Hoping to steal market share from Unix vendors, Compaq Computer today announced that it is forming a new division to build workstations aimed at high-end technical users.
Compaq workstation systems are expected to begin shipping in the fourth quarter, priced from $7,000 and reaching as much as $30,000.
The company is also working to port Unix-only computer-aided design, content development, and financial services software applications to Windows NT.
This marks Compaq's second attempt at cracking the workstation market. The company formed an alliance with a handful of Unix vendors several years ago in an attempt to build a Compaq-branded workstation lineup. That alliance soon dissolved without resulting in any new products.