HP to sell VIA-powered desktop PCs in China

VIA's C7-D processors aren't exactly competitive with the latest and greatest dual-core (and quad-core) offerings from AMD and Intel, but the chips may see better reception in China. According to a press release on VIA's site, HP has chosen the C7-D for a new desktop computer aimed at the enterprise market in China's "fast-growing cities."

The HP Compaq dx2020 is outfitted with a 1.5GHz VIA C7-D processor, a VIA CN700 chipset with UniChrome Pro II integrated graphics, up to 1GB of DDR2-533 memory, a 160GB 7200RPM Serial ATA hard drive, and 100Mbps Ethernet. The machine has a relatively small footprint of 36.7cm x 17.5cm x 42cm, or 14.4" x 6.9" x 16.5". VIA boasts that China's enterprise segment is "seeing rapid adoption of computer technology," and that the HP Compaq dx2020 presents a good opportunity for Chinese businesses to upgrade their operations cheaply and while keeping power costs down.

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