HP Claims First Workstation Ultrabook
HP revamps its Z workstation line by packing Haswell processors into a tiny package and upgrading its mobile and desktop offerings with the latest chips and expansion technologies.Hewlett-Packard today officially announced its new Z workstation and display slate, including the "industry's first workstation Ultrabook," according to Jim Zafarana, vice president and general manager of HP's Commercial Solutions Business Unit. HP is "recommitting to the high-performance user," said Zafarana during a during a Sept. 4 preview for the press, analysts and select customers in New York City, where company executives previewed the revamped Z portfolio. Despite recent turbulence in the market that roiled the IT industry, he asserted that the "workstation market is now a growing market again" and, despite fewer vendors tackling the segment, HP will continue to churn out workstations for the finance, film and television, and oil and exploration industries. "HP is leading the recovery of the market," said Zafarana. In a statement, he added that "the expansion of the Z portfolio demonstrates HP's commitment to the professional market that many other vendors have abandoned." Citing mobile workstation market statistics from IDC, Jimmy Holbert, HP Mobile Workstation lead, said that his company had "No. 1 market share worldwide." HP claimed 42.5 percent of the market during the second quarter, compared with Dell's 34.9 percent and Lenovo's 20.9 percent. To keep that momentum going, HP is rolling out new Intel Haswell-powered portable workstations, including the ZBook 14 Ultrabook, which Zafarana revealed in dramatic fashion by opening a shell consisting of a conventional laptop and plucking the thin device from its innards.
The thin ZBook 14 (0.83 inches) ships in October and will be available with Intel Haswell processors, up to 16GB of RAM and 14-inch LED-backlit displays that are available in a 10-point touch-enabled variant and in resolutions of up to 1,920 by 1,080. OS options include Windows 8 64-bit and Pro 64-bit, Windows 7 Pro, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 and FreeDOS.