Computer Business Review


by CBR Staff Writer| 26 March 1991

Hewlett-Packard Co yesterday duly set the workstation world on its ear with launch of its HP 9000 Models 720, 730 and 750, with the lowest one rated at 57 MIPS, 55.5 Specmarks, the higher two - with a 66MHz clock against 50MHz on the baby, both rated at 76 MIPS, about 72 Specmarks. All have 256Kb data cache, the 720 and 730 have 128Kb instruction cache, the 750, 256Kb. Memory on the lower two is 16Mb to 64Mb, the 750 goes to 192Mb. There are also server versions of all three, and three graphics options with GRX greyscale standard, CRX colour, Personal VRX for advanced three-dimensional modelling with solids and ray-tracing, and a faster Turbo VRX version. The chip adds features from the Apollo Computer Inc Prism development to the Precision Architecture RISC, notably additional instructions, and there is a tightly coupled floating point processor with integrated arithmetic logic unit and multiplier, optimised for vector and matrix operations. The speed is helped by a bus that transfers data from cache to CPU at 264Mbytes-per-second. The 720GRX is UKP8,500 - $11,900 - with 16Mb; there are also server versions of all three at UKP10,000 to UKP12,000; UKP15,000 to UKP18,000; and UKP29,000 and the company is introducing unified pricing across Europe, including the East - up to now, the local subsidiaries have been charging whatever the market will bear.

Post a comment

Comments may be moderated for spam, obscenities or defamation.

Join our network

792 people like this.
2210 people follow this.


Buy the latest industry research online today!
See more

Suppliers Directory

See more
Privcy Policy

We have updated our privacy policy. In the latest update it explains what cookies are and how we use them on our site. To learn more about cookies and their benefits, please view our privacy policy. Please be aware that parts of this site will not function correctly if you disable cookies. By continuing to use this site, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy unless you have disabled them.