Ik las toevallig bij JC dat onze nationale 'trots' Tulip (ik wist niet eens dat er nog serieus leven in die tent zat) in een press release heeft aangekondigd dat ze een aantal Athlon en Duron systemen voor de professionele markt gaan introduceren. Het eerste systeem dat op de markt komt is de 3000 Euro kostende Vision Line mx met 1,1GHz Thunderbird, 256MB RAM en ATi Radeon videokaart. Voor 1400 Euro heeft Tulip een wat minder heftig modelletje met Athlon 850, 128MB en ATi Rage Fury. Later dit jaar wordt de @ction Line uitgebreid met Duron machines:
Today Tulip Computers (Tulip) has announced that it will introduce PCs based on AMD's Athlon and Duron processors for the professional market. Tulip's professional product range and extended distribution channel in combination with AMD's broad technical knowledge and support will create opportunities for both companies to expand their business into the this market. The first AMD based Tulip PCs have already been shipped.
Synergy Both Tulip and AMD bring particular strength to their co- operation. AMD has recently introduced the Socket A platform for its powerful new seventh generation processors: at the high-end the AMD Athlon, and the AMD Duron in the value PC space. These products fit very well into Tulip's strategy of providing leading edge and reliable technology that offers lasting computing solutions. In addition, Tulip brings a 20-year experience in the European professional IT market and an extended distribution channel to this new co-operation with AMD.
[...] Performance alternative Tulip will be positioning the AMD products as performance alternative to the existing product range based upon an Intel platform. The first model will be the Tulip Vision Line mx with a 1.1GHz Ahtlon CPU, a system that addresses the needs of the high performance user. It will be equipped with a 20 GB high speed drive, 256 MB of memory (PC133), a Combo drive (CD/DVD/CD-RW) and ATI's new Radeon video card with 64MB of DDR SDRAM. The system comes standard with Microsoft Windows 2000 and Microsoft Office 2000 SB and is priced at approximately EURO 3000, -.
For the less power-demanding user Tulip will introduce a configuration based upon an Ahtlon 850 MHz, 20 GB hard disk drive, 128 MB of memory (PC133), a CD-ROM drive and an ATI Rage Fury Pro with 32MB. This model will be shipped for approximately EURO 1400, - when pre-installed with Microsoft Windows 2000 and Word 2000.
Later this year Tulip will expand its Tulip @ction Line range with Duron based products. Once the integration is final, Tulip customers will be able to chose between an Intel of an AMD based PC, whether they want a Tulip @ction or Vision Line product.
Training To enable customers to get the maximum benefit out of using its systems, Tulip offers a wide range of services. These vary from on-site repair to online support and even support for installation and transition activities. Further more Tulip provides computer based training (CBT) on all systems. The CBTs are pre-installed and cover current operating systems as well as software applications in several languages. Tulip regards training of the end user as a major contribution to the efficient use of IT in the professional market. It was the first company to pre- install CBTs on all its systems as standard.