Toshiba Intros Silent Desktop

A "silent" desktop PC with a tool-free sliding drawer for component service hit the market Monday, said Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. in a statement.

Toshiba's small form-factor PC, the Equium 8000S, contains, in basic form, an Intel Celeron 566MHz processor but can be built with a Pentium III 1GHz processor chip, according to Toshiba's statement. Available now, pricing begins at US$800. Toshiba will introduce a mini-tower and a full-size desktop Equium PC in the fourth quarter of 2000, the company said.

The Equium targets a low-power fan over the hottest part of the desktop chassis rather than a louder, higher-powered fan aimed generally at the processor, according to the release. The quieter fan and specially-designed air ducts reduce noise, the company said.

Heat-resistant antistatic foam cradles the hard drive, which helps keep it cool and eliminates the need for tools to remove or upgrade it. The internal components of the computer rest in a slide-out drawer, also requiring no tools to access, the release said.

Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. can be reached in Irvine, California, at +1-949-583-3000 or on the Web at http://www.toshiba.com/.

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