Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday pumped up the graphics and processing power on its line of business workstations, introducing a quad-core desktop the company calls the "mother of all workstations."
The new HP XW8600 Workstation will include two quad-core Intel processors and enhanced graphics with 2-D or 3-D Nvidia graphics cards carrying memory between 256MB and 512MB, enabling game developers to share 3-D images from different locations, said Jim Zafarana, vice president of marketing at HP, during a company event in San Francisco.
The XW8600 will run Intel quad-core Xeon processors, support up to 128GB of RAM, and have storage of up to 5TB on five hard drives, Zafarana said. It will come with Microsoft's Windows Vista OS or Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
More customers are asking for the ability to better manage and share graphics remotely, especially for oil exploration and scientific imaging, Zafarana said.
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