The Californian company said its new Integra, "crosses the boundaries between the PC industry to home entertainment and a wide range of digital multimedia uses." They reckon it'll knock nicely-coloured spots off Apple's i- and eMacs.
Northgate says its will be using Intel P4 and Microsoft Windows XP Home to compete against the Apple eMac and iMac market place. It claims Apple users can expect a minimum of 35 per cent increase in performance at 35-40 per cent less cost.
A spokesman for the company said the integrated P4 processor would "run circles around" the Apple iMac G4. "It does not even belong on the same performance chart," he added.
The Integra features either a 15- or 17-inch TFT screen. It includes a built-in sub-woofer and 5.1 channel speaker jacks as standard, comes with DVD, and CDR-W, and DVD software. A firewire interface and four USB 2.4 ports togther with a bundle of multimedia software and built-in firewall complete the Mac-trumping specs.
Prices for the system start at $1099.
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