The announcement marks a further blurring of the distinctions between desktop PCs and personal workstations. Usually, personal workstations used for applications such as CAD (computer-aided design) or Web content creation feature Intel Pentium Pro processors running Microsoft's Windows NT operating system. Intergraph's new systems feature either a Pentium processor or a Pentium Pro processor running Windows 95.
The company says that the new models will be priced competitively with desktop PCs from companies such as Dell while offering Intergraph's 2D and 3D graphics accelerator cards used in more expensive Pentium Pro-based workstations.
The new systems are currently available through current resellers as well as a section of the company's Web site called Intergraph Express.
The TD-22 with a 133-MHz Pentium processor starts at $1,185; the TD-25 with a 166-MHz Pentium with MMX starts at $1,485; and the TD-220 with a 180-MHz Pentium Pro starts at $1,680. The systems will be available May 5.
Models in the TD PC product line will include Intergraph's InterSite software that allows IS managers to monitor a computer's power consumption and temperature as well as alert them if the PC's box is opened or altered.
Future models in the TD PC line will be available with the next generation of Pentium Pro, called the Pentium II. The Pentium II will include MMX technology, which aims to improve performance of multimedia functions and is expected to be introduced in May.
|Intergraph personal workstations|
|Model||Processor||Base price||Processor Options|
||133 MHz||$1,185||166, 200 MHz|
166 MHz MMX
200 MHz MMX
|All systems include Intense 3D 100 graphics, 16MB of RAM, 1.7GB hard disk, and Windows 95. Other customer configurations are available.|