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HP backs AMD Athlon with business PC

Athlon makes inroads into corporate market

AMD gained an important breakthrough in the business market today with the news that HP is to use its flagship Athlon XP processors in its Compaq D315 Business PC.

Athon XP processors are well respected among home users, earning favourable reviews since their introduction in August 1999, but AMD has struggled to make its mark in the corporate sector. HP's use of Athlon processors in the D315 is the first time one of the big three vendors (Dell, HP and IBM) has used the chip in a business targeted machine, though AMD has secured a number of design wins with smaller PC vendors.

Available immediately from HP, the Compaq D315 Business PC is particularly targeted at SMEs and the education sector. It offers an AMD Athlon XP processor 2000+, NVIDIA GeForce 2 graphics, 20GB hard drive, 128MB double data rate (DDR) SyncDRAM memory, standard 48x CD-ROM, network interface card and six USB ports.

Prices start at $549 for Microsoft Windows XP Home or $599 with Microsoft Windows XP Pro, after a limited-time $100 rebate.

The system also can be configured to include AMD Athlon XP processors 2000+ or 2200+, up to 1 GB DDR SDRAM running at 266MHz, a 40GB Ultra-ATA hard drive (100 MB/s) and choice of CD-RW or DVD-ROM. ®

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