NBC will use laptop and desktop personal computers as well as maintenance and support services from Lenovo for its coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, NBC and Lenovo announced Thursday morning.

Lenovo acquired the PC computer line of IBM earlier this year. The main operation for that group employing some 1,900 people is based in RTP.

NBC will lease ThinkCentre desktops and ThinkPad notebooks as part of the deal. Terms were not disclosed.

“Today’s announcement illustrates Lenovo’s ability to provide computing equipment for companies on a world-class level. We created an equipment package that meets NBC’s exacting standards for performance, reliability and efficiency,” said Yang Yuanqing, chairman of Lenovo Group, in a statement. “The Olympic Winter Games in Torino are the perfect opportunity to showcase the new Lenovo’s ability to provide cutting edge, cost effective computer equipment solutions for large scale global companies.”

Lenovo will also be a sponsor of the telecasts, the companies added.

“Our multi-platform coverage presents enormous technical challenges, particularly in the winter as we connect the Torino-based broadcast center to venues throughout the city and the surrounding mountains, in an environment where we rely on digital processes more than ever,” said Craig Lau, vice president for information technology of NBC’s Olympic coverage. “This partnership will further enhance our ability to deliver the best possible Olympic Games coverage to the American audience.”

Lenovo said it conducted tests for equipment and services at the Italian venue in April.

The company is also a partner with the International Olympic Committee for 2005-2008. Lenovo will provide PCs, servers and storage services for the IOC.

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