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New Pentium II workstations for HP

Hewlett-Packard releases five new Kayak workstations based around the Intel's fastest Pentium II.

Hewlett-Packard released five new Kayak workstations based around Intel's fastest Pentium II microprocessor, currently the company's top-of-the-line chip.

The new products essentially constitute a speed increase in HP's PC workstation line. At present, HP's PC workstations top out at 300-MHz.

While the new 333-MHz models will bring HP machines on par, processor-wise,

HP Kayak workstation
HP Kayak workstation
with offerings from competitors, the machines will likely be eclipsed by workstations based around the upcoming, and more powerful, "Slot 2" Pentium II design. Slot 2 processors, which will run at 400 MHz and above, are due in the middle of the year with workstations based around the chip following soon after.

The new workstations also come on the heels on a recent study from International Data Corporation that shows HP held both the No. 1 market position in PC workstations and combined workstations, when PC and Unix workstations are added together.

At the high end, HP is introducing the Desktop HP Kayak XW, with 333-MHz processor, 128MB of memory, and a 4.5GB hard drive, for an estimated street price of $10,900. At the lower end of the spectrum is the HP Kayak XA, featuring a 333-MHz processor, 64MB of memory, and a 6.4GB hard disk, for an estimated street price of $2,670.