HP Launches RISC-Based Workstation
HP is rolling out a RISC-based workstation that officials said will boost performance at almost half the price of the current model.Hewlett-Packard Co. is rolling out a RISC-based workstation that officials said will boost performance at almost half the price of the current model. The key to the Workstation c8000, which is being released Tuesday, is its use of the new PA-8800 processor at 900MHz or 1GHz, a dual-core chip that will enable the two-way system to do the work of a four-way workstation, said Rachel McClary, worldwide product marketing manager for workstations at HP. The chip also can run the companys Unix-based HP-UX 10.20, 11 and 11i applications, and is binary compatible with the 8700+ chip, McClary said.
In addition, the workstation, which starts at $9,312, includes HPs zx1 chip set that offers low latency and high bandwidth capabilities, with up to 25 percent lower memory latency than the 8700+. It also is the same chip set used in the companys Itanium-based systems, a key step along the migration path toward HPs standardization on Intel Corp.-based processors, including the 64-bit Itanium processor.