Hewlett Packard (HP) has begun shipping workstations based on Intel's Itanium 2 processors running Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Version 2003.
The company explained that the Windows 64-bit platform takes advantage of the larger memory and higher floating point performance of the 64-bit Itanium architecture, while supporting both 32- and 64-bit environments.
The high-end desktops are targeted at companies deploying applications such as mechanical computer-aided design and analysis, scientific research, oil and gas imagery analysis and software development.
"By working with strategic partners such as Microsoft, we are able to bring our customers increased compatibility and productivity on Itanium 2-based HP workstations," said Jim Zafarana, vice president of worldwide marketing at HP's Workstation Business Unit.
"The single operating system running both technical and business applications is designed to allow our customers to decrease desktop hardware, training and IT costs while increasing performance."
Brian Valentine, senior vice president at Microsoft, added: "Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Version 2003, in combination with HP Itanium 2 workstations, offers customers an ideal platform to meet the demands of next-generation, high-performance computing applications."
Information about pricing and availability is available here.
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