A spokesman for HP said the AccelGalaxy cards won't knock any other graphics cards off the availability list for the workstations.
AccelGalaxy cards, introduced in November, are the top-of-the-line offering from E&S. They come with 31MB of RAM and support the OpenGL system for three-dimensional modeling and visualization tasks.
An HP Kayak XA workstation with a 450 MHz-Pentium II, the AccelGalaxy graphics system, and 128MB of RAM costs about $4,200. A higher-end XU, with a faster hard drive and support for two 450-MHz Pentium II chips, costs an estimated $5,980 with the AccelGalaxy card.
HP offers higher-performance graphics on its fastest workstation, the Kayak XW. That machine is available with HP's Visualize FX-4 and FX-6 cards, which feature graphics accelerated by four or six of HP's PA-RISC chips, respectively.
HP migrated its FX-4 and FX-6 cards from its Unix workstations to its Windows NT workstations.
The FX-6 offers about twice the performance of the AccelGalaxy card.
Unix systems with RISC chips once were dominant in the workstation market, but less expensive Intel/Windows NT workstations have been elbowing in on that territory.
Analysts have said there are more graphics card suppliers in the lucrative workstation market than the market will support.
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