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HP Introduces Windows X64 Desktops

Hewlett-Packard on Monday introduced business desktops and workstations with security features designed to take advantage of the security enhancements planned for Microsoft's upcoming Longhorn operating system. HP is also introducing business desktops and workstations offering the new Microsoft Windows x64 Edition operating systems.

HP introduced on Monday new business desktops and workstations with security features specifically designed to take advantage of the security enhancements planned for Microsoft's upcoming Longhorn operating system. HP is also introducing new business desktops and workstations offering the new Microsoft Windows x64 Edition operating systems.

HP is supporting the new Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition on its new AMD-based HP dx5150 Business Desktop PC and across its entire lineup of professional workstations, including the high-end xw9300 Workstation and the new HP xw4300 Workstation. HP will also offer the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions across its broad portfolio of 64-bit HP ProLiant servers based on AMD Opteron and 64-bit Intel Xeon MP processors.

The HP dx5150 Business Desktop is the company's newest addition to the 5000 Series of business desktops, designed with the AMD Athlon 64 and Sempron processors. It supports the new Microsoft Windows XP x64 Edition 64-bit operating system, dual-channel DDR400 memory, high-performance serial ATA hard drives, and an x16 PCI-Express slot. The dx5150 also features AMD Enhanced Virus Protection and AMD's Cool 'n Quiet technology (which, according to the company, reduces processor power consumption and fan noise), and the ATI Radeon Xpress200 chipset with built-in graphics that supports dual-display features.

"Our focus is around productivity," said Brian Schmitz, Director of Marketing for Business Desktops. "What can people do with dual display? People who work on large spreadsheets use it, of course, but we're also finding a lot of mainstream business users who, for example, need to look at Outlook, but also have a task that's currently at hand, so they can keep both up at one time." The HP dx5150 Business Desktop is available at prices starting at $470.

The new HP Compaq dc7600 Business Desktop ships standard with the HP ProtectTools embedded security chip designed to the Trusted Computing Group's Trusted Platform Module 1.2 standard. It also features the HP ProtectTools embedded security solution, which provides customers with hardware-based encryption, enhanced data protection and system access, and also provides compatibility with the future security features expected in Microsoft Longhorn operating systems. "Desktop business users keep their desktops about three years these days," said Schmitz. "So even if Longhorn is in the future, there's a good chance our users will be deploying it on this PC."

In addition, the dc7600, available this summer, will meet the European Union's Restrictions on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive.

HP also announced a new entry-level workstation, HP xw4300, that offers support for Microsoft Windows XP Professional 64-bit Edition, as well as Intel's new 955X Express Chipset and dual-core processor technology. The HP xw4300 Workstation supports 8GB of total system memory along with a tool-less chassis, PCI-Express graphics, and HP's unique Performance Tuning Framework that guides the system setup, allowing a "custom" configuration that best matches the workstation to user requirements. The HP xw4300 will be available this summer.

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