Giving Customers a Choice

By John G. Spooner  |  Posted 2006-09-06 Print this article Print

But, "things are never going to go back to the way they were [with Intel dominating] in the desktop space. The horses kind of did leave the barn already. What [AMD] has done is…make IT comfortable," he said.

"What [Core 2 Duo] didnt take way from AMD is the price/performance AMD offers."
HPs dc7700 desktop family, which features the Core 2 Duo and Q965 chip set, can be purchased with or without vPro. HP said that a bare-bones version of the machine, without vPro, will start at $643.
The desktop, which can also be ordered with a range of Intel Celeron D, Pentium 4, Pentium D processors, comes with HP ProtecTools, as well as software that enables full disk encryption software, using the TPM 1.2 module. The software is available on other HP models, but only as an add-on. At the moment, HP estimates that somewhere between 30 and 60 percent of its dc7700 buyers will opt for vPro. For those customers, HP will offer a variety of extra support. The company will offer an update for its OpenView Client Configuration Manager 2.0 that adds support for Intels Active Management Technology (AMT 2.0), the technology behind many of vPros features, for example. The company will also offer other extras to increase manageability or smooth out deployment. For one, HP also has expanded its free HP Client Manager centralized hardware management solution to identify and initialize PCs on corporate networks that feature embedded TPMs for quick and easy deployment of data protection across enterprises. Its also offering a pre-provisioning service that works with customers to preset their PCs software while the machines are being rolled out by IT staff. Aside from its new business desktops, HP also introduced the HP xw9400 workstation. The machine, which can accommodate up to two dual-core Opteron processors, two PCI-Express graphics cards, 64GB of memory and five hard drives, targets the high end of the desktop workstation market and rounds out HPs line of offerings for the space, HP executives said. HP also launched a new line of widescreen flat panel displays on Sept. 6. Among them is a new 30-inch HP LP3065 model with a whopping 2,650 by 1,600 pixel resolution, HP executives said. The display is designed to be used by companies running graphics-intensive applications such as ocean floor analysis, the executives said. HP also announced on Sept. 6 that it has begun offering Intels Core 2 Duo processor for notebooks in several of its HP Compaq Business PC notebook families. Among them are the HP Compaq 4400 series and 6300 series; the HP Compaq nc6400, nx7400, as well as the HP Compaq 8400 and 9400 series. The company did not announce pricing for its dc5700 or dc5750 desktops, which it said would be available this fall. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news in desktop and notebook computing.

John G. Spooner John G. Spooner, a senior writer for eWeek, chronicles the PC industry, in addition to covering semiconductors and, on occasion, automotive technology. Prior to joining eWeek in 2005, Mr. Spooner spent more than four years as a staff writer for CNET, where he covered computer hardware. He has also worked as a staff writer for ZDNET News.

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