On the same day that Dell detailed its new "streaming computing" solution for centralized desktop computing, the PC vendor also added to its workstation lineup.
Starting Oct. 11, Dell began taking orders for the new Precision T3400 workstation, which can be configured as either a tower or desktop computer. Dell is offering the new workstation for a starting price of $1,000, according to the company's Web site.
In September, Dell added to its mobile workstation lineup the Precision M6300, which offers a 17-inch display and an SSD (solid state drive) option. Although Dell has been steadily losing market share to rival Hewlett-Packard, workstations are one area in which Dell has managed to outperform HP. An IDC report early in 2007 found that Dell had accounted for 46 percent of worldwide personal workstation shipments in the first quarter of 2007, while HP was second with 33 percent.
The Precision T3400 workstation offers a number of dual- and quad-core Intel Core 2 Duo processors, including the QX6850, which came to market earlier in 2007, offering four processing cores, a clock speed of 3.0GHz, a total of 8MB of Level 2 cache and a 1333MHz front side bus. The workstation also features Intel's X38 Express chip set.