HP, VIA combine to make PC for China

BEIJING –VIA Technologies, Inc. and Hewlett-Packard today unveiled the HP Compaq dx2020, a highly energy efficient commercial PC for the China market powered by the VIA C7-D desktop processor.

The companies said the computer meets the needs of businesses across the commercial spectrum, with the added assurance of HP’s manufacturing quality for greater system reliability and lower maintenance costs.

There was no word on whether VIA-powered, HP-branded PCs will be sold in Canada.

Environmentally sustainable computing is a key element of system design, the companies said. Fully compliant with the European RoHS environmental rules, the HP Compaq dx2020 features a power efficient 1.5GHz VIA C7-D processor, said to be the world’s first carbon-free processor with a maximum power of just 20 watts for much lower electricity use than traditional PCs. It has achieved certification by the CECP, the China Government’s key energy rating agency.

“It is vital that companies across China, not just in the largest cities, gain access to the vast productivity, efficiency and online resource benefits of IT and the Internet,” said Wenchi Chen, president and CEO of VIA Technologies. “The HP Compaq dx2020 represents a great opportunity for many more Chinese businesses of all sizes to upgrade their operations while minimizing their power costs and environmental impact, and we are delighted that HP have selected the VIA C7-D desktop processor to create this excellent value proposition.”

The dx2020, which comes in a black chassis, includes DDR2 system memory, a Serial ATA hard drive, an Ethernet port and six USB2.0 slots. The VIA UniChrome Pro II integrated graphics processor features hardware MPEG-2 video decoding acceleration for DVD playback, multi-channel audio and 128-bit 2D and 3D graphics engines for multimedia applications.

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