Gateway boosts business PCs with hyperthreading

Gateway has updated some of its business desktops with Intel's latest processor and chipset technology.

Gateway has updated some of its business desktops with Intel's latest processor and chipset technology.

Gateway's Profile 4 PCs, E-Series managed PCs, and Sb-Series PCs for small businesses can all now take advantage of faster front-side bus and memory technology found in Intel's latest chipsets, the 865 series and 875 series.

The chipsets support processors with 800MHz front-side buses and DDR (double data rate) SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM) running at 400MHz.

The PCs will also support hyperthreading, a technology that allows a PC's operating system to treat a single processor system as if there were two separate processors. The operating system then sends more instructions than it normally would to the single processor, allowing the chip to take advantage of normally unused execution units.

Hyperthreading started out as a server technology on Intel's Xeon chips, but the company has recently put hyperthreading into several of its Pentium 4 processors.

Gateway introduced a recovery plan in May that seeks to refocus the company's attention on higher-margin consumer electronics products such as plasma TVs and digital cameras.

Rival PC suppliers such as Dell Computer have been able to undercut Gateway on price, and the company lags well behind Dell and Hewlett-Packard among corporate PC customers.

Two PCs in Gateway's E-Series line will replace older models designed to be managed by administrators over corporate networks. The E-4100 and E-6100 come with integrated Gigabit Ethernet, LANDesk Software's LANDesk Client Manager software, and eight USB (universal serial bus) 2.0 ports, in addition to the Intel technology.

A configuration of the E-4100 with a 2.4GHz Pentium 4 processor, 128Mbytes of DDR333 SDRAM, a 40Gbyte hard drive, integrated Intel Extreme Graphics 2 technology, a CD-Rom drive and a 17in monitor costs $999 (£604).

The E-6100 comes with a 2.4GHz Pentium 4 processor, 256Mbytes of DDR400 SDRAM, a 80Gbyte hard drive, Nvidia's GeForce2 MX200 graphics technology, a CD-Rom drive, and a 17in monitor for a starting price of $1,299 (£786).

The Profile 4 line of PCs with Intel technology is the high end of Gateway's business PCs, and pricing is expected to begin at $1,599 (£967). A version will also be released for consumers.

The base configurations of the Sb-Series desktops will ship with Intel's 865 chipset, but the Pentium 4 processors with hyperthreading and 800MHz front-side buses are upgrade options.

Four Sb-Series models are available with prices starting at $599 (£362). This includes a 2.2GHz Pentium 4 processor, 128Mbytes of DDR333 SDRAM, a 40Gbyte hard drive, integrated Intel Extreme Graphics 2 technology, and a CD-Rom drive. Monitors will be sold separately.

Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service

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