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HP Ships VIA-Powered Desktop In China

HP partners with a company closer to the Chinese mainland than its usual U.S. partners of Intel and AMD.
Hewlett-Packard on Friday introduced in China an energy-efficient Compaq desktop for business powered by a processor manufactured by Taiwan-based VIA Technologies.

The HP Compaq dx2020 contains a 1.5 GHz VIA C7-D chip, which consumes a maximum of 20 watts of power, and has received certification for energy efficiency by the Chinese government, VIA said.

In choosing VIA, HP apparently decided to partner with a company closer to the Chinese mainland than its usual U.S. partners of Intel and Advanced Micro Devices. The dx2020 contains up to 1GB of memory and a 160GB hard drive, and includes a VIA UniChrome Pro II integrated graphics processor. The computer is compatible with Microsoft's Windows XP, and VIA's encryption security engine is available to protect data.

In partnering with an Asian chipmaker, HP is apparently looking for some help in China, where the homegrown Lenovo Group holds a leading 30 percent market share. The opportunity for sales in China is huge, given that the PC penetration in households is less than 10 percent. HP is stronger in the consumer market in China, than in the corporate market.

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