Hewlett Packard announced in the US a new line of home PCs in its Pavilion range targetting the digital imaging market and using processors from Intel and AMD.
The Pavilion 8300 range of PCs has a higher specification than other Pavilion models and comes with an extra, dedicated serial port and bundled software specifically for use with digital cameras.
This is the first time HP has attempted to link its digital camera business with PC products. This range will not be made available in Europe as the market for digital imaging products is not as mature as in the US.
Base configuration 8300 models come with a 333Mhz Pentium II processor, but higher up the range some of the PCs use AMD's new K6-2 processor that is specifically designed to run multimedia applications very fast. HP has generally favoured Intel processors in its PCs. Compaq and IBM also use AMD processors as an alternative offering to Intel.
However analysts note that future versions of Intel's Celeron processor, due out in the fourth quarter, could undercut AMD's prices at a similar level of performance.
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