Hardware vendor Digital has launched an overhaul of its high-end workstations, offering workstations, graphics cards and a new OS.
Workstation marketing manager David Cousins claimed the high-end Alphastation 500 family and the mid-range Alphastation 255 family of workstations, which replace Digital's existing Alpha workstation range, thrashed rival Pentium Pro systems when it came to performance. 'They give 50 per cent more raw processing power,' he said.
The Alphastations, which come in a distinctive blue case, are priced from #6,631 for an Alphastation 255/233 work-station with 32Mb of Ram, a 1Gb hard drive, CD Rom and graphics card. Pricing goes up to a hefty #23,633 for the top-of-the-range model 500/333. All the models have caches doubled from the previous Alpha workstation.
Digital is offering its new 64-bit Digital Unix version 4 as an option, which it says is the first to implement the common desktop environment which is designed to give all versions of Unix a similar look and feel.
The company has also launched a range of graphics cards, called Powerstorm, which are priced from #350. The products are available through Digital's tiered Vars.
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