HP, IBM add muscle to workstations

HP, IBM add muscle to workstations

Vendors are quickly releasing workstations powered by Intel's new 450MHz Pentium II processors and 440BX chip set, with Hewlett-Packard announcing new products based on the technology while IBM is upgrading its existing IntelliStation line of workstations.

The vendors are also showcasing graphics options in their workstation offerings.

IBM has announced its IntelliStation E Pro and M Pro workstations, powered by 450MHz Xeon processors. The M Pro is available with one or two processors, up to 1GB of memory, and the Intergraph Intense 3D Pro 3400 card. Users can also optionally include the Intergraph Intense 3D Pro 3400 GA geometry and lighting accelerator on the M Pro.

Hewlett-Packard has also announced an upgrade to its XA Kayak PC work-station to the new Intel chip set and processors. Like the IBM and Intergraph offerings, the XA will feature a choice of graphics subsystems, including the Matrox Millennium G200 Accelerated Graphics Port video card or the ELSA Gloria Synergy+ 3D graphics card.

HP is also highlighting the manageability of the new machine. The XA will be supplied with HP's MaxiLife monitoring system, TopTools management software, and the company's new Windows NT application deployment and system image recovery tool called ConfigTailor. Customers can outfit the XA with 4.3GB-to-6.4GB Ultra ATA or 9.1GB Ultra SCSI disk drives and up to 768MB of 100MHz synchronous DRAM memory, officials said.

An HP Kayak XA PC Workstation desktop, or mini-tower, with a 350MHz Pentium II processor, 4.3GB hard drive, 64MB RAM and a Matrox Millennium G200 graphics card will be priced at approximately $1900.

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