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WSI Taps HP Workstations for New HDTV Weather Technology

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 28, 2008 – As TV stations across the country rise to the challenge of delivering the visual realities of the day’s weather in the graphically rich high-definition television (HDTV) format, weather teams are tapping HP workstations to deliver the compute power they need.

The world’s leading provider of weather computing solutions, WSI, is powering this shift with the most advanced systems for producing weathercasts. WSI now delivers its TruVu weather systems exclusively on the highly tuned HP xw8600 Workstation. WSI adopted HP workstations as it rolled out TruVu Max, its all-new, 3D, real-time weather production system, which required more computer power than ever before.

WSI developed TruVu Max – using HP workstations as its computer foundation – in response to its need for greater reliability and flexibility to keep up with the demands of today’s most sophisticated weather systems.

“HP workstations give us the flexibility and reliability to develop and run the applications our clients demand for producing 3-D weathercasts,� said Bill Dow, vice president, Product Management, WSI. “HP workstations are the superior choice for the modern HD weather solution.�

TruVu Max – powered by HP workstations – delivers unsurpassed real-time rendering technology that simplifies some of the most difficult aspects of producing a compelling weathercast. Designed with, by and for on-air weather talent, TruVu Max offers more content options for telling disruptive weather stories than any other production tool.

Now offered exclusively on HP xw8600 Workstations, TruVu Max is the only totally live rendering weather technology that can create visualizations within a 3-D environment for both earth- and studio-based scenes. The software also improves productivity, allowing weather teams to produce more and improved reports in less time, and letting TV meteorologists create more video content for the Web than ever before. Together, the technologies allow on-air presenters to interact with graphics and present weather in ways never before possible.

“HP workstations are designed with the most demanding of customer needs in mind, and HD and 3-D are perfect examples of this compute power demand,� said Jeff Wood, director, Product Marketing, Workstations, HP. “Industry leaders like WSI use only the very best, and for them and other customers like them, you’ll continue to see HP advancing workstation technologies to bring to market the best that technology has to offer.�

Companies use HP workstations to design everything from running shoes to race cars, animated characters to deep-sea submersibles, and to manage everything from billions of dollars of tradable securities to mission-critical IT environments.

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