HP Expands Workstation Series to Include Desk-side, Mobile and Small Form Factor Models
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HP Expands Workstation Series to Include Desk-side, Mobile and Small Form Factor Models

PALO ALTO, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — March 23, 2010 — HP (NYSE: HPQ) today unveiled workstation offerings that include the first small form factor workstation to be available in every region of the world, multicore processor updates to its Z Workstation series and a mobile workstation with DreamColor display technology.

“HP has invested in research and development through the economic downturn, innovating on top of our industry-leading workstations to provide an undeniably differentiated experience in our new products,” said Jim Zafarana, vice president and general manager, Workstations Global Business Unit, HP. “HP customers are famous for pushing the limits of innovation, and as their industries undergo digital transformations, their next generation of breakthroughs is being powered by HP technology.”

Workstation performance in an ultracompact package

With a starting price rivalling those of traditional desktop computers, the HP Z200 SFF breaks new ground with a space-saving design that is almost two-thirds smaller than the Z200 minitower workstation. Tapping the power of Intel’s newest technologies, the HP Z200 SFF offers dual-core processor options based on the new Intel CoreTM i3 and i5 series, as well as quad-core processor options based on the enterprise-class Intel Xeon 3400 series.(1)

The HP Z200 SFF supports up to 16 gigabytes (GB) of ECC memory(2,3) and up to 2 terabytes (TB)(4) of high-speed storage. It also includes professional 2-D and 3-D graphics options. In addition, the HP Z200 SFF is designed for ease of use and serviceability – with a tool-less chassis, convenient USB ports located on the front of the system and a FireWire® 1394a card option.

The HP Z200 SFF Workstation includes an 89 percent efficient power supply, has ENERGY STAR® 5.0 qualified configurations and is registered as Electronics Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT®) Gold, the highest rating available.

Greater parallelism for “megatasking”

Ideal for multithreaded workstation applications such as engineering, 3-D digital content creation, oil and gas, and science, HP Z Workstations with the new Intel Xeon Processor 5600 series offer up to 12 cores with integrated memory controllers, Intel Turbo Boost Technology(5) and Intel Hyper-Threading(6) Technology.

Available on the HP Z800, Z600 and Z400 workstations, the new processors allow for up to 24 threads to run at one time when using two 6-core processors with Hyper-Threading turned on.

The HP Z Workstations offer a variety of options for every need:

“The new Intel Xeon Processor 5600 series runs multithreaded workstation applications up to 45 percent faster than its predecessor, the Intel Xeon Processor 5500 series,” said Anthony Neal-Graves, general manager, Workstations, Intel. “Workstations powered by the new Intel Xeon Processor 5600 series give application developers the reliability, capacity and performance to help them bring innovative ideas to life faster than ever before.”

HP workstations are used by the world’s most demanding power users in industries such as graphic arts, broadcast, computer-aided design (CAD), engineering, medical imaging, finance, and oil and gas exploration. Companies use HP workstations to design everything from running shoes to race cars, animated characters to deep-sea submersibles, and to manage everything from billions of dollars of tradable securities to mission-critical IT environments.

HP is a leader in reducing the environmental impact of its products, often acting first to adopt new solutions designed with the environment in mind. For example, only the HP Z Workstation line includes the exclusive HP WattSaver(7) feature that manages power in the “off” state at less than one watt.

In addition, HP Z Workstations include at least 85 percent efficient power supplies – 89 percent efficient power supply on the HP Z200 and HP Z200 SFF and as an option on the HP Z800 – reducing both overall energy usage and the amount of waste heat released. The HP Z line offers ENERGY STAR 5.0 qualified configurations.

All HP Z Workstations are more than 90 percent recyclable by weight and are registered as EPEAT Gold.

On-the-go performance

The HP EliteBook 8740w Mobile Workstation offers ISV-certified workstation-class performance in a mobile package. Featuring a 17-inch diagonal display, a range of Intel processors including Core i7 Extreme Edition,(8) and support for up to 16 GB of memory, the 8740w can meet the needs of the most demanding applications.

The inclusion of USB 3.0 provides increased bandwidth and performance, while an optional backlit keyboard is offered for the first time on an HP EliteBook.

The DreamColor display option enables professionals to work with deep, accurate colors for precise results every time. Able to display more than 1 billion active colors – 64 times the capabilities of a traditional display – the 8740w utilizes a 30-bit notebook LCD panel to provide a level of color control previously found only on the deskbound HP DreamColor LP2480 Professional Display.

The HP mobile display assistant and optional HP color calibration kit further allow control, adjustment and alignment of the DreamColor notebook display to ensure predictable color.

Workstation-class graphics solutions maximize onscreen performance. The 8740w offers a choice of the ATI FirePro M7820 with 1 GB of GDDR5 video memory or the NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M or NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M – both with 1 GB GDDR3 video memory.

Users selecting the ATI FirePro configuration benefit from Direct X 11 and multidisplay support. Through a single GPU, the mobile workstation can simultaneously support up to four independent display outputs, plus the native notebook panel, for a total of five displays.

The recently announced HP EliteBook 8540w Mobile Workstation also is now available with optional DreamColor display or with the new of ATI FirePro M7820 graphics adapter.

Like other members of the HP EliteBook family, the 8540w and 8740w are engineered to meet the tough MIL-STD 810G military-standard tests for vibration, dust, humidity, altitude, and high and low temperatures,(9) and also are free of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC).(10) HP EliteBook innovations include: HP QuickWeb and HP QuickLook3 to quickly access programs without boot up(11) and HP Power Assistant(12) tools for energy savings. Integrated HP Mobile Broadband powered by Gobi(13) allows users to conveniently access the internet, corporate intranet, email and mission-critical information globally.

The HP advantage

HP Performance Advisor software – preinstalled on HP workstations – automatically tunes the workstation, finding and installing the proper drivers and configuring the system to optimal settings based on a user’s workflow. This type of tuning can result in significantly improved performance along with system and software stability that adds up to an improved return on investment.

Additionally, HP SkyRoom software comes preloaded on new HP workstations.(14) HP SkyRoom is an affordable, high-definition (HD) videoconferencing software(15) that offers live, real-time collaboration for instant face-to-face meetings. Built on HP Video and Image processing engines and four times faster than the blink of an eye,(16) SkyRoom provides seamless hi-fi audio, HD video(15) and high-performance 3-D application sharing.

HP also offers an expanding line of HP Designjet large-format printers and multifunction devices to easily turn digital designs into printed documents and then digitize documents back into the design-and-make process, helping to shorten project cycles. Together, HP Workstations and HP Designjet printers can quickly produce professional large-format drawings, maps, presentations, renders and posters to aid in both the pitch process and ongoing project design needs.

Pricing and availability(17)

More information about the products, including product specifications and images, is available at www.hp.com/personal.

About HP

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(1) Dual/Quad Core is designed to improve performance of multithreaded software products and hardware-aware multitasking operating systems and may require appropriate operating system software for full benefit. Not all customers or software applications will necessarily benefit from use of this technology. 64-bit computing on Intel architecture requires a computer system with a processor, chipset, BIOS, operating system, device drivers and applications enabled for Intel 64 architecture. Processors will not operate (including 32-bit operation) without an Intel 64 architecture-enabled BIOS. Performance will vary depending on hardware and software configurations. More information is available at www.intel.com/info/em64t. Intel’s numbering is not a measurement of higher performance.

(2) Each processor supports up to 3 channels of DDR3 memory. To realize full performance at least 1 DIMM must be inserted into each channel

(3) Maximum memory capacities assume Windows® 64-bit operating systems or Linux. With Windows 32-bit operating systems, memory above 3 GB may not all be available due to system resource requirements.

(4) For hard drives, 1 GB = 1 billion bytes. 1 TB = 1 trillion bytes. Actual formatted capacity is less. Up to 8 GB of hard drive (or system disk) is reserved for the system recovery software for Windows XP and XP Pro, up to 12 GB for Windows Vista®, and up to 20 GB for Windows 7.

(5) Intel Turbo Boost technology requires a PC with a processor with Intel Turbo Boost capability. Intel Turbo Boost performance varies depending on hardware, software and overall system configuration. More information is available at www.intel.com/technology/turboboost.

(6) The hyper-threading feature is designed to improve performance of multi-threaded software products; please contact your software provider to determine software compatibility. Not all customers or software applications will benefit from the use of hyper-threading. More information, including which processors support HT Technology, is available at www.intel.com/info/hyperthreading/.

(7) Requires customer activation.

(8) This product does not support the Intel over-clocking feature.

(9) Testing was not intended to demonstrate fitness for U.S. Department of Defense contracts requirements or for military use. Test results are not a guarantee of future performance under these test conditions.

(10) The HP EliteBooks are brominated flame retardant and polyvinyl chloride-free (BFR/PVC-free), meeting the evolving definition of “BFR/PVC-free” as set forth in the “iNEMI Position Statement on the ‘Definition of Low-Halogen’ Electronics (BFR/CFR/PVC-Free).” Plastic parts contain <1,000 ppm (0.1%) of bromine (if the Br source is from BFRs) and <1,000 ppm (0.1%) of chlorine (if the Cl source is from CFRs or PVC or PVC copolymers). All printed circuit board (PCB) and substrate laminates contain bromine/chlorine total <1,500 ppm (0.15%) with a maximum chlorine of 900 ppm (0.09%) and maximum bromine being 900 ppm (0.09%).

(11) HP QuickLook 3 and QuickWeb are accessible when the notebook is off in Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7-based systems; not supported from hibernation. Timing may vary depending on the system configuration. To enable the feature following the removal of the battery, reboot the notebook prior to subsequent use. HP QuickLook 3 on HP ProBook s-series requires configuration with Intel and DDR3 or AMD and DDR2. QuickWeb is not available on HP ProBook s-series or HP Minis.

(12) Power calculations and cost calculations are estimates. Results will vary based on variables, which include information provided by the user, time PC is in different power states (on, standby, hibernate, off), time PC is on battery or AC, hardware configuration, variable electricity rates and utilities provider. HP advises customers to use information reported by HP Power Assistant for reference only and to validate impact in their environments. Environmental calculations were based on U.S. EPA eGrid 2007 data found at www.epa.gov/egrid/. Regional results will vary.

(13) Accessible when the notebook is off in Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7-based systems; not supported from hibernation. Timing may vary depending on the system configuration. To enable the feature following the removal of the battery, reboot the notebook prior to subsequent use.

(14) SkyRoom 90-day trial for HP EliteBooks, purchase of license is required after the trial boot.

(15) High-definition content required to view HD images.

(16) Performance dependent on network latency and image frame content.

(17) Estimated U.S. street prices. Actual prices may vary.

Intel, Intel Xeon and Intel Core are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. FireWire is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. ENERGY STAR is a registered mark owned by the U.S. government. Microsoft, Windows and Windows Vista are U.S. registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP and its consolidated subsidiaries could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statements concerning expected development, performance or market share relating to products and services; any statements regarding anticipated operational and financial results; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include macroeconomic and geopolitical trends and events; the execution and performance of contracts by HP and its customers, suppliers and partners; the achievement of expected operational and financial results; and other risks that are described in HP’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended January 31, 2010 and HP’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to HP’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2009. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

© 2010 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice.

The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

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