HP Rolls Out New Workstations

HP has announced a new line of workstations engineered to offer customers increased power, reliability and support at a lower cost. The HP Workstation xw4200, xw6200 and xw8200 boast a convenient tool-less chassis design, best-in-class PCI Express graphics and the latest processor technology from Intel. HP says the new workstations have the power to meet the technological demands of industries such as mechanical computer-aided design and computer-aided engineering (MCAD/CAE), digital content creation (DCC), financial services, oil and gas, and geographic information systems (GIS).

The dual-processor HP Workstation xw6200 and xw8200 promise customers standards-based 64-bit computing by using the new Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology (Intel EM64T), which expands addressable memory space up to 256 terabytes (TB), aiding in the design and manipulation of large data sets or models. Both also use the new Intel E7525 chipset and next-generation Intel Xeon processors. This new technology represents a natural evolution of the x86 architecture and allows customers to leverage the broadest set of industry-standard solutions by being able to run current 32-bit and 64-bit applications on the same Xeon-based workstation.

The HP Workstation xw4200, based on an Intel 925X Express Chipset and Intel Pentium 4 processor with Intel EM64T, will also have Intel EM64T support when available from Intel. According to HP, the xw4200 is ideal for engineers, artists, designers, scientists and other high-performance users that have intense application demands, require large, complex models or data sets and have multi-tasking requirements or extensive graphic needs.

A broad range of new 2D and 3D PCI-Express graphics solutions will be available to provide 3D application performance and expansive 2D screen real estate. Using next-generation DDR-2 memory technology running at 533 MHz, the HP Workstation xw4200 touts 33 percent greater memory bandwidth than HP’s previous entry workstation. The integrated four-channel Serial ATA RAID controller enables high-reliability redundant (mirrored) hard drive arrays or high-performance striped hard arrays.

Offered directly from HP and through its broad network of distribution partners, the new HP Workstation xw4200, xw6200 and xw8200 support Windows XP Professional, as well as Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 3.0 operating systems. The xw6200 and xw8200 are available today and start at around $1,399 and $1,799, respectively. The HP xw4200 is expected to be available in July starting at around $849.