HP Introduces Entry-level Workstation with Unprecedented Price to Performance Ratio


Convertible Mini-tower Workstation Provides Flexibility, Reliability and Hyperthreading Technology


PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 14, 2003-- HP (NYSE: HPQ) today announced its latest entry-level workstation, the Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4-based HP Workstation xw4100, which is designed to provide customers with computational and visualization performance, reliability and support with an affordable manufacturer's suggested retail price of $799.(1)

The HP Workstation xw4100 uses the new Intel 875P high-performance chipset and it includes Intel Performance Acceleration Technology for enhanced system performance due to reduced memory access latencies. The workstation also is optimized for Intel Hyper-Threading Technology to efficiently run multiple applications simultaneously and to speed processor-intensive tasks.

The device's innovative convertible mini-tower and tool-less chassis are designed to provide mechanical computer-aided engineering (MCAD/CAE), digital content creation (DCC), geographic information systems (GIS) and finance customers with the flexibility they need for their work environments. The versatile chassis allows the HP xw4100 to go easily from deskside to desktop and improves serviceability and heat management. The workstation also features a convenient front-access input/output panel and two USB v2.0 ports.

The affordably priced HP Workstation xw4100 delivers optimized performance and reliability with professional OpenGL and multi-display 2D graphics and application certifications for entry-level 2D and 3D MCAD and 2D animation, video editing and publishing users.

"HP workstations are intelligently engineered for high reliability, which should allow for excellent application performance while providing exceptional return on investment," said Jim Zafarana, worldwide marketing manager, HP Workstation Global Business Unit. "The HP xw4100 delivers on that promise by offering customers unprecedented value and performance without compromising reliability."

The HP Workstation xw4100 builds on HP's industry lead in workstation performance set by the HP Workstation xw5000.(2) The HP xw4100 takes uniprocessor compute power to the next level with faster processor front side bus speeds, greater memory bandwidth and Intel's Performance Acceleration Technology.

The HP xw4100 supports Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 2000 Professional and Windows XP Professional, while support for the Red Hat Linux operating system is expected to be available in June.

HP works closely with leading software and hardware applications providers to test and certify their offerings on HP workstations. Applications certified for the HP Workstation xw4100 include, but are not limited to:

-- For MCAD users: Autodesk AutoCAD Inventor and Revit; Aveva CADCenter; Bentley MicroStation; CoCreate OneSpace; Dassault Catia V5; SolidWorks; SolidEdge; EDS PLM Solutions I-deas NX, EDS PLM Solutions Unigraphics NX, ICEM Surf; MSC.Patran PTC Pro/ENGINEER 2001 Windows; PTC Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire Linux.
-- For DCC users: Adobe(R) Premiere and After Effects; Alias/Wavefront Studio and Maya; Avid Xpress DV; Canopus DV Storm2; Discreet 3D Studio MAX and Combustion; Matrox RT.x100; Media100 iFinish; NewTek Lightwave and Aura; Pinnacle Edition DV; Side Effects Houdini.

Pricing and Availability

The HP Workstation xw4100 has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $799. This model and the entire HP workstation product line are available directly from HP or through authorized HP resellers. Further details are available at http://www.hp.com/go/workstations.

About HP

HP is a leading global provider of products, technologies, solutions and services to consumers and businesses. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. HP completed its acquisition of Compaq Computer Corporation on May 3, 2002. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.

(1) Actual prices may vary.

(2) SPEC organization benchmarks. HP xw5000 won 10 of 11 SPEC apc/opc workstation benchmarks. Feb. 5, 2003.

Note to Editors: Intel and Pentium are U.S. trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corp.

Microsoft and Windows are U.S. registered trademarks of Microsoft Corp. Adobe is a registered trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the possibility that the market for the sale of certain products and services may not develop as expected; that development and performance of these products and services may not proceed as planned; and other risks that are described from time to time in HP's Securities and Exchange Commission reports, including but not limited to HP's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended January 31, 2003, and subsequently filed reports. If any of these risks or uncertainties materializes or any of these assumptions proves incorrect, HP's results could differ materially from HP's expectations in these statements. HP assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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