Posts by Greg Corke

AMD shows how to boost 3D performance in laptops with a professional external GPU

Published 12 February 2018

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: amd, gpu, dell, mobile workstation, laptop, radeon prorender, radeon pro, gpu rendering, hp zbook, egpu

External GPU plugs into a laptop over Thunderbolt 3

At SolidWorks World (SWW) last week AMD demonstrated an enhanced version of its XConnect technology that allows users of pro 3D applications to boost the graphics performance of a laptop or mobile workstation by plugging in an external desktop GPU.

AMD’s demo centred on a Dell Precision 7520 mobile workstation with built in entry-level AMD Radeon Pro WX 4130 GPU. The 15-inch laptop was shown working with an ultra-high-end AMD Radeon Pro WX 9100 GPU, housed in a Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box and connected over Thunderbolt 3.

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HP brings new enterprise features to ultra-portable HP ZBook 14u and 15u G5 mobile workstations

Published 07 February 2018

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cad, mobile workstation, security, bim, enterprise, hp zbook

At only 17.9mm in height, HP says the ZBook 14u is the world’s thinnest mobile workstation.

HP has launched two entry-level mobile workstations which place a big emphasis on portability, build quality and enterprise features as well as the performance one would expect from a laptop designed for 3D CAD and BIM.

The HP ZBook 14u G5 and HP ZBook 15u G5 are very similar in terms of core spec - the main difference being the size of the display (14-inch or 15-inch) - and both machines feature a choice of 8th Gen Intel Core i7 / i5 Processors (2 or 4 cores), an AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100 GPU, up to 32 GB RAM and up to 2TB of NVMe storage (HP Z Turbo Drive).

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HP launches VR toolkit for Unreal and offers VR workstations for a monthly fee

Published 05 February 2018

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: hp, workstations, vr, unreal engine, mixed reality

HP is ramping up its focus on enterprise VR, introducing a special toolkit to help designers bring their 3D models into Unreal Engine and extending its Device as a Service (DaaS) offering to include enterprise VR hardware. The company has also launched a Professional Edition of the HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset.

The HP VR Launch Kit for Unreal Engine is primarily designed to help HP customers in product design and architecture get 3D content out of CAD and into an authored VR experience ‘more quickly and more seamlessly’. It’s the result of an ‘exclusive partnership’ with Epic Games, who develops the 3D game and VR experience creation tool.

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HP offers Intel Core X, brings down cost of multi core HP Z4 Workstation

Published 05 February 2018

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: rendering, hp, workstation, vr, viz, core i9

HP has become the first major workstation manufacturer to offer the Intel Core X processor in a desktop workstation. Previously, the consumer-focused CPU, renowned for delivering a large number of cores at high clock speeds, was only available from specialist manufacturers like Scan and BOXX.

Intel Core X CPUs, which include the Core i7 X and Core i9 X, will be available in a special version of the HP Z4 Workstation, which launched last year. HP will continue to offer the original HP Z4 Workstation with Intel Xeon W-Series CPUs.

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HTC Vive to boost resolution and take VR cable free

Published 10 January 2018

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: gpu, workstation, vr, product development, viz, vr headset

The Vive Pro features a resolution of 2,880 x 1,600 (1,440 x 1,600 per eye), a 78 percent increase over the original Vive

Virtual Reality (VR) is about to get a bit more realistic and less pixelated thanks to the Vive Pro, an enhanced version of the popular head mounted display that is designed for VR enthusiasts and enterprise users.

VR is also set to go cable free with HTC Vive unveiling its Vive Wireless Adaptor that works with both the original Vive and the Vive Pro.

The big news about the Vive Pro is that the resolution of the dual-OLED displays has gone up to 2,880 x 1,600 (1,440 x 1,600 per eye) - a 78 per cent increase from the 2,160 x 1,200 (1,080 x 1,200 per eye) resolution of the current Vive.

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VR-ready laptops to become thinner and lighter

Published 09 January 2018

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: amd, gpu, intel, cpu, vr, mobile workstation

Intel shrinks processor by combining Intel Core CPU and AMD Radeon Vega GPU in a single package

Powerful 3D laptops and 2-in-1s are set to become thinner and lighter (and desktop PCs smaller) thanks to a new Intel technology that combines an Intel Core CPU and an AMD Radeon Vega GPU in a single package.

The new 8th Gen Intel Core processor with Radeon RX Vega M Graphics features a semi-custom AMD graphics chip with fast HBM2 memory that is powerful enough for 3D games and VR. The CPU and GPU communicate with each other at high-speed thanks to Intel’s EMIB interconnect technology.

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IMSCAD and AMD to help smooth path to graphics virtualisation in the cloud

Published 05 January 2018

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: amd, cloud, virtualisation, 3d cad, imscad

Customers are able to test their own datasets and 3D CAD applications using AMD virtual GPUs in the cloud

IMSCAD Global is teaming up with AMD to deliver a global demo platform to help Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) and design / manufacturing firms ease the transition to graphics virtualisation in public or private clouds.

The collaboration centres on a ‘PoC (Proof of Concept) in a week’ where IMSCAD will host and support customers that want to test drive the technology. During the trial, customers are able to use their own datasets and 3D CAD / BIM applications using VMware or Citrix with AMD virtual GPUs.

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