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HP Delivers Sweeping Computing Advancements to the Technical Enterprise; Computation and Visualization Leader Continues to Boost Graphics and Application Performance, Remove Barriers to Information Access.

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 8, 1997--Delivering on its promise to provide customers with unprecedented levels of enterprisewide UNIX(R)-system, Microsoft(R) Windows NT(R) interoperabilty and performance, HP today announced powerful advancements in the industry's most comprehensive technical-computing-solutions portfolio. -0-
 Today's announcement includes the following:

 -- UNIX-system HP VISUALIZE PA-RISC
 workstations:

 - Model B132L+ -- best
 full-functional workstation for
 under $8,000;

 - Model B180L -- the personal
 power-graphics workstation;

 - Model C200 -- combining
 industry-leading computational- and
 3-D-graphics performance; and

 - Model C240 -- world's fastest
 desktop-graphics performance.


 -- Market-leading OpenGL (OGL) graphics systems
 performance:

 - HP VISUALIZE fx6 -- world's fastest
 desktop OGL;

 - HP VISUALIZE fx4 --
 industry-leading 3-D performance on
 both UNIX systems and NT; and

 - HP VISUALIZE fx2 -- the
 price/performance leader for
 3-D-solids design.

 -- PA-8200-based Exemplar technical servers:

 - Models K370 and 570 -- leadership
 midrange performance for technical
 applications and scalable from one
 to six CPUs; and

 - Model V2200 -- high-end performance
 with HP-UX-based enterprise
 information-access tools, scalable
 to 16 CPUs.

 In addition to these new industry-leading UNIX solutions, HP
announced at SIGGRAPH 97 on August 5 that it will offer a new version
of HP VISUALIZE graphics subsystem on its PC Workstations. Expected
to be available this fall and cost less than $20,000, HP's new PC
Workstations with VISUALIZE graphics will let design engineers
perform complex 3-D modeling tasks in real-time.
 HP's technical solutions meet exacting requirements for
scientific and engineering customers in such leading-edge application
areas as virtual product development, product data management (PDM)
and computational analysis. Customers need powerful environments for
large-scale, complex visualization and analysis. They demand strong
application performance, powerful 3-D graphics, and enterprise
information access through UNIX systems and NT interoperability. HP
delivers these and provides upgradeability to PA-8500 and the Intel
Merced microprocessor-based systems. (See attached applications fact
sheet.)
 "Today's announcement demonstrates our commitment to technical
customers to deliver computing with no boundaries -- a solutions
offering that Sun, SGI and Compaq can't match," said Duane E.
Zitzner, HP vice president and general manager of the Personal
Systems Group. "Rather than force customers to choose between
UNIX-systems and NT, HP helps them work together for customers
worldwide."
 HP's new technical solutions already are demonstrating
outstanding performance compared to competitive offerings. Using the
CDRS-03 standard graphics benchmark for workstation performance, HP's
systems produced the following results:

 -- The B180L VISUALIZE fx2 delivers almost three
 times the solids-modeling performance per
 dollar of the best-performing desktop system
 from SGI.

 -- The C200 VISUALIZE fx4 is two and one-half
 times faster than Sun's fastest new performer
 (in addition to delivering 17 percent better
 performance on SPECint95 and SPECfp95).

 -- The C240 VISUALIZE fx6 is 26 percent faster
 than SGI's Infinite Reality i Station, at
 approximately 60 percent lower price,
 one-fourth the size and one-third the weight
 of the competitive system. Further, the C240
 is more than three times faster than Sun's
 best workstation and demonstrates
 super-linear application performance
 improvements compared to the previous HP C180
 workstation (a 40 percent
 application-performance improvement with only
 a 30 percent clock-speed improvement).

 In the server-performance category, using the industry-standard
SPECfp_rate95 benchmark, HP systems achieved the following results:

 -- The K370 delivers approximately 35 percent
 faster floating-point-system performance than
 comparable systems from Sun and SGI for
 compute-intensive MDA and EDA applications;

 -- The 16CPU V2200 outperforms all comparable
 systems, including offerings from Sun, SGI
 and DEC.





U.S. PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

Please see attached pricing fact sheet.

ABOUT HP

Hewlett-Packard Company is the official information-technology hardware and maintenance supplier to the 1998 World Cup soccer tournament.

HP is a leading global provider of computing, Internet and intranet solutions, services, communications products and measurement solutions, all of which are recognized for excellence in quality and support. HP has 120,500 employees and had revenue of $38.4 billion in its 1996 fiscal year.

Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com .

Microsoft is a U.S. registered trademark of Microsoft Corp.

Windows NT is a U.S. registered trademark of Microsoft Corp.

HP-UX 9.X and 10.0 for HP 9000 Series 700 and 800 computers are X/Open(R) Company UNIX(R) 93 branded products. HP-UX 10.20 is an X/Open UNIX 95 branded product. X/Open is a registered trademark, and the X device is a trademark of X/Open Company Ltd. in the UK and other countries.

UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Company Limited.

UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open(R) Company Limited.

X/Open is a registered trademark, and the X device is a trademark of X/Open Company Ltd. in the UK and other countries. -0-

NOTE TO EDITORS: More information about HP's technical solutions can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com/go/technical.

LEADING-EDGE APPLICATION AREAS FOR NEW HP TECHNICAL PRODUCTS

VIRTUAL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Virtual product development is about utilizing the power of computers to create products. Design visualization is key to successful virtual product development; 80 percent of total product costs are consumed during the design phase. With design visualization, mechanical designers can interact with designs as they evolve; electrical engineers can monitor how circuit designs fit within a larger context; manufacturing engineers can track components and design changes easily; and industrial designers can reduce the number of physical prototypes required.

HP recently introduced graphics solutions, such as the DirectModel toolkit, critical to helping realize the promise of virtual product development. The DirectModel toolkit makes large-model rendering of whole products in real time possible. Now with HP VISUALIZE fx2, HP VISUALIZE fx4 and HP VISUALIZE fx6, unprecedented visualization power is available on aggressively priced systems such as the B- and C-class systems. The Model C240, for example, delivers three times faster desktop-graphics performance than its nearest competitor (CDRS of 165 with VISUALIZE fx6 graphics system).

COMPUTATIONAL ANALYSIS

HP offers scalable server compute performance -- from midrange to supercomputing levels -- that can share applications, visualization tools, information access and Internet services across networks of UNIX system and NT workstations. HP Exemplar servers can solve the most demanding design and analysis problems, and results can be viewed on UNIX or NT systems, creating cost-efficient design environments. The K- and V-class systems represent a new breed of high-end technical servers for collaborative engineering.

PRODUCT DATA MANAGEMENT

Effective product data management requires ease in accessing and manipulating an organization's information about product development. The challenge lies in accessing disparate file formats across geographically dispersed sites. HP products such as Enterprise File System, for cross-platform data access, and OpenView, for easy management of geographically dispersed systems, meet that challenge and lower system administration costs. Product information is managed with PDM applications and databases running on technical servers such as the D-, K- and V-class systems. HP's PDM platforms and services, combined with world-class PDM applications from its partners, are solving data-management problems in discrete manufacturing markets.

U.S. PRICING AND AVAILABILITY NEW HP TECHNICAL PRODUCTS; SEPT. 8, 1997

THE B-CLASS FAMILY OF PRODUCTS:

B132L+ -- a fully configured system with Visualize EG graphics for 2-D applications such as electronic design, software development and 2-D CAD starts at $8,000. This configuration includes 64MB RAM, a 2GB disk and a 17-inch color monitor. Available now.

B180L -- configured as high-performance, fully functional 3-D graphics systems with the new Visualize FX2 graphics subsystems begin at $16,500. This configuration includes 128MB RAM, a 4GB disk and 20-inch color monitor. Available now.

THE C-CLASS FAMILY OF PRODUCTS:

C200 HP Visualize EG -- configured for 2-D applications with 128MB RAM, 4GB disk, and 20-inch monitor starts at $21,000. Available now.

C200 HP VISUALIZE fx4 -- 3-D configuration including the VISUALIZE fx4 graphics subsystem, 128MB RAM, 4GB Disk, 20-inch monitor starts at $29,500. Available now.

C240 HP VISUALIZE fx6 -- 3-D configuration for mechanical design applications, including the HP VISUALIZE fx6 graphics subsystem and VisFly software, is priced at $60,500. This configuration includes 1GB RAM, a 9GB disk and a 20-inch color monitor. Available now.

C240 HP VISUALIZE EG -- a 2-D system for electronic design applications, is priced at $46,000 with the same configuration as above. Available now.

K-CLASS EXEMPLAR SERVERS:

Model K370 -- with one PA-8200 CPU (200MHz ) and two-user, HP-UX(1) license is priced at $66,500. Additional CPUs are priced at $25,000. Available now.

Model K570 -- with one PA-8200 CPU (200MHz) two-user HP-UX license is priced at $86,500. Additional CPUs are priced at $25,000. Available now.

V-CLASS EXEMPLAR SERVERS:

V-class -- starts at $157,000 for an entry-level (one-CPU) system. Additional CPUs are priced at $25,000. Available in November.

(1) HP-UX 9.X and 10.0 for HP 9000 Series 700 and 800 computers are X/Open(R) Company UNIX(R) 93 branded products. HP-UX 10.20 is an X/Open UNIX 95 branded product.

X/Open is a registered trademark, and the X device is a trademark of X/Open Company Ltd. in the UK and other countries.

UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Company Limited.

CONTACT: Copithorne & Bellows for HP

Kathy Madison, 617/450-4300 ext. 257

kathy.madison@cbpr.com

or

HP

Kathy Sowards, 972/497-3061

kathy_sowards@hp.com
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