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Siemens Computer Systems launches the SCENIC 600 and SCENIC 800
high-performance PCs

 Technology innovation sets new standards for corporate PC security,
performance, cost of ownership and ease of use

Siemens Computer Systems, Europe's leading computer company, has launched
the SCENIC 600 and SCENIC 800 - two new high performance PC systems that set
new standards for the corporate marketplace with innovative new technology,
exceptional security, communications, ease of use and cost of ownership.
Both systems are designed for use in large corporate networks and by
professional users, and include a number of essential features for the
corporate user, many of which are unique to Siemens. These include the
revolutionary PISA (PCI/ISA Shared Angle) slot, a new motherboard which
introduces 'save to onboard RAM' features, and a new design for internal
cooling without additional processor fans, which also reduces noise emissions. 

SCENIC 600 and SCENIC 800 PCs are priced from 699 ex VAT. Each system has
been designed to meet the key requirements of the high-end corporate PC
marketplace: 

Security: SCENIC 600 and SCENIC 800 PCs address security on a number of
fronts. Mechanical security is ensured with the ability to physically lock
out disk drives with a sliding cover on the front panel as well as a
lockable case. Fittings are also available to securely chain SCENIC systems
to seal the case and fix them to a desk or other fitting. 

At the same time, digital security is ensured through a comprehensive range
of Siemens password functions at system level, setup level, interface level,
on bootup and through write protection for disk drives. Beyond this, Siemens
SICRYPT smartcard security solution offers advanced fail-safe security
through a card slot integrated into the front panel of the chassis, and
support for data encryption and access authorisation. The SCENIC 600 and
SCENIC 800 PCs also include virus protection software.

Manageability: A key requirement for large corporate networks, SCENIC 600
and SCENIC 800 PCs are available with DeskView, a modular desktop management
tool that informs network administrators of the status of all PCs on the
network; provides virus protection for the network; automatic fax and data
transmission overnight; restarts systems in case of failure; and enables
adminstrators to see and modify, from a central workstation, all data on
each PC and its BIOS in the network. Most importantly, DeskView enables an
administrator to automatically update a PC across the network. DeskView is
based on industry standard protocols such as DMI2.0 and SNMP.

Reliability is another key network management issue. Effective thermal
management plays an important role in keeping PC downtime to a minimum. In
the SCENIC 600 and 800 PCs Siemens has developed a new multi-level thermal
management system based on a new Siemens microcontroller and a single
internal cooling fan. This fan regulates processor and power supply
temperature using a special hood to direct airflow as required; while
optional insulation on the hard disk and optional insulating mat for the
front panel, in addition to the low fan noise, make the SCENIC 600 and 800
almost silent.

Ease of use: User-friendliness is essential to maximise productivity from a
corporate PC. The SCENIC 600 and SCENIC 800 offer customisable hotkeys which
are set up through an intuitive drag and drop function, allowing users to
execute the majority of commands through keyboard hotkeys, avoiding the need
to search through menus and options. In addition, full USB and Plug & Play
support means that peripherals can be connected whenever necessary, even
while the PC is in use.

Commmunications: Because Siemens Computer Systems is part of the Siemens
Information and Communication Products Group, the company is well positioned
to offer a broad range of integrated IT and communications solutions.
Available for the SCENIC 600 and SCENIC 800 are:

 I-View, an ISDN expansion card which integrates the PC with a full range
of communications services onscreen, from telephone and fax to data transfer
and videoconferencing in accordance with global standards
 I-Talk, an enhanced telephony solution which allows you to make a voice
call while simultaneously transferring a file, jointly processing a document
with a caller or surfing the Internet
 I-Surf, an ISDN data transfer solution for application sharing, fax,
answering machine and Internet functionality
 InternetVideo Camera, a video camera for stills and moving pictures, which
is also capable of Internet-based telephony
 Hicom Integrated, which allows you to integrate a complete ISDN PBX in a
SCENIC PC.

Other features
The SCENIC 600 is a space-saving desktop design while the SCENIC 800
features a compact minitower chassis. Both systems are assembled on a
modular basis, which makes it easier for companies to maintain and upgrade
their systems: with plug-in boards and disks, all major components can be
swapped in a matter of seconds. Siemens' modular approach also makes it easy
for customers to choose the exact configuration that meets their needs:

Chassis, motherboard & RAM
The SCENIC 600 features a compact desktop chassis which nonetheless is able
to accommodate oversized ISA and PCI expansion cards thanks to the PISA slot
on Siemens' custom-designed Micro-ATX motherboard. SCENIC 600 systems are
also available with a Siemens ATX motherboard. The SCENIC 800 minitower,
based on the ATX motherboard, offers exceptional expansion potential with
six drive bays and seven full-length expansion slots. Each system is
available with up to 768MB RAM with or without Error Correction Code (ECC). 

Intel Processors
The SCENIC 600 and SCENIC 800 systems are available with Intel Celeron and
Pentium II processors. They will also support Intel's forthcoming Pentium
III processor.

Operating system & software
Microsoft Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0 Workstation are preinstalled as
standard, and Microsoft Office 97 Small Business Edition is optionally
available.

Graphics system
Options on each model include the 4MB Matrox G100, 8MB Matrox G100
Productiva or the Matrox Millennium G200 for outstanding 3D performance.

 Storage system
Both the SCENIC 600 and SCENIC 800 are available with 4.3GB, 8.4GB or 12.9GB
IDE, or 4GB or 9GB Ultra-Wide SCSI hard disks. All models have options for
SuperDisk, Zip, CD-ROM, CD-RW (re-writable) and DVD-ROM drives.

About Siemens Computer Systems
Siemens Computer Systems is the leading European supplier of information
technology, and forms part of the Siemens Information and Communication
Products Group. The company offers the industry's broadest range of computer
systems from a single supplier, ranging from home computers and Net PCs
through to notebooks, desktops, workstations, high-end servers and mainframe
systems. In addition to its comprehensive range of hardware products,
Siemens Computer Systems is focused on delivering platforms for solutions in
key business areas including e-commerce, data warehousing and SAP R/3.

The Siemens Information and Communication Products Group is a significant
part of the DM50 billion turnover Siemens Information and Communications
business segment. This new business was formed on the 1st October 1998 in
response to the growing requirement for converged IT and communications
products, solutions and services.

For more press information
Please contact:

        Rebecca Hartley
        Press Relations
        Siemens Computer Systems
        Tel:  01252 555396
        rebecca.hartley@siemens.co.uk

For further information about Siemens Computer Systems, please visit our web
site at www.siemens.co.uk/cs


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