Anticipating DEC’s blitz announcement, UK details of which are in page three inside, Hewlett-Packard Co late Monday unveiled an entry level three-dimensional graphics workstation, the HP 9000 Model 340SRX, claiming it to set a new price-performance standard for the industry; it also cut prices reductions on several other HP9000 workstation models. Hewlett reckons that the Model 340SRX, which lists in the US for $14,900, is the first three dimensional workstation available for under $15,000 and that it offers better 3D graphics-application performance than any other workstation in its class. Like its bigger brothers in the 300 line, it is based on the MC68030 microprocessor, and the company simultaneously cut the HP 9000 Model 360SRX three-dimensional workstation by 43% to $19,900; the straight Model 360 was reduced by 10% to $14,400, and the high-end 33MHz 68030-based 370SRX was cut 17% to $41,900. Hewlett-Packard also cut the tag on its low- end RISC-based Model 825SRX 5% to $56,500.
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