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The Quest for Green computing - Australia's top PC builders come together to build Australia's Green PC.

  • 05 August, 2008 11:00

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<strong>The Quest for Green computing – Australia’s top PC builders
come together to build Australia’s Green PC.</strong><br/>
<em>Competition winner is education and government supplier, EDsys IT.</em><br/>
<br/>
<strong>Sydney Australia</strong> – <strong>August 05 2008</strong> –
Western Digital and GIGABYTE UNITED INC, two worldwide technology leaders, jointly
launched a competition in May 2008 designed to rally Australia’s local PC
assemblers to build a Green PC, with a Toyota Prius hybrid car as the Grand Prize.
Western Digital and GIGABYTE UNITED have been championing their respective eco-friendly
technologies and products to help reduce energy waste in PCs: GreenPowerTM technology
from WD and the Dynamic Energy Saver technology in GIGABYTE motherboards.<br/>
The quest to unearth Australia’s Green PC was a huge success, with the companies
receiving over 50 entrants from retailers and system integrators Australia-wide.
The top 9 finalists were chosen by an independent judging panel, which tested
all the PC systems on performance and electricity consumption.<br/>
<br/>
Western Australian-based EDsys IT was announced as the winner. “It was obvious
that EDsys IT spent a lot of time thinking about the configuration of their system,
and how to choose the right components to produce an efficient balance of PC power
savings and performance. The team that put the system together deserves a huge
pat on the back, as the understanding of power saving technologies, both software
and hardware, really shined in the submission.” Explains Nick Race, competition
judge and Technical Editor for Australian Personal Computer Magazine. “EDsys
IT is also working toward ISO14001 environmental management standard compliance,
which guides them to continually monitor and improve the effects of their company
and products have on the environment. In addition, EDsys IT has undertaken an
initiative to offset carbon emissions for the system they ship whereby the company
will plant two native trees for each system they sell.”<br/>
<br/>
EDsys IT Computers General Manager Greg McDougall said, “We are thrilled
to win this award - it has been a long-standing policy at EDsys IT to re-use and
recycle. Our industry as a whole generates an enormous amount of waste and it
is up to all of us to take a proactive role in doing what we can to reduce our
environmental impact.” EDsys IT has now won the Grand Prize Toyota Prius
Hybrid Car as a replacement to one of their fleet vehicles in an effort to further
reduce their environmental impact.<br/>
<br/>
Shirley Koh, Marketing Manager from Western Digital also delivered an address
to the audience and the finalists during the Green PC awards evening, “In
addition to working to help the industry understand our GreenPower technology
and green products, the main message to deliver is: Plan for your next generation.
With great emphasis on going green all over the world, we believe that computing
systems that consume less power and contribute to our environment is a trend that
will continue well into the future. It’s time to tell the Australian public
that green computing technology is here and that power and cost savings in such
systems is possible without impacting performance.”<br/>
<br/>
“GIGABYTE invests heavily in green IT research and development for our motherboard
and other products. After this Green PC campaign we hope that Australia’s
resellers benefit from our R&amp;D and add value to their products by putting
a GIGABYTE Dynamic Energy Saver sticker on their systems,” says Alan Chen,
Managing Director of GIGABYTE Australia. “We want our valued customers to
become part of the green trend in technology as well as ease the environmental
concerns of the wider Australian public.”<br/>
<br/>
"It is inspiring to see Western Digital and GIGABYTE’s commitment to
working with the industry to find the greenest computer dealer". "Having
these vendors provide a forum to encourage PC dealers to develop more efficient
PC's is what is going to assist Australia in reducing the carbon footprint."
Explains Mark Winter the founder of "Computers Off Australia" Campaign.
“"We certainly support these type of initiatives from vendors and encourage
all PC dealers to enter these type of competitions going forward."<br/>
<br/>
The Green PC competition invited all Australian-based PC builders, serving all
sectors in education, government, corporate and home computing, to participate.
The competition set minimum criteria for Green PC configuration, and were judged
based on the effective balance of performance and energy efficiency. The top finalists
were:<br/>
<br/>
CDM Computers from Western Australia (2nd place)<br/>
EDsys IT Computers from Western Australia (Grand Prize Winner)<br/>
Enspire Digital from New South Wales<br/>
Leader Computers from South Australia<br/>
PLE Computers from Western Australia<br/>
Plus Corporation from New South Wales<br/>
RTV Computers from Western Australia<br/>
Scorpion Technology Computer from Victoria<br/>
Yukon IT &amp; Technology from Victoria (3rd place)<br/>
<br/>
<strong>About WD </strong><br/>
WD, one of the storage industry's pioneers and long-time leaders, provides products
and services for people and organizations that collect, manage, and use digital
information. The company produces reliable, high-performance hard drives that
keep users' data accessible and secure from loss. WD applies its storage expertise
to consumer products for external, portable and shared storage applications. <br/>
<br/>
WD was founded in 1970. The company's storage products are marketed to leading
systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers under the Western Digital
and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company's Web site (www.westerndigital.com)
to access a variety of financial and investor information.<br/>
<br/>
<strong>About GIGABYTE UNITED INC.</strong><br/>
GIGABYTE UNITED INC., established in December 2006, is assuming the GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY
Co., Ltd. Brand, which for the past 20 years has been a world-renowned leader
in the motherboard industry. Continuing to focus on its core businesses of GIGABYTE
branded motherboards and graphics cards, GIGABYTE UNITED INC. is committed to
providing our valued customers with the highest quality products and services
featuring the industry’s most innovative design.<br/>
<br/>
In order to meet the challenges of today’s intensely competitive channel
market, GIGABYTE UNITED INC. fully utilizes its key assets including its cutting-edge
research and development team as well as its professional sales and marketing
resources to continue to develop technologies to fit a complete range of digital
life solutions. Now and for the future, GIGABYTE UNITED INC. will continue to
embody the unique spirit and culture, which has made GIGABYTE one of the foremost
brands in the industry. For more information, please visit: www.gigabyte.com.au<br/>
<br/>
Western Digital, WD, and the WD logo are registered trademarks and GreenPower
is a trademark of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. All other brand and product
names mentioned herein are the property of their respective owner.<br/>
<br/>
<strong>PR CONTACT</strong><br/>
Renato Catalan<br/>
Gap Marketing and Management Pty Ltd<br/>
Website: www.gapmarketing.com.au

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