e_arrows.jpgProductive Product: Hewlett-Packard, walking the road less taken, is using a Via Technologies processor in its new 20-watt desktop computer in China. That's less than half the power required by a PC with a standard AMD or Intel processor.

Using less energy doesn't mean the computer is a slouch. Its specifications are suitable for most consumers, not just in China but anywhere. Via's C7-D processor runs at 1.5GHz. The system supports 1GB RAM, has a 160GB SATA hard drive, and is RoHS-compliant. It's branded as the HP Compaq dx2020, but will it or any similar machines see a global release? That kind of move may actually help chip giants like Intel, which -- coincidence or cause-effect? -- has a licensing deal with Via. Share your thoughts in the comment form below.

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