Hewlett-Packard this week wrenched its gaze from the high-end PC market with the announcement of an entry-level PC workstation priced at $3500.
The HP Kayak PC Workstation, which runs Windows NT, is designed for computation-intensive applications including financial modelling, digital content creation and 2-D and entry-level 3-D mechanical design, officials claimed. Existing Kayak models are now available running Intel's new 450MHz processor, and HP also announced that its entry level Kayak, the XA, now incorporates Intel's 440BX AGP chip set.
The Kayak XA is available as a desktop or minitower and includes 128MB of 100MHz SDRAM, expandable to up to 768MB and one of three hard drives, from 4.3GB up to 9.1GB, the company said.
The other HP Kayak PC Workstation models, the XA-s, XU and XW, are also available with the 450MHz Pentium II processor, HP said.
The HP Kayak PC Workstations also offer HP MaxiLife, new for the XA model. MaxiLife is an embedded monitoring system that includes an LCD mounted on its front panel which provides hardware-monitoring messages, warnings and status reports, according to the company.