Model L40 SX. The PS/2 Communications Cartridge I is a one slot (half-size card) unit that supports connectivity to host or LAN networks by using the IBM Token-Ring, 3270 or the 5250 adapter cards.

The PS/2 Communications Cartridge I is designed to give mobile professionals connectivity capability for their portable system in the office.

Planned Availability Date:  January 31, 1992.

Registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.

Customer Letter Section

HIGHLIGHTS

DESCRIPTION

USER PRODUCTIVITY

The PS/2 Communications Cartridge I is a convenient way for students and professionals who may wish to use their laptop/notebook system to connect to hosts and LANs, as well as maintaining the flexibility of using the laptop/notebook system in mobile environments. Timely electronic capture of data at its source, and immediate access to information in the work place, improves users' productivity, and adds quality and value to the products and services they provide.

INVESTMENT PROTECTION

The PS/2 Communications Cartridge I will protect the customer's investment in a laptop/notebook system by improving the communications capabilities of the system. The PS/2 Communications Cartridge I will also enhance the buying decisions for laptop/notebook systems because of the importance of easily, quickly, accurately, and inexpensively exchanging portable files with host and network files.

BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

The PS/2 Communications Cartridge I enhances the customer's business solutions by allowing the daily, fast, accurate exchange of data between employees and hosts and/or LANs. Improved flexibility to use the portable in home/office as well as mobile environments.

SYSTEM MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL

The PS/2 Communications Cartridge I will allow effective system management and control through the simple, fast backup/restore access to backup devices residing on host and LAN facilities.

PRODUCT POSITIONING

The PS/2 Communications Cartridge I fulfills the Statement of Direction stated in Product Announcement 191-030, dated March 26, 1991, for the IBM PS/2 Model L40 SX. Connectivity support is provided by supporting one half-size card slot for IBM Token-Ring, 5250, or 3270 connectivity.

PUBLICATIONS

The following publications are shipped with the system unit:

                                                       ORDER
TITLE NUMBER
Installation and Operating Instructions S10G-5990
Quick Reference Diskette (for L40 SX only) S10G-5991

The Hardware Maintenance Library (S10G-5994, 10G5994) publications will be available January 31, 1992.

The Hardware Maintenance Library publications are for service personnel and detail many aspects of maintaining the machine. The publications include a parts catalog, the reference diskette containing advanced diagnostics, and instructions for identifying the failing field replaceable unit.

The reference publications are for programmers, engineers and others who want to understand the PS/2 Communications Cartridge I unit in greater detail. The publications include functional specifications, hardware specifications and pinout for connectors.

Publications may be ordered from an IBM Authorized Dealer, an IBM representative or through the Technical Directory. Also, publications are available through the IBM Software/Publications Hotline at 1-800-327-5711. A complete listing of IBM Personal System/2 and IBM Personal Computer hardware publications is available by calling the Technical Directory at 1-800-IBM-PCTB (426-7282).

SCHEDULE

The planned availability date is January 31, 1992.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

SPECIFIED OPERATING ENVIRONMENT

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

OPERATING ENVIRONMENT

AGENCY APPROVALS

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PROGRAMMING REQUIREMENTS:  The following operating systems support the IBM PS/2 Model L40 SX:

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PLANNING INFORMATION

CABLE ORDERS:  All cables are included with the IBM PS/2 Communications Cartridge I.

INSTALLABILITY:  By following the setup instructions, the user attaches the cable. Power is then turned on. After the computer has successfully completed its initial self-tests, the user inserts the PS/2 Communication Cartridge I Reference Diskette. A utility program on the Reference Diskette is then run to establish the Communications Cartridge environment. Installation time should take approximately 10 minutes.

PROBLEM DETERMINATION:  Operating instructions and diagnostic procedures which are included with the supported adapters (IBM Token-Ring, 3270 and 5250), assist the customer in isolating any defective machine element.

PACKAGING:  Each PS/2 Communications Cartridge I ships from the plant in a single carton.

The model and part number for the U.S. is:

Each carton contains:

SECURITY, AUDITABILITY AND CONTROL

User management is responsible for evaluation, selection and implementation of security features, administrative procedures and appropriate controls in application systems and communications facilities.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

VOLUME DISCOUNT: Volume purchasing is available under the Volume Discounts section of the IBM Customer Agreement (ICA).

The PS/2 Communications Cartridge I is included in Category B, Discount Group 1 of the Volume Discount Exhibit -- Workstation and Related I/O (WKSN). Customers with existing volume discount commitments in Category A of the exhibit may order the PS/2 Communications Cartridge I as additional quantities to, or as direct substitutes for, any other machines in the same category subject to availability.

NOTE: The PS/2 Communications Cartridge I may not be offered for a discount greater than 20%.

For further information regarding volume orders, contact your IBM marketing representative.

IBM CREDIT CORPORATION FINANCING: Term leases and installment payment plans are available for commercial and state and local government customers.

CUSTOMER FULFILLMENT OPTION APPLIES: Yes.
WARRANTY PERIOD: One year.
WARRANTY SERVICE: Customer Carry-In Repair (CCR).
WARRANTY OPTION: IBM On-Site Repair (IOR).

The IBM On-Site Repair (IOR) warranty service alternative is not available as an International Hardware Service Offering.

SERVICE/MAINTENANCE AFTER WARRANTY: IBM On-Site Repair (IOR).

IBM HOURLY SERVICE RATE CLASSIFICATION: One.

IBM warranty service, maintenance service or IBM hourly service may be obtained by calling 1-800-IBM-SERV (426-7378). IBM hourly service is available at the applicable rate and terms, including element exchange price if applicable.

VOLUME MAINTENANCE OPTION: The PS/2 Communications Cartridge I is an eligible machine and a qualifying machine for the Volume Maintenance Option of the ICA. A revised exhibit will be available at a later date.

MID-RANGE SYSTEM OPTION: The PS/2 Communications Cartridge I is an eligible machine for the Mid-Range System Option of the ICA. A revised exhibit will be available at a later date.

ELIGIBLE                          DISCOUNT
TYPE                     THREE YEAR      FIVE YEAR
3541                        17%             22%

CORPORATE SERVICE OPTION:  The PS/2 Communications Cartridge I is an eligible machine for the Corporate Service Option of the ICA.  A revised exhibit will be available at a later date.

                                  DISCOUNT
                         THREE YEAR      FIVE YEAR
Network                     25%             30%
System                      17%             22%

EXTENDED MAINTENANCE OPTION: The PS/2 Communications Cartridge I is an eligible machine for the Extended Maintenance Option of the ICA. A revised exhibit will be available at a later date.

CENTRAL FACILITY MAINTENANCE SERVICE OPTION: The PS/2 Communications Cartridge I is an eligible machine for Central Facility Maintenance Service Option of the ICA. A revised exhibit will be available at a later date.

The minimum number of machines required to be at the central facility before requesting maintenance service is six machines. The Additional Maintenance Charge Factor is currently 0.5 hours. The terms and conditions are stated in the Attachment for Central Facility Maintenance Service Option.

PRODUCT AVAILABILITY STATUS: New product available.

FIELD INSTALLABLE FEATURES/MODEL CONVERSIONS: Yes.

CUSTOMER SETUP: Yes.

LICENSED INTERNAL CODE: No.

IBM EDUCATION ORDER CENTER: This product is available for ordering through the IBM Education Order Center. Please note that availability through the Education Order Center may not coincide with the product availability dates noted in other sections of this document.

The IBM Education Order Center is the order processing location for selected personal computers and related hardware/software for eligible education end users. Eligible end users are defined as faculty and staff members of qualified kindergarten through twelfth grade education institutions and students, faculty and staff members of higher education institutions which have an education product coordinator.

NATIONAL EDUCATION PRICE (NEP): A National Education Price is available under the terms and conditions of the National Education Price Exhibit. The NEP price which represents a 33% discount from the single unit purchase price, is not subject to any further discount or allowance. The machine in this announcement is included in the National Education Price Exhibit.

CHARGES

PRODUCT CHARGES

                     PART       MACHINE    MODEL       PURCHASE
DESCRIPTION NUMBER TYPE NUMBER PRICE
PS/2
Communication
Cartridge I 3541001 3541 001 $ 595

ALTERNATIVE AND MAINTENANCE SERVICE CHARGES

ALTERNATIVE SERVICE CHARGES:

      IBM
ON-SITE REPAIR
(IOR)
$ 17

ANNUAL MINIMUM MAINTENANCE CHARGES:

      IBM                       CENTRAL FACILITY
ON-SITE REPAIR MAINTENANCE SERVICE
(IOR) (CFMS)
$ 100 $ 95

LIST OF SUPPORTED PRODUCTS

The PS/2 Communications Cartridge I is designed to be compatible with the following peripheral products that run on other PS/2 systems. Other peripherals may also work, but have not been tested by IBM.

ADAPTER CARDS SUPPORTED
PART FEATURE
DESCRIPTION NUMBER NUMBER
IBM Token-Ring 25F7367 7367
3270 53F6425 5050
5250 49F5618 5618

IBM PS/2 COMMUNICATIONS CARTRIDGE I SOFTWARE COMPATIBILITY

IBM SOFTWARE:  The following IBM software products are designed to be compatible with the PS/2 Communication Cartridge I and will operate substantially as described in their program documentation.

                                        PROGRAM   ORDERING    FEATURE
DESCRIPTION VERSION NUMBER VEHICLE NUMBER
OPERATING SYSTEMS
IBM DOS 3.3 6280060 5871-AAA 0957
IBM DOS 4.0 6280256 5871-AAA 1419
IBM DOS 5.0 84F9775 5871-AAA 1964
Operating System/2
Standard Edition 1.3 84F7588 5871-AAA 1615
Operating System/2
Extended Edition 1.3 15F7195 5871-AAA 1570
Operating System/2
(When Available) 2.0 84F7586 5871-AAA 2267
LANGUAGES
Basic Compiler/2 ™ 1.2 6280179 5871-AAA 0822
C/2 ™ 1.1 6280284 5871-AAA 1410
COBOL/2 ™ 1.01 6280207 5871-AAA 0816
FORTRAN/2 ™ 1.1 6280185 5871-AAA 0824
Macro Assembler/2 ™ 1.0 6280181 5871-AAA 0820
PASCAL Compiler/2 ™ 1.0 6280183 5871-AAA 0826
APPLICATIONS
DisplayWrite 4 2.0 25F5951 5871-BBB 5951
DisplayWrite 5 Composer 2.1 86F2450 5871-BBB 1375
DisplayWrite 5/2 Composer 1.1.3 25F5999 5871-BBB 5999

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(CORRECTED ON NOVEMBER 6, 1991) In the attached LIST OF SUPPORTED PRODUCTS, under the heading Adapter Cards Supported, the part numbers have been changed and a column entitled Feature Number has been added.



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