Hewlett-Packard launched a range of workstation and PC models incorporating new Intel chips last week. HP Kayak XA, XA-s, XU an XW PC workstations will include the new Pentium II 450MHz processor from Intel, together with the Intel 440BX AGP chip set, while the Brio and Vectra PC ranges will use Celeron and Pentium II chips. Priced at #1,570 and shipping in this month, the Kayak XA will offer a choice of 2D or entry-level 3D graphics, and is aimed at applications such as advanced spreadsheet manipulation, financial modelling and digital content creation. The Kayak XA-s will be priced from #1,990 to #2,565 depending on configuration, and will be available as a desktop or a minitower. Configured with 128Mb of SDRAM expandable to 768Mb, the XA-s comes with either a 10.1Gb Ultra ATA or 9.1Gb Ultra Wide SCSI hard drive. The Kayak XU will support two processors and CL2 ECC SDRAM expandable to 1Gb, HP FastRAID and the option of Fast Wide Ultra SCSI 4.5Gb or 9Gb Seagate Cheetah drives. Aimed at the graphics market, the Kayak XW will be priced from #6,255 to #10,600 and will include Unix/Win-dows NT interoperability software for seamless integration between the two operating systems. The XA-s, XU and XW will ship in October. HP 01344 360000.
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