Digital Equipment is the first vendor to ship PCs featuring Intel's NLX motherboard specification, which claims to offer easy servicing and upgrade.
Digital, which helped to develop the NLX extensions to the motherboard, said the new PCs would offer customers lower cost of ownership because they are easier to maintain. NLX is designed to give easy access to the motherboard, disk and other system components so that parts can be inspected, replaced or upgraded in a simple operation.
The new design will ship in all new PC models from Digital. Howard Elias, Digital's vice president of the PC business unit, said the new design also cuts complexity and costs of manufacturing PCs, and those benefits are passed on to the customers. Prices on the company's Venturis and Celebris ranges, based on Pentium and Pentium Pro respectively, were slashed by between six and 22 per cent. This was partly because of economies derived from NLX, partly a move to counter recent price cuts from competitors such as Compaq.
Digital first introduced a new enclosure design featuring some early NLX elements in its Venturis value line and has now extended it to all desktops including the high end Celebris and the Personal Workstation, and to tower and deskside configurations.
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