Posts by Greg Corke

HP unveils CNC-machined aluminium ZBook mobile workstations with up to six CPU cores

Published 05 April 2018

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HP now offers eight mobile workstations, by far the most of any OEM

HP is betting big on mobile workstations. Today, it added two new machines to its ZBook line up – the convertible HP ZBook Studio x360 and the ‘affordable’ HP ZBook 15v. It means HP now offers eight different mobile workstations in total, significantly more than the other major OEMs.

In addition, the IT giant has updated all of its current ZBook models, with the new ‘G5’ editions featuring new CNC-machined aluminium alloy chassis, better security, new Intel CPUs (including models with six cores) and Nvidia Quadro Pascal GPUs.

So, let’s look at what’s new.

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WorldViz puts products in place for collaborative VR

Published 03 April 2018

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Article tagged with: vr, collaboration, worldviz, oculus

WorldViz has officially launched its Virtual Reality (VR) business collaboration solution, Vizible and also introduced VizBox, a portable, all-in-one VR solution that can be used to join Vizible collaboration sessions.

Vizible allows businesses to create immersive presentations, then meet with anyone, anytime, anywhere in VR. It can help communicate complex ideas to prospects, clients, and internal teams. According to Worldviz, participants can be invited as conveniently as if they were setting up a web conference call.

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Get ready for real time ray tracing with Nvidia RTX and Volta

Published 27 March 2018

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Article tagged with: cad, amd, design, rendering, visualisation, nvidia, gpu, quadro, workstation, vr


Nvidia today gave a glimpse of what design visualisation might look like in the near future, introducing a new ‘cinematic quality’ ray trace rendering technology that can deliver ‘photoreal visualisations of massive 3D models in real time.’

The Nvidia RTX technology uses deep learning to help predict what images will look like and runs on Nvidia Volta GPUs, including the professional-focused Quadro GV100, also announced today.

Real time ray tracing has always been the holy grail of rendering, which is why Nvidia is calling this the biggest advance in computer graphics in 15 years.

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Chaos Group to host new event on future of rendering

Published 28 February 2018

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Article tagged with: rendering, visualisation, automotive, gpu, cloud, vr, v-ray, chaos group

Total Chaos, is a new event from V-Ray developer Chaos Group, dedicated to the art, science & technology of computer graphics. The two-day event will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria on 18-19 May, bringing together experts from architectural visualisation, automotive design, games and visual effects.

There will be tech previews, product launches and masterclasses taught by creatives showcasing their production workflows, and three tracks - Art, Craft, Code.

Total Chaos launches with 25 speakers, including artists and technology experts from Porsche, Brick Visual, Blur, Method Studios and Nurulize (with more on the way).

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Rhino 6 ships with Grasshopper and enhanced visuals

Published 26 February 2018

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Article tagged with: rhino, gpu, opencl, cuda, generative design, grasshopper

Grasshopper, the powerful generative design tool, is now built into Rhino

Rhino 6 for Windows, the long-awaited new release of the NURBS-based modeller, is shipping and is the first to have visual programming tool Grasshopper built into the software.

There are a host of other new features including a faster display pipeline, a GPU-accelerated real-time ray-tracer, a new material library, an enhanced documentation workflow and more flexible licensing.

Grasshopper is now installed with Rhino 6 for Windows, previously being only available as a long-term beta release.

The production ready software includes a number of new components, such as Make2D, Symbol Display, Bend, Flow, Maelstrom, Splop, Splorph, Stretch, Taper, Twist. Other components, including Contour, Dash Pattern, Divide Curve and Boundary Surface, are now multi-threaded, so they can solve much faster with multi core CPUs.

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

Published 12 February 2018

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

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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