Hopping on the Springdale bandwagon, Hewlett-Packard Co. on Wednesday launched the d530 line of business desktop PCs featuring the new 865G chip set from Intel Corp.
The PCs come in three designs—a small box, convertible minitower or ultra-slim desktop—and can either come with Intels Celeron chip or the Pentium 4 processor with speeds up to 3GHz, Hyper-Threading capabilities for better application performance and the accompanying Springdale chip set, according to the Palo Alto, Calif., company. The chip set supports Hyper-Threading and comes with an 800MHz front-side bus for faster communication between the chip and its components.
The desktops also include as an option HPs new ProtectTools Embedded Security chip, which enhances data security and controls access to their networks. It was developed in conjunction with Infineon Technologies Inc.
Pricing for the PCs start at $730.
In addition, HP is adding two new form factors to the d330 line of PCs, a microtower and slim tower. Among the enhancements are easier upgrades with a tool-free internal environment and shared image and motherboard with other desktops, designed to simplify migration and manageability.
A $799 model includes a 2.66GHz Pentium 4 processor, a 40GB hard drive and six USB 2.0 ports.
At the same time, HP also rolled out a new thin client, the t5700, which is powered by Transmeta Corp.s 1GHz TM5800 Crusoe chip. HP officials said the product is the first all-HP-engineered thin client, which features Microsoft Corp.s Windows XP Embedded operating system and Altiris Deployment Solution for Web-based remote management. It also comes with four USB ports. Pricing starts at $599.
Officials with Transmeta, of Santa Clara, Calif., said the adoption by HP of the Crusoe chip in the thin client is a big step for the companys push into the embedded space. It also is important in that it continues the companys relationship with HP, which uses the chip in its Compaq Evo Tablet PC.
“It really validates the embedded systems strategy we put in place,” said Mike DeNeffe, director of marketing at Transmeta. “We realized there were a number of [embedded] systems that … needed a high-performance, low-power processor, and we targeted thin clients as one of those.”
Transmeta, whose chips are designed to run cooler and consume less energy than mobile processors from such companies as Intel and Advanced Micro Devices Inc., earlier this year introduced the Crusoe Special Embedded processors, designed for x86 embedded applications in such products as medical instrumentation, retail kiosks and point-of-sale terminals.
The company also has made other moves. It has started building security features directly onto its chips, and in the third quarter will launch a new chip, the TM8000—code-named Astro—that it hopes will be used in notebooks with 12- and 14-inch screens.
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