Hewlett Packard has introduced a new Unix workstation powered by a Risc-based processor that it claims can offer four-way performance at two-way prices.
Following the existing c3750 and c3700 Workstations, the c8000 features the latest zx1 chipset found in much of HP's Itanium range; AGP 8X graphics; and is binary-compatible with existing HP-UX 10.20, 11.0 and 11i applications.
HP's PA-8800 processor, also used in the RP3400 server range, features two CPU cores on a single chipset that allows for two two-way processors to run in one machine.
The c8000 has boosted computing power to meet customer demand, said Sue Forkin, HP UK senior product and business development manager for workstations.
"We have used standard low-cost components like optical drives and DDR memory to keep the price point low," she added.
As well as its processing flexibility, the c8000 Workstation boasts support for 16GB of memory and a low-noise cooling system designed to handle the technical workloads of engineers working in automotive, aerospace or electronic design industries.
The c8000 is available today at a starting price of £5,637 excluding VAT.
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