Hewlett-Packard Co yesterday kicked off the New Year with a blitz of new Precision Architecture RISC machines for both the HP-UX-based 9000 Series and the proprietary MPE-based 3000 family, including a top-end system using a CMOS implementation of the RISC chip announced at the end of last year (CI No 1,332). At the high-end of […]
Hewlett-Packard Co yesterday kicked off the New Year with a blitz of new Precision Architecture RISC machines for both the HP-UX-based 9000 Series and the proprietary MPE-based 3000 family, including a top-end system using a CMOS implementation of the RISC chip announced at the end of last year (CI No 1,332). At the high-end of the 9000 Series 800, the CMOS-based Models 870S/100 and dual-processor 870S/200 for up to 600 users are rated at 50 MIPS and 90 MIPS respectively – both available as board upgrades from existing Models 850S and 855S. Memory goes up to 768Mb, with up to 83Gb disk. In the mid-range, the departmental Models 845S and 845SE – the former board upgradable from the 835S – offer 23 MIPS performance for between 16 and 100 users. At the low end a 15 MIPS Model 832S, supports up to 48 users. The HP9000 Series 600 family of servers also has a new addition, the transaction processing Model 645SV, compatible the existing Model 635SV server and all Series 800 systems. It comes with 32Mb main memory, does 23 MIPS, takes 1.3Gb disk, Network File System, Arpanet, X Window and the HP LAN/9000 Series 800 link. Available in the fourth quarter in the UK, the 870S/100 and 870S/200 are UKP584,789 and UKP355,626 respectively. The rest are out in March – the 845SE is UKP110,338, the 845S comes in at UKP50,558, the 832S is UKP43,456, whilst the 645SV is UKP72,000. In the 3000 Series, the top-end transaction-processing 980/100 and dual-processor 980/200 built around the same chip, offer up to 70 and 100 transactions per seconds respectively, and are board-upgradable from the 950, 955 and 960 systems. A mid-range 949 – upgradable from the 935 – offers 31 transactions per second. New entry-level 922LX, 922RX, 922 and 932 systems support from 16 to 240 users, with disk space going up to 22Gb. At the micro level, the Micro 3000X supports up to 24 users. Out in the fourth quarter, the 980/200 and 980/100 are UKP1.08m and UKP699,000 respectively. The 949 is UKP208,000 and the Micro 3000RX is tagged at UKP16,000, both of them available now, with the other models to follow in March. The 932 is UKP122,000, the 922 comes in at UKP81,000, the 922RX costs UKP58,000 and the 922LX starts at UKP51,000.On the software side, Hewlett has announced an August delivery date for VPLUS/Windows for the 3000 Series, which integrates HP 3000 applications with NewWave, and enables personal computers to run transaction-processing applications under the Microsoft Windows graphical user interface.