Hewlett-Packard yesterday launched a range of new Visualize high-performance workstations for both NT and Unix.
The B1000, C3000 and J5000 Unix machines use HP's latest 400MHz PA-Risc chip and a new architecture similar to that of the company's N-class server.
The P450, P500, X500 and X550 machines use Intel 450MHz, 500MHz and 550MHz Pentium III processors with the 440BX (P range) and 440GX (X range) chip sets and run on NT.
The 400MHz PA-Risc chip is already in a mid-range C-class workstation, the C360, but this machine is unable to draw on its full potential because of aging architecture, HP said.
Jim Campbell, HP's technical workstation manager, said the new Unix range represents "a 1999 processor in a 1999 chassis" - and its performance doubles the 1Gbps bus speed achieved previously.
HP has also moved away from its proprietary GSC bus to build in the mainstream PCI architecture, bringing it in line with most modern PCs.
The B1000 will cost £6,142. The C3000, with better graphics capabilities from the C3000, will cost £8,548.
The J5000 has two 440MHz CPUs and will cost £14,060.
A J7000 model, with four CPUs will be available by September. All other models are available now. Prices for the NT machines were not announced.
HP is working toward incorporating both Unix and NT platforms in one machine, Campbell said, following the release of the IA-64 chip in the middle of next year.
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