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FSC’s eco PCs arrive in region

Following the global launch of its new green PC brand -‘Esprimo’ - on April 12, Fujitsu Siemens Computers today gave regional press an exclusive glimpse of the Esprimo desktop systems that will be hitting the market over coming weeks.

Following the global launch of its new green PC brand -‘Esprimo’ - on April 12, Fujitsu Siemens Computers today gave regional press an exclusive glimpse of the Esprimo desktop systems that will be hitting the market over coming weeks.

Designed to meet new stringent environmental legislation that the European Union (EU) is bringing into force next summer, the firm’s Esprimo range is divided into three types of machine:

The Esprimo C Series is a new ultra-small form factor PC. This will be available from July and features Intel’s i915GV Express chipset and high-performance DDR2 memory.

FSC’s Esprimo E Series meanwhile is, size wise at least, a standard small form factor machine. Available from June featuring Intel’s i945G Express chipset, from July with iAMT technology on-board, and from September onwards with SiS662 on-board, this product is being billed as FSC’s future standard desktop.

Last but not least, the Esprimo P Microtower provides all standard functions of a professional PC. Billed as FSC’s “everyday performance desktop”, this is available first - from this month. Fitted with the latest Intel 945G Express chipset, this PC can be also ordered with Intel’s new Pentium D 8xx dual core processor on-board.

FSC’s Esprimo PCs are supplied with ManageIT and SecureIT software suites to help aid secure and trouble-free operation.

“These ‘green’ PCs are designed to rigorously comply with new, stringent EU guidelines,” explained Habib Bouchrara, vice president, International Sales Region, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, “which will be in force by mid- 2006, restricting the use of hazardous substances.”

What this approach means in practice is that FSC has minimised the lead content in Esprimo mainboards - from 12 grams to one, and completely restricted the use of halogen gas. In addition, the printed circuit boards, as well as power supply and riser card, are halogen-free. Ergonomics have also been enhanced, with all Esprimo PCs being equipped with an advanced cooling concept, making them quieter operators.

All three Esprimo lines are modularly upgradeable and customers can choose to add ‘premium’ ergonomics and security options. These last additions for instance include optional cabinet locks, integrated internal or external smart card readers, and intruder alert technology.

While FSC’s Esprimo PCs are targeted at both SMB and enterprise level buyers, Dell has this week refreshed its corporate desktop range. Its new OptiPlex GX520 and GX620 provide customers with more flexibility in deploying systems based on specific user and departmental needs.

For example, customers can choose from seven chassis between the two new products, including mini-tower, desktop, small and ultra small (GX620) form factors that offer further expandability options. To make deployments easy and cost effective, the systems share a single software image across all types of chassis.

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