HOUSTON, March 6, 2000 -
Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE: CPQ), a global leader in consumer computing solutions, today announced the first Internet PC featuring the 1GHz AMD Athlon, the fastest processor in the consumer market. These systems will be available via Compaq's "At Home" Web site and through Compaq's "Built For You" kiosks located in thousands of popular retail stores across the United States. Customers will be able to place orders beginning on Thursday, March 9, 2000.
The award-winning Presario 5900Z Series with the 1GHz AMD Athlon processor is the perfect multimedia tool for the extreme power user and ultimate gamer. The 1GHz AMD Athlon processor makes it possible for consumers to fully take advantage of numerous power-hungry applications, including digital content creation, imaging and graphics development. Additionally, when properly configured, the Presario 5900Z will offer crisp, clear visual images and premium audio sound never before experienced with a consumer PC. The rich combination of incredibly fast microprocessor technology, combined with a diverse set of configurable options, makes the Presario 5900Z an ideal consumer platform for digital video editing, Web site development and advanced gaming possibilities.
"Compaq is committed to developing breakthrough, leading-edge technology solutions that offer a superior computing experience," said Compaq's Mike Larson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Products Group. "From the beginning, our close alliance with AMD allowed us to utilize an engineering design which quickly delivered a 1GHz platform that is a smart investment for power users seeking premium performance at a great price."
The Ultimate PC for the Digital Power User and Gamer
The Presario 5900Z Series PC equipped with a 1GHz AMD Athlon processor delivers the ultimate Internet, home theater and gaming experience. With the growing interest in digital video editing, customers can use the Presario 5900Z Series PC to easily copy, record and edit both audio and video to any media. The Digital Creativity Imaging Center (DCIC), a standard feature of the Presario 5900Z Series, offers two IEEE-1394 ports that allow users to easily and effortlessly attach a variety of popular digital devices to the system, including digital camcorders, scanners, digital cameras and VCRs. With MGI VideoWave IIII software, which is bundled with the Presario 5900Z, consumers can capture, edit and publish high-quality digital movies and still images with a level of professionalism and sophistication virtually unheard of just a few years ago.
"Partnering with a visionary technology company like Compaq helps us bring revolutionary processor performance to consumers," said Rob Herb, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at AMD. "It is exciting to be able to offer the advanced Internet technologies of the Presario 5900Z Series PCs with our high-performance 1GHz AMD Athlon processor."
Pricing for a typical configuration, including 17" (16.0" VIA) monitor, starts at $2,499. This configuration includes 128MB SDRAM, a 30GB(1) hard disk drive, a 40X Max CD-ROM(2), a 56K/V.90 modem(3), a Diamond Stealth 16MB S540 Video Card, JBL Pro Speakers and a 17" (16.0" VIA) CV715 Monitor.
Unprecedented Power with Personalization
Because performance-driven customers tend to have unique customization and personalization requirements, the Presario 5900Z featuring the 1GHz AMD Athlon processor will be sold via Compaq's "At Home" Web site and through Compaq's "Built For You" kiosk
program. These programs offer ultimate configuration customization for consumers by offering a diverse array of popular technologies, including video graphics cards, DVD and CD-RW drives, networking, broadband modems and many other options. Customers will also have the option of conveniently purchasing a Presario 5900Z Series PC by telephoning Compaq's toll-free number, 1-800-888-0220.
For additional information on Compaq's new Presario 5900Z 1GHz PCs or other consumer products, please call 1-800-AT-COMPAQ. For online information, please visit Compaq's Web site at http://www.athome.compaq.com/store/index.asp.
Compaq Computer Corporation, a Fortune Global 100 company, is the largest supplier of computing systems in the world. Compaq designs, develops, manufactures, and markets hardware, software, solutions, and services, including industry-leading enterprise computing solutions, fault-tolerant business-critical solutions, and communications products, commercial desktop and portable products, and consumer PCs.
Compaq products and services are sold in more than 200 countries directly to businesses, through a network of authorized Compaq marketing partners, and directly to businesses and consumers through Compaq's e-commerce Web site at http://www.compaq.com. Compaq markets its products and services primarily to customers from the business, home, government, and education sectors. Customer support and information about Compaq and its products and services are available at http://www.compaq.com.