Motherboards deliver full protection for everyday computing.

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In addition to overcurrent protection, P5Q series incorporates ESD protection that surpasses EU static electricity standards - even for each USB port. ASUS Data Guardian (TPM support) protects data security by creating virtual folder protected by encryption key stored on USB portable drive. Without requiring drivers or complex setups, Drive Xpert enhances HDD operation while also securing stored data. Its GUI lets users arrange HDD backups or enhance their transfer rates.

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Enjoy Ultimate Safety and Data Security with ASUS Motherboards

ASUS Motherboards Offer 360° Dimensional Protection through ESD, Overcurrent Protection, Data Security-TPM and Drive Xpert

Taipei, Taiwan; May 10th, 2008 - In order to cater to the safety and security of consumers, ASUS, leading producer of motherboards worldwide, has announced key motherboard innovations to provide users with the ultimate in safety and data security. Available on the P5Q series and other top-notch motherboards, these innovations include ESD and Overcurrent Protection for safeguarding users against electrostatic discharges and overcurrent; as well as the ASUS Data Guardian (TPM) and Drive Xpert for data security and backup. With these features, users will be able to enjoy a full range of protection during everyday computing.

Electrostatic Discharge Protection (ESD)
When users walk on carpets and rugs, leave their cars, or remove some types of plastic packaging, there may be a buildup of electric static charge - sometimes as high as a few kilovolts. When contact is made to electronic devices at this time (especially computers), the accumulated electrical charge can then "jump" into the system through the fingers - creating either a system crash or other errors, or worse still - electrical damage to internal components. As depicted with the image below, the IC's damage was caused by electric static discharge.

The European Union (EU) was the first to require testing for static discharge tolerance, and created a set of standards of protection through strict guidelines and rules (contact discharge of 4 kilovolts and air discharge of 8 kilovolts). In line with the commitment to provide the best possible customer satisfaction, ASUS has designed motherboards that surpasses the EU's strict static electricity standards; and provide users with protection against such static discharge in the most commonly used scenarios - for example the front USB ports. Each USB port on the motherboard is protected against static electricity discharge - something which no other motherboard maker is yet to achieve. This highlights ASUS' true commitment towards consumers - not just in terms of performance, but also to help protect users against static electricity.

Overcurrent Protection for Safe Computing
An overcurrent is a current that exceeds the amperage rating of the external device (flash memory, hard disks and etc.) or other active components in a circuit (e.g. ICs). When you connect an external device (e.g. external HDD) with a flawed circuit into your PC system, it might cause an overcurrent. Without adequate protection, an overcurrent can seriously damage components on the motherboard (e.g. ICs) or even the external device itself. ASUS' motherboards are designed with an installed circuit that acts like fuses and circuit breakers to detect an overcurrent condition when the current reaches a value that will cause an excessive or dangerous temperature rise in conductors - and in doing so, protecting your external devices, ICs and the safety of the users themselves.

ASUS Data Guardian (TPM) for Total Data Security
Increasingly, cyber crime and ID theft are becoming more prevalent, and PC users and business client may face risks to their sensitive data and personal data through unauthorized usage, hackers, stolen hard disk drives, and even loss of critical data through the Internet and emails. The ASUS Data Guardian (TPM support) provides ultimate data security protection for the user's personal data by creating a virtual folder that is protected by an encryption key, and then stored on a USB portable drive - allowing users to store their most valued and secret data safely against unauthorized access. With the ASUS Data Guardian, users will be able to enjoy a secure and protected working environment.

Drive Xpert - The Easy and Safe Way for Data Management
Users usually store their precious photos and favorite music in their computer hard disks. Due to the complexity in traditional backup solutions, and the long amount of time taken for backups, it is seldom convenient or easy to manage these backups; even traditional RAID options - which solve these problems, suffer from hard and complex setup processes. Thus most users do without any form of backup, and run the risk of losing their precious data in the event of crashes or accidental data loss. Without any need for drivers or complex setups, the ASUS exclusive Drive Xpert solves all these dilemmas, and is ideal for anyone who needs to secure their data on their hard drives or enhance hard drive performances without the hassles of complicated configurations. With Drive Xpert´s exclusive user-friendly graphical user interface, users can easily arrange hard drive backups or enhance their hard drive transfer rates - making sure that data is looked after every moment, every day.

ASUS is a leading company in the new digital era. With a global staff of more than 8000 and a world-class R&D design team, the turnover for 2007 was 6.9 billion U.S. Dollars. ASUS has been ranked in Business Week InfoTech 100 for 10 consecutive years, and has been ranked No.1 by the Wall Street Journal Asia for best quality products in Taiwan.

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