Posts by Greg Corke

Expedition Z competition challenges designers to redefine life on the International Space Station

Published 10 August 2016

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: design, hp, competition, nasa

NASA Tech Briefs and HP are challenging engineers, designers, architects and high education students from France, Germany and the UK to redefine the life of astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

On September 3rd and 4th 2016 three teams in London, Paris and Hamburg will compete in the Expedition Z competition to design a device, product or hardware that will help astronauts eat, sleep, work or play.

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AMD developing free physically-based rendering plug-in for SolidWorks

Published 28 July 2016

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: solidworks, rendering, amd, rhino, cad, gpu

Radeon ProRender should soon be accessible directly inside the SolidWorks viewport


SolidWorks is the latest 3D application to be targeted by AMD with its physically-based rendering engine. The company revealed this week that Radeon ProRender (formerly previewed as AMD FireRender) will be available as a free plug-in for the popular 3D CAD tool.

Radeon ProRender should be accessible directly inside the SolidWorks viewport and supports AMD GPUs, CPUs and APUs as well as those of other vendors, including Intel and Nvidia.

SolidWorks Professional customers already have access to a mature physically-based rendering tool that can be accelerated by GPUs. However, SolidWorks Visualise only works with Nvidia GPUs (and not AMD GPUs) and is a separate application.

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AMD Radeon Pro SSG GPU to have 1TB SSD on board for fast access to giant datasets

Published 28 July 2016

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: rendering, simulation, visualisation, amd, gpu, workstation, cae, radeon pro

Raja Koduri, Radeon Technology Group’s senior VP and chief architect, unveils the new AMD Radeon Pro SSG

AMD is developing a completely new type of graphics card, designed specifically for large dataset applications, including VR content creation, computational engineering and high-resolution rendering.

The AMD Radeon Pro SSG will feature a Terrabyte of Radeon Solid State Graphics, giving the powerful ‘Fiji’ GPU fast access to large datasets stored on an embedded NVMe SSD.

Current high-end GPUs are limited to a maximum of 32GB of GDDR5 memory. While this is plenty for many users, for more advanced visualisation and engineering workloads it is not possible to hold large datasets completely in memory.

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AMD unveils Radeon Pro WX workstation GPUs, as successor to FirePro W Series

Published 28 July 2016

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: rendering, visualisation, amd, cad, gpu, workstations, amd firepro, workstation

The new AMD Radeon Pro WX Series

AMD is harnessing its consumer Radeon graphics brand for a new generation of workstation-class GPUs for professional designers and engineers focusing on CAD, game engine design visualisation and virtual reality.

The AMD Radeon Pro WX Series of professional graphics cards are based on AMD’s Polaris architecture and will continue the FirePro legacy by featuring optimisations for a wide range of professional applications.

The AMD Radeon Pro WX Series of professional graphics cards are based on AMD’s Polaris architecture and will feature optimisations for a wide range of professional applications.

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How fast is your Siemens NX workstation?

Published 13 July 2016

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: workstation, graphics cards, benchmarking, siemens nx

Gas Turbine, one of seven models used in the new SPECapc for NX 9.10 benchmark.

SPECapc has completely redesigned its performance evaluation software for Siemens NX. The SPECapc for NX 9/10 benchmark is designed to give NX users an easy way to compare the relative performance of desktop and mobile workstations and professional graphics cards based on real world user interaction. 

The benchmark features new models, new graphics display modes and a fresh GUI. It is designed for Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit platforms and can be run with Siemens NX 9.0 or NX 10.0, although results from the two different NX versions are not comparable.

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HP offers CAD workstations on subscription

Published 01 July 2016

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: hp, cad, workstation, subscription

HP Z240 SFF - now available to rent.

HP is giving small to medium design and engineering firms the chance to rent their workstations through its new HP Subscription program.

Rather than having to pay for workstation hardware upfront customers pay a low monthly fee for the duration of the subscription period.

Contracts range from 12 to 60 months and include helpdesk services, support and optional next business day onsite repair.

So who is likely to be most interested renting their workstation?

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Fujitsu Celsius H760 mobile workstation big on security

Published 17 June 2016

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cad, quadro, mobile workstation, fujitsu celsius, 4k, nvme, celsius

The Celsius H760 supports new standards such as USB-C as well as legacy technologies like VGA

Fujitsu has introduced the Celsius H760, a new CAD focused 15.6-inch mobile workstation built around the quad core Intel ‘Skylake’ Core i7 and Xeon CPU.

Other features include a FHD or 4K display, Nvidia Quadro GPU (up to the M2000M), up to 64GB DDR4 memory, M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD up to 512GB and USB Type-C, all standard features of a modern mobile CAD workstation.

With Dell, HP and Lenovo all launching ‘Skylake’ mobile workstations late last year Fujitsu is relatively late to market with its own Skylake offering.

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