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HP Completes Its Offerings for Retailers with Introduction of HP rp5000 Point-of-sale Device

HP rp5000 Designed to Meet the Unique Demands of Retailers

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today unveiled the HP rp5000 point-of-sale (POS) device that brings HP technology from the back office onto the retail floor, completing the company's full line of offerings for retailers.

The HP rp5000 POS is an open-standards based platform that has been customized to withstand the rigors of the retail environment with enhanced peripheral support via powered serial and USB ports, enhanced power and cooling capabilities, as well as components that combine the functionality of popular proprietary systems with the low price and flexibility of PC-based POS systems.

"The rp5000 brings together the best traits of the PC with those of a high-quality, reliable POS system," said Leigh Morrison, vice president, retail sales and solutions, HP Enterprise Systems Group. "This device is truly the future of transaction management at the point of sale."

The introduction of the rp5000 is an example how HP is implementing its recently announced Adaptive Enterprise strategy to improve the ability of customers to respond to and capitalize on change, as well as their return on investment in IT.

Expected to be available by end of summer, the system's long, five-year lifecycle and industry-standard PC-based architecture make it easy for retailers to gradually transition from more expensive, proprietary POS systems. The combination of increased flexibility, manageability and low purchase price significantly reduces total cost of technology ownership for retail customers.

"The rp5000 is adaptable, cost-effective to acquire and operate, and able to power a broad range of applications," said Robert Corbett, director, retail industry solutions, HP Enterprise Systems Group. "It is made for forward-thinking retailers who want to have all the features of the very latest POS offerings, but who are keen to buy this at a PC-POS price.

The HP rp5000 POS device features four powered serial ports, four powered USB 2.0 ports, two standard USB 2.0 ports and two full height PCI slots for maximum connectivity to today's most common POS peripherals and tomorrow's high-speed USB 2.0 devices.

The configurable rp5000 incorporates embedded technology from Intel, including the Intel® Pentium® 4 processor with the 845GV chipset, and a choice of Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP Embedded or Microsoft XP Professional operating systems.

"The HP POS solution is an ideal platform for the development and deployment of retail-specific applications," said Brian Scott, general manager, retail and hospitality industry solutions group, Microsoft Corp. "HP's rp5000, powered by Windows XP Embedded, offers retailers a rich set of retail-oriented features, including remote boot functionality, a Device Update Agent to aid in deployment and management, dual-display support, enterprise-class connectivity, and an extended support lifecycle to meet the needs of retailers."

"HP's new Intel Pentium 4 processor-based POS system, the rp5000, will offer retailers the ability to transform their store environments to better manage their business and improve customers shopping experience," said Tom Gibbs, director of industry marketing, software market development group, Intel. "We're delighted to be working with HP to help retailers take advantage of Intel open-standards based technology to build flexible, high-performance solutions to improve the customers' experience in the store, reduce operating cost and improve inventory management processes. "

The device is designed to maximize space in constrained work areas, such as check-out areas, by allowing retailers to position it on the cash wrap or mounted vertically or horizontally under the cash wrap. It is also designed for easy serviceability with single latch entry into the unit, tool-less drive and motherboard removal, and rotating drive cage. Color-coded cables make set up easy, as well.

In addition to the new rp5000, HP offers other in-store technologies such as wireless networking, kiosks, printing, imaging and messaging solutions, as well as store-to-headquarters infrastructure. It also offers the services expertise to link these systems into a dynamic extended retail enterprise with solutions for Right-Now-Retailing such as: ZLE, eCRM, payment systems, financials, merchandising, and supply chain and remote store management.

HP Services also can customize comprehensive solutions or integrate new clients into a retailer's legacy system to extend their useful life.

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