ISA card to revitalise outmoded PCs

Computacenter’s subsidiary RDC has signed to use Hypertech's ISA card, which simplifies and accelerates the upgrading of...

Computacenter’s subsidiary RDC has signed to use Hypertech's ISA card, which simplifies and accelerates the upgrading of obsolete PCs.

The computer recycling company is to start upgrading users’ PCs using the Phoenix 370/s card from Hyptertech within the next few months.

The card enables a user to replace an obsolete motherboard, processor and graphics without the need for complex reconfiguration of a PC. The product, which Hyptertech claims is the first of its kind, integrates a Pentium class processor with a clock speed of up to 1.3Ghz, up to 1Gb of RAM, an Ethernet card and AGP graphics in a single ISA card.

Hypertech’s technical director Simon Smart described the device as “perfect for extending the life of ageing PCs".

The card will make it much easier for RDC to sell on upgraded PCs, as opposed to simply recycling components, by reducing the necessity for skilled labour in the upgrading process. It should also make it easier for RDC to sell on standardised upgraded PCs because each card can be made identical. The company said the first PCs based on the upgrade card would be available within weeks.

Phillipe Trapier, consultant with PC upgrade specialist Business Force, said he was unlikely to use this unproven technology as a similar PC could be bought new at only marginally higher cost. However, he said the Phoenix card might prove useful for users on a small budget or for the environmentally conscious.

The Phoenix card was launched following the European Union’s Waste Electrical and Electronics Equipment directive, which requires manufacturers and distributors of IT equipment to provide schemes to recover and recycle 80% of the equipment they have sold. The directive is due to be implemented in EU countries within the next 18 months. Users are no longer allowed to dispose of IT equipment in landfills and so are looking to their suppliers to provide more satisfactory arrangements.

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