Dell readies new workstation

Dell Computer Corp. started shipping a new workstation Tuesday, offering customers working with complex financial applications or graphics intensive programs a small but powerful system.

The Dell Precision Workstation 340 comes with an Intel Corp. Pentium 4 processor running up to 2GHz and with a 400MHz system bus. The product starts at US$1,099, excluding a monitor. A top-level version of the computer with the 2GHz Pentium 4 chip, a 20G-byte hard drive and a NVidia Corp. Quadro2 EX graphics card will cost $2,818, according to a statement.

This is the first workstation from Dell with an internal architecture that will support future Pentium 4 processors from Intel running beyond 2GHz, a Dell company spokeswoman said. In addition, the 340 is the smallest workstation offered by Dell. The 340 measures 4.25 inches by 15.37 inches and is 16.97 inches in depth. A similarly configured 330 workstation measures 6.5 inches by 17.4 inches and is 17 inches in depth, according to information on the company's Web site.

The product is shipping in the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region. The company will begin selling the product worldwide by early October, according to a statement.

Users can choose between Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 2000 Professional, Windows NT 4.0, and version 7.1 of Red Hat Inc.'s Linux.

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