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Intergraph now in PCs, notebooks

The workstation maker unveils its first notebook and low-cost PCs after a legal ruling says it will have a supply of Intel processors.

Intergraph unveiled its first notebook and low-cost PCs in the wake of a legal ruling that ensures that the company will have a supply of Intel processors to use in the systems.

The new products are part of an effort by the Alabama company, primarily known for its high-end workstations and graphics products, to move more into the mainstream of the PC market.

Last Friday, a federal appeals court upheld an earlier injunction that said Intel must resume shipments of processors to Intergraph even as Intergraph's lawsuit against the chipmaker proceeds.

Today, the company unveiled the TD-100 PC for the corporate market, which includes a 166-MHz Pentium MMX processor and a 2.1GB hard drive for $949. Intergraph also unveiled the TD-50, its first notebook, which will ship with a 166-MHz Pentium processor and 12.1-inch dual-scan display for $1,995.

"These are complementary products to the workstations and servers we already offer," said Shelley Miller, a company spokeswoman. Noting that many customers are looking to work with a single vendor, she said the additions to the product line would enable customers to get hardware and software technical support from one vendor.

"They have seen a move towards hardware standardization among their customers, and they are looking to step in and address that by offering desktops downstream of their workstations. They saw the potential for their niche eroding," said Kevin Hause, senior analyst with International Data Corporation.

Intergraph's previous efforts to sell desktops have been hurt by waffling between selling the systems through their workstation resellers and selling the systems direct, Hause added.

Intergraph also announced the InterServe 800, a new server that ships with either one or two Pentium II processors, 32MB of memory, and a 4GB hard disk drive starting at $5,700.

Last year, Intergraph filed a federal lawsuit against Intel alleging that the Santa Clara, California, company cut off its supply of microprocessors because it refused to license Intel its "Clipper" technology. (Intel is an investor in CNET: The Computer Network.)