Compaq has announced a series of workstations based on the new 333 MHz Intel Pentium II processor. At the same time, the company is cutting the price of its older models by as much as 25 percent, with its entry-level workstation now just below $2.000.
Compaq is offering the 333 MHz Pentium II in single and dual processor configurations in its Personal Workstation 5100 and 6000 product lines.
A single-processor (but dual-processor capable) Compaq Professional Workstation 5100 with 333 MHz Pentium II, with 64 MB of RAM, a 4 GB hard disk and a Matrox Millennium II graphics board is priced at $3,964 (US list price). For a dual-processor capable Professional Workstation 6000 with one 333 MHz Pentium II, 64 MB of RAM, a 4 GB hard disk and an Elsa GLoria Synergy graphics board, list price is $4,194.
Reduced pricing on Compaq's existing models brings a dual-processor capable Professional Workstation 5000 with 32 MB of RAM, a 2 GB hard disk and a 2D graphics board down to $1,999.
According to recent data from IDC, Compaq ranked third in workstation market share in 1997, being preceded only by Hewlett-Packard and Sun. These data included both Unix and NT workstations.
Compaq said it shipped its 100,000th workstation in January, just 15 months after entering the market.
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