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VIA bags key CPU deal with HP China PC project

Posted: 17 Apr 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:China PC market? low-power desktop? VIA desktop processor?

Hewlett-Packard is collaborating with Taiwan's VIA Technologies to produce a low-power desktop PC for China's enterprise users. The deal is a break for VIA, which often struggles with Intel Corp., in the world's second largest PC market.

The Compaq dx2020 is based on a VIA C7-D 1.5GHz desktop processor, which uses a maximum of 20W. VIA touts the 'environmentally sustainable' aspect of the computer since it uses a 'carbon-free processor,' but that is unlikely to win much adulation among China's price-conscious IT managers. The cost of the desktop wasn't revealed.

Last month, Dell Inc. unveiled a $335 PC targeting a similar market. Lenovo, China's largest PC manufacturer, and HP also have AMD-based models priced around $388 in China. HP's decision to use VIA's CPU will likely help it lower costs and be more competitive in the regional market.

- Cai Yan
EE Times

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