HP Delivers Industry’s First PCs to Meet ENERGY STAR 4.0 Hardware Requirements

HP today announced the industry’s first business PCs configurable to meet the hardware standards of ENERGY STAR® 4.0 – the new, stringent energy-efficiency specification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

HP’s new energy-efficient business desktop PCs use less power, which is better for the environment and helps customers reduce energy costs.

HP is also the first major PC manufacturer to offer “80 percent efficient” power supplies, a key component of the ENERGY STAR 4.0 regulations that go into effect on July 20, 2007.

HP lab tests have found that configuring PCs with the optional 80 percent efficient power supplies along with the other ENERGY STAR 4.0 hardware requirements can reduce total system power consumption as much as 52 percent, translating into an average annual cost savings ranging from $6 to $58 per PC.(1)

“As a leader in energy efficiency, PG&E supports new technology designed to reduce the energy needed to operate computers,” stated Roland Risser, director, Customer Energy Efficiency, PG&E, the largest investor-owned gas and electric utility in the State of California. “We look forward to working with HP to accelerate the use of computers with 80 percent efficient power supplies and help consumers take advantage of new energy savings opportunities.”

The HP Compaq dc5700, dc5750 and dc7700 desktop PCs are designed to meet business customers’ growing requirements for more efficient power management and cooling. Customers using PCs configured to meet the ENERGY STAR 4.0 requirements can benefit from increased system reliability, reduced system maintenance costs, as well as decreased air conditioning costs — all due to less heat generation, which can also greatly extend the life of the system. These technologies also make it easier for federal agencies to comply with Executive Order 13123, which requires them to strive to meet ENERGY STAR criteria to increase energy performance and environmental quality.

“Our expanding family of energy-efficient desktop PCs not only help business customers meet upcoming regulatory requirements, but also reduce the impact on the environment by meeting the EPA’s most stringent ENERGY STAR requirements yet,” said Jeri Callaway, senior vice president and general manager, Personal Systems Group — Americas, HP. “HP is taking an industry leadership role in the delivery of energy-efficient desktops as we focus on delivering specialized product design tailored to meet the needs of businesses today.”

Select HP Compaq dc5700 and dc7700 business desktop PCs meeting the ENERGY STAR 4.0 hardware specifications are available now and feature Intel® Core 2TM Duo processors, Microsoft Windows® XP Pro, 80 GB hard drives, 1 GB of memory and DVD/CD-RW combo drives, starting at $899 and $959, respectively.(2)

ENERGY STAR 4.0 configurations are also available for the HP Compaq dc5750 business desktop with AMD AthlonTM processors, Microsoft Windows XP Pro, 80 GB hard drives, 512 MB of memory and DVD/CD-RW combo drives, starting at $609.(2)

Building on a legacy of environmental features for business PCs

The new ENERGY STAR 4.0 desktop configurations advance HP’s ongoing effort to adopt new power-efficient technologies and to provide its business customers with environmentally responsible desk-based PCs.

The company works diligently with industry and government groups to promote energy-saving programs and consistent global standards; in fact, HP was the first PC manufacturer to sponsor the 80PLUS program, a utility-funded incentive program to integrate energy-efficient power supplies into PCs and servers.

HP today also has nearly 50 Silver or Bronze-level products registered with the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), a procurement tool that helps public and private sector institutional purchasers evaluate, compare and select PCs and monitors based on their environmental attributes. U.S. federal agencies are now mandated to buy EPEAT registered products.

In addition, the HP Compaq dc5750 business PC introduced late last year was the first global technology provider to offer customers a processor option that consumed less power, with the help of AMD 35-watt processors and its Cool ‘n’ Quiet® technology, which reduces processor heat and results in an overall cooler PC and a quieter work environment.

The company was also the first major PC manufacturer to ship an S3 power management-ready system, which saves energy by automatically switching the PC into a standby, low-power mode after a period of inactivity. Enabled by default on all HP business desktop PCs, S3 power management conserves up to 294 kWh per desktop PC annually. According to HP testing, that yearly savings of energy is enough to power a 75-watt light bulb burning continuously over that same year.

Business customers can also choose from a wide variety of low-power remote client solutions from HP, including the blade PC-based Consolidated Client Infrastructure as well as thin clients, which can deliver as much as 80 percent power savings over traditional desktops with similar capabilities.(3)

Additional information on the broad range of energy-efficient HP products is available at www.hp.com/go/energy.

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