Compaq Computer and Sun Microsystems launched products this week to extend their ranges in the lucrative workstation sector.
Sun revealed two high-end additions to its workstation range. Performance on its Ultra 10 workstation has been increased by upgrading the Sparc processor to 333Mhz and adding more cache memory.
Sun has also announced an Ultra 450 for the most demanding workstation applications around as it can run up to four processors and comes with minimum 512Mb of memory. Prices for the two-processor model start at $32,865.
At the opposite end of the market, Compaq is to offer a very low-end workstation, the AP200, running a single Pentium II processor and with a basic configuration. It will sell for 10 per cent less than its higher specification counterpart, the AP400, at just $2,350.
Later this year Compaq will attempt to move further up the value chain than it has done with existing models. The SP range will ship in the third quarter, running Intel's Xeon processor, while at some later date the company is expected to reveal the XP range, based around the Alpha processor and competing with Sun at the top end.
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