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Iomega Corp is now shipping its new notebook Zip drives to OEMs (CI No 3,183).The company says the drive is 40% faster than the original SCSI or ATAPI drive in Windows 95 when performing functions like opening, saving and dragging and dropping files. There is also new software for digital audio recording; a Zip lock feature designed to insure reliability during abrupt movement, and power management features to help conserve a notebook computer’s battery life. Iomega says the new hardware will give users increased capacity for storing internet downloads, business presentations and digital photos while traveling. The drive will initially be available in notebooks made by Hewlett Packard Co, Acer Inc, Hitachi Ltd, IBM Co, Micron Inc, NEC Corp and Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme AG, among others. Full volume product shipments are expected to start in the first quarter of 1998.

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