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HP launches new blade PC

Hewlett-Packard is using processors from AMD for a new “blade PC” to help companies cut their enterprise computing costs.

HP’s new BC1500 blade PC uses the low-power Athlon 64 chip from AMD, instead of the Transmeta Efficeon processor used in an older version of HP’s blade PC.

Transmeta is abandoning chip production to concentrate on licensing its low-power processing technology to others.

Blade PCs see PC motherboards stacked in a chassis, in the same way that that blade servers are deployed.

This PC configuration is an alternative way to provide companies with server-based computing but is different from the thin-client computing model sold by the likes of Citrix, Sun Microsystems and Microsoft.

As with thin-client systems, blade PCs give companies central and easier control of applications that can be run on user machines, and tighter security controls.

Both products are designed to save cash through reduced management time and help desk support.

But unlike thin client computing, the blade PC model gives each user a system driven by their own processor, memory and hard drive, meaning they do not have to share the same resources as everyone else on a central server.

While the blade chassis resides in a central server room, the user is connected to the motherboard and corporate network via a small device which resides on their own stripped-down machine.

Sun Microsystems launched a new thin-client platform in partnership with Wyse last week.


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