Hewlett-Packard Co. unveiled powerful, energy-efficient workstations on Tuesday, using Intel Corp.'s newly announced quad-core processors.

The new workstations are designed to help engineers, researchers, and artists achieve shorter project cycle times by allowing more work to be done at once. The processor provided by Intel, which the chip-firm also announced on Tuesday, opens up new doors for parallel workflow, and multi-tasking environments.

HP and Intel are setting the industry standard for multi-core workstation computing,' Chris Christopher, a senior vice president at HP said. "By combining quad-core power with HP performance, our customers can take workstations where they've never gone before.

The announcement was made at the QuadFest industry event - a showcase of multi-processor based hardware and software.

Last Wednesday HP's rival, Dell Computer, announced its own line of systems featuring Intel's new processor, revamping its PowerEdge and Precision branded servers and workstations to feature the chip.