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HP Introduces Affordable, Entry-Level Workstation

Hewlett-Packard Co. is rolling out an entry-level workstation based on Intel Corp.'s new 3GHz Pentium 4 microprocessor and accompanying 875P chip set for an industry standard low retail price of $799. The HP Workstation xw4100 enhanced system offers performance acceleration, due to reduced memory access latencies, and hyperthreading technology to efficiently run multiple applications simultaneously and to speed processor-intensive tasks.

The device's innovative convertible mini-tower and tool-less chassis are designed to provide mechanical computer-aided engineering (MCAD/CAE), digital content creation (DCC), geographic information systems (GIS) and finance customers with the flexibility they need for their work environments. Easier to upgrade and maintain, the workstation also features a convenient front-access input/output panel and two USB v2.0 ports.

The HP Workstation xw4100 delivers optimized performance and reliability with professional OpenGL and multi-display 2D graphics and application certifications, according to Jim Zafarana, worldwide marketing manager, HP workstation global business unit, for entry-level 2D and 3D MCAD and 2D animation, video editing and publishing users.

The xw4100 offers attributes from HP and Compaq Computer Corp., which HP bought in May 2002. Hyperthreading, according to Intel, enables a chip to work as two virtual processors, and the performance acceleration increases the data flow between the processor and system memory. The HP xw4100 supports Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP Professional. Linux operating system support is expected to be available in June 2003. HP works closely with most leading software and hardware applications providers to test and certify their offerings on HP workstations.

This model and the entire HP workstation product line are available directly from HP or through authorized HP resellers. Further details are available at Palo Alto, California-based HP is a leading global provider of products, technologies, solutions and services to consumers and businesses. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing.