SHANGHAI Hewlett Packard is teaming up with Taiwan's Via Technologies to produce a low power desktop PC aimed at enterprise users in China. The deal is a break for tiny Via, which often struggles with larger rival Intel Corp. in the world's second largest PC market.
HP released the Compaq dx2020 today. It's based on a Via C7-D 1.5GHz desktop processor, which uses a maximum of 20 watts. Via played up the "environmentally sustainable" aspect of the computer since it uses a "carbon free processor," but that is unlikely to win much adulation among China's price-conscious IT managers. The cost of the desktop wasn't revealed.
Last month, Dell Inc unveiled a $335 PC targeting a similar market. Lenovo, China's largest PC maker, and HP also have AMD-based models priced around $388 in China. HP's decision to use Via's CPU will likely help it lower costs and be more competitive in the regional market.
In related news, China's homegrown CPU, the Loongson 2E, is being designed into touch-screen computers and thin clients from Beijing Skyvein Computer Co, a Loongson affiliated company. The firm expects to manufacture 10,000 units of touch-screen computers this year for local vertical markets, such as airports, train stations and hotels.
The price will start at $900, similar to competitors. The Loongson 2E embedded network computers will be sold for $260 to government and educational institutions. The company expects low volumes of several thousand units per year.