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New HP PC has solid-state hard drive

Flash-based business PC launched in the US

HP has launched a business desktop PC in the US which features a slim form factor and a flash-based solid-state drive, giving the system faster boot times than PCs with hard drives.

The HP Compaq dc7800 Ultra-Slim Business Desktop, dubbed by HP as its smallest enterprise desktop model, provides improved power efficiency and support for tools, including Intel's vPro, that makes it easier to manage PCs.

Measuring 2.60 by 9.90 by 10.0in, the desktop is 46 percent smaller than previous models, according to HP. The PC is loaded with power-efficient features, including solid-state drives (SSDs) that consume less power than hard drives, said an HP spokeswoman.

The SSD can replace a hard disk as the PC's primary storage drive and delivers performance and durability improvements, including quicker access to data, durability, the spokeswoman said.

Random reads require the head to continuously seek the exact location of data on a hard drive. SSDs have no moving parts or rotating platters, which results in instantaneous seek times, leading to faster boot times and quicker data access.

A 16GB SSD will be available with the system, although users can select hard drives with storage capacities of up to 160GB when buying the product.

The system includes support for Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2, a hardware-based authentication technology for system security.

The Compaq dc7800 Ultra-Slim Business Desktop runs Intel's Core 2 Duo, Celeron D or Pentium processors, and supports Intel's vPro technology, a platform that helps service and manage PCs. It comes with Gigabit ethernet and an integrated Intel graphics media accelerator. Users can select between the Windows Vista, Windows XP or FreeDos operating systems.

Pricing for the desktop, which is available in the US now, starts at $1,258 (£625) with the solid-state drive.

There are already a few vendors that include SSDs in their hardware. Dell's Alienware, a gaming systems manufacturer, includes them in its gaming desktop PCs and Toshiba includes SSDs in its laptops. Intel is providing SSD storage as an option to put on motherboards for its upcoming ultramobile Menlow platform, and Lexar Media is offering SSD storage under the Crucial brand.


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