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HP's New Workstations for 2010

HP's New Workstations for 2010



HP's New Mobile Workstation: HP EliteBook 8740w

HP's New Mobile Workstation: HP EliteBook 8740w

Mobile workstations has traditionally not been a strong area of growth, as the ratio of desktop to mobile workstations sold was sitting at 6:1 as little as five years ago. Today however, that ratio has grown to 3:1 according to IDC. What's more, IDC is also seeing a 26% annual growth rate for the mobile workstation market over the last five years, with 27% of the total x86 workstation market being of the mobile variety.

The HP EliteBook 8740w is the company's new high-end offering to top their mobile workstation lineup for 2010. Featuring a 17-inch display that boasts HP's DreamColor technology and an IPS (In-Plane Switching) panel that sports improved viewing angles and up to 30-bit color for greater and more accurate graphics reproduction.

Efrain Rovira, Director for Mobile Workstations at HP also noted that the 8740w is the only mobile workstation available today that supports up to five displays on a single GPU, though you'll need to use a docking station to achieve that particular configuration, as well as have AMD graphics that support ATI Eyefinity technology.
The 8740w will ship with options for Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, as well as supporting up to 16GB of memory and USB3.0 connectivity.