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Compaq Drives Next Era of Business Computing with Introduction of New Compaq Evo Notebooks, Workstations and Thin Clients
HOUSTON, May 21, 2001
Leading the evolution into a new era of business computing, Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE: CPQ) today unveiled the first notebook, workstation and thin client products in the new Compaq Evo family of corporate solutions.
Sporting sleek carbon and silver industrial designs, the new Compaq Evo products offer innovations such as integrated MultiPort wireless connectivity for the ultra-light Evo Notebook N400c; the durable, affordable, lightweight design of the Evo Notebook N150; the cutting-edge processing power of Evo Workstation W6000 and Evo Workstation W8000; and a legacy-free platform for the Evo Thin Client T20. These advances simplify the computing environment and allow customers to evolve their computing needs at their own pace.
Compaq's new family of Evo products includes:
"We are changing the way personal computing products look, and simplifying how they are used and integrated into business environments," said Jeri Callaway, vice president and general manager of Corporate Access, Compaq Access Business Group. "Allowing customers to add technologies, such as wireless connectivity to Evo notebooks, at their own pace instead of forcing them to buy technology before they are ready is just one example of how we enable customers' use of technology to evolve on their terms and on their timetable."
(Editors Note: Please see today's Compaq press release, " Compaq Ignites its Access Business with Bold New Evo Corporate Lineup" for more information on Compaq's business strategy and future product concepts.)
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: COMPAQ EVO FAMILY
Compaq Evo Notebook N400c - Anytime, Anywhere Wireless Connectivity
Designed with the mobile professional in mind, the new Compaq Evo Notebook N400c, with its sleek industrial design, weighs only 3.5 pounds and measures less than an inch thin. This slim, stylish, electrifying form factor makes the Evo Notebook N400c one of the lightest, most portable notebooks in the industry, yet it still delivers the high performance including integrated wireless connectivity that you would expect to find in notebooks weighing twice as much.
The new Evo Notebook N400c incorporates MultiPort, an optional modular wireless solution, that provides Compaq commercial notebook PC users wireless connectivity through an integrated, plug-and-play Universal Serial Bus (USB) port integral to the notebook display. MultiPort modules integrate the radio and antenna into a single assembly, which then inserts and fits flush against the notebook display, allowing for a clean, elegant solution with no antenna extending out of the notebook. This design provides for better performance and greater wireless coverage.
This flexible, innovative solution allows users to connect to multiple wireless standards by simply changing out the wireless module. It also provides customers a means to migrate to future wireless standards as they become available. The Compaq Evo Notebook N400c will initially be available with a Local Area Network (LAN) MultiPort module that uses 802.11b technology and a Personal Area Network (PAN) MultiPort module using Bluetooth technology (1). Compaq is also developing a series of high-speed Wide Area Network (WAN) MultiPort modules that are expected to ship in the first quarter of 2002.
MultiPort is based on industry standard USB technology, allowing for easy development of future MultiPort modules. Compaq is currently working closely with a limited number of partners on future MultiPort solutions, as well as developing its own new MultiPort modules for solutions such as security and imaging.
With immediate worldwide availability and starting at only $2,299 (2), the Compaq Evo Notebook N400c features the low voltage Intel Pentium®III 700 MHz processor; a stunning 12.1-inch TFT XGA screen; 20 GB hard drive; 128 MB of memory; a full-size keyboard (unique in an ultraportable); dual battery support, which allows for maximum battery life in a small form factor; a full set of system ports; optional Mobile Expansion Unit (MEU) which provides for floppy, CD, DVD or CD-RW support; and compatibility with all Evo common options and docking solutions, as well as existing Armada E and M series options.
For additional information on the Evo Notebook N400c and MultiPort technology, visit the Compaq PressPaq Web site at http://www.compaq.com/newsroom/presspaq/052101/index.html.
Compaq Evo Notebook N150 - Affordable Power and Performance in Thin/Light Design
With its durable, thin, lightweight design, the Compaq Evo Notebook N150 makes mobility more affordable than ever with performance and features that meet the essential business needs of most users. Starting at $1,449 (3), the Compaq Evo Notebook N150 features Intel Mobile Pentium III or Celeron processors, a bright 14.1-inch TFT display, a large 10 or 15 GB hard drive, built-in modem/network interface and option of either CD, DVD or CD-RW optical drives in a form factor that weighs less than six pounds.
Compaq Mobile Extended Support Program - Minimize Downtime, Maximize Productivity
Compaq also announced in select geographies a new Mobile Extended Support Program, designed to minimize customer downtime and maximize productivity in the event an Evo notebook needs service. This innovative program provides customers a backup notebook within 24 hours if the system fails while the user is traveling or at the office. It also provides for free online backup of the user's data. Compaq provides for free pickup and delivery of notebooks with applications loaded within the continental U.S. Pricing for the Mobile Extended Support Program begins at $199 per year.
Additional information on the Compaq Evo Notebook N150 and the Mobile Extended Support Program can be found on Compaq's PressPaq Web site at http://www.compaq.com/newsroom/presspaq/052101/index.html.
Compaq Evo Workstation W6000 and W8000 - Advanced Features and Performance
The Compaq Evo Workstation W6000 and W8000 are the latest in powerful workstations. Delivering outstanding performance, manageability and expandability, both systems meet the needs of users seeking a dual processor capable system. Combined with the Compaq Graphics Excellence Program, which delivers the widest range of high-performance 2D and 3D graphics available on the market, Evo workstations provide users everything they need to keep pace with today's most demanding applications.
Each workstation comes with Altiris eXpress image maintenance software, PC Transplant migration tools and advanced Compaq Intelligent Manageability tools and features, making PC management a snap. Compatibility is assured with industry-standard technology, strong ISV (Independent Software Vendor) partnerships and testing, and certification on key workstation applications.
Compaq Evo Workstation W6000 - Versatile Design with Exceptional Price/Performance
Starting at $1,857 (4), the Compaq Evo Workstation W6000 features a versatile form factor designed to fit in space-constrained environments, exceptional price performance and advanced technologies. It is an ideal system for financial trading applications, EDA (Electronic Design Automation), mainstream CAD (Computer Aided Design) and CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) applications, DCC (Digital Content Creation), and software development applications.
Compaq Evo Workstation W8000 - Uncompromising Performance and Expandability
The Compaq Evo Workstation W8000 starts at $2,477 (4). This high-end workstation with uncompromising performance adds additional expandability and scalability, along with a rack mountable chassis and front USB and audio ports. The Compaq Evo Workstation W8000 is ideal for professionals in the mechanical CAD (Computer Aided Design), CAE (Computer Aided Engineering), 3D rendering, animation, and video editing, as well as the financial analysis and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) markets.
By utilizing the latest Intel 860 chipset, the Compaq Evo Workstation W6000 and W8000 support up to two Intel Xeon processors at speeds of 1.4 GHz or 1.7 GHz. Also standard are integrated Ultra 160 SCSI and Ultra ATA/100 controllers, 800 MHz ECC RDRAM memory, and a choice of a 48X Max CD-ROM or 16X DVD-ROM drive.
All of these features can be combined with the new carbon and silver Compaq P910 (19 inch) or Compaq P1210 (22 inch) CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitor. Both the Compaq P910 and Compaq P1210 monitors feature a .24mm aperture grille pitch for outstanding color and clarity, and a consistent form factor for stylistic continuity across a customer's entire inventory.
Additional information on the Compaq Evo W6000 and W8000 workstations can be found at Compaq's PressPaq Web site at http://www.compaq.com/newsroom/presspaq/052101/index.html
Compaq Evo Thin Client T20 - Significantly Reducing Customer Total Cost of Ownership
The new Compaq Evo Thin Client T20 is a legacy-free (no serial, parallel ports or PCMCIA slots) client device that connects over a network to a server that handles all processing and storage. About the size of a paperback book, the slim, stylish Evo Thin Client T20 features either a Windows NTe or Windows CE operating system, a National Semiconductor 300 MHz processor, up to 64 MB of FLASH memory, up to 96 MB of DRAM memory and four USB ports. Some models include an integrated Internet Explorer Web browser, making it the ideal low-cost solution for Internet and intranet access requirements.
The Evo Thin Client T20 is designed for corporate departments focused on dramatically reducing Total Cost of Ownership in environments ranging from task oriented groups such as call centers and reservations centers to general office productivity groups. Support for Citrix ICA6, Microsoft RDP5, terminal emulations and device drivers make the Evo Thin Client T20 perfect for connecting directly to legacy systems, while still functioning as a thin client for newer, graphical applications such as Microsoft Office.
Also announced with the Evo Thin Client T20 is Rapport Administrative Software for Compaq. This management tool enables administrators to manage thin clients, distribute software upgrades and create reports from a central point of control. The software includes capabilities such as: ability to schedule updates at various times, automatically confirm image and update client, and the reporting and database management of clients, their images, and updates.
Rapport Administrative Software for Compaq is available immediately and is offered in an enterprise or workgroup version. Aggressively priced at $399, the Compaq Evo Thin Client T20 is expected to ship in June and will come bundled with the workgroup version of Rapport.
Additional information on the Compaq Evo Thin Client T20 can be found on the Compaq Evo PressPaq at http://www.compaq.com/newsroom/presspaq/052101/index.html