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Lenovo takes on Dell and HP with thin and light ThinkPad P1 mobile workstation

Published 22 August 2018

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Article tagged with: quadro, workstation, lenovo

Lenovo has launched a premium thin and light mobile workstation that looks set to truly rival the HP ZBook Studio G5 and Dell Precision 5530. The 3D CAD focused Lenovo ThinkPad P1 boasts specifications that are close to that of a mainstream 15.6-inch mobile workstation, but the sleek design is only 18.4mm thick and starts at 1.7kg.

The ThinkPad P1 may be thin and light but like all ThinkPads it is built for endurance. The main body is made from magnesium alloy and the lid is carbon fibre. It has been designed to withstand and is Mil-Spec tested for cold, heat, vibration, shock, dust and other harsh environments.

For a premium look and feel it has a soft touch matt black finish. The keyboard is seamless, so it blends in with the palm rest, and there’s a glass touchpad. It’s smaller in width than Lenovo’s mainstream 15.6-inch mobile workstation, the ThinkPad P52, so there’s no room for a numeric keypad.

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Get ready for human-eye resolution VR

Published 23 July 2018

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Article tagged with: vr, mr

Varjo has lifted the lid on its forthcoming professional focused ‘human eye’ resolution VR/MR headset which boasts much higher resolution than other headsets.

Varjo achieves its ‘human eye’ resolution by mimicking how the eye works in real life by only making the centre of the wearer’s gaze super sharp in focus, while everything in the periphery is out of focus.

The headset does this by using two different displays within the headset. The high pixel density ‘focus display’ uses eye tracking and a ‘bionic display’ to physically follow the wearer’s gaze in real time and a ‘context display’ for the peripheral vision. The images from both displays are blended together.

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HP builds 6-core Xeon E3-2100 CPU into entry-level HP Z2 G4 workstation family

Published 18 July 2018

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Article tagged with: simulation, rendering, hp, quadro, workstations, workstation, xeon, radeon pro

The HP Z2 G4 family and (left) the EliteDesk 800 workstation edition.

HP has launched a new range of entry-level, ISV-certified desktop workstations built around the new Intel Xeon E3-2100 processor. The HP Z2 G4 family includes three different form factor models, each offering different levels of graphics performance and expandability – the Z2 Tower G4, the Z2 Small Form Factor (SFF) G4 and the Z2 Mini G4.

The Z2 G4 launch completes (we think, at least) HP’s transition from angular black box to a more modern chassis design with chiselled geometry. All HP Z workstations, desktop and mobile, now feature the same design language.

The big news is the inclusion of the new Intel Xeon E-2100 processor family, which features up to six CPU cores and clock speeds up to 4.7GHz.

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Dell introduces six core Xeons to entry-level Precision 3430 and 3630 workstations

Published 18 July 2018

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Article tagged with: cad, simulation, rendering, nvidia, dell, quadro, workstation, xeon, radeon pro

Dell Precision 3430 SFF Tower

Dell is doing its bit to redefine the entry-level desktop workstation with two new machines based on the six core Intel Xeon E3-2100 CPU.

This is the first time Dell has offered a six core CPU in an entry-level workstation, so this is big news for CAD users who also rely on ray trace rendering or simulation as part of their workflow.

The Dell Precision 3630 Tower is 23 percent smaller than the previous generation, made possible by dropping the 5.25-inch optical drive bay, but offers more expandability. It can support up to 14TB of storage across five drives (one M.2 NVMe SSD + two 3.5-inch HDDs or four 2.5-inch HDDs) and up to 64GB of 2,666MHz DDR4 memory.

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Dell focuses on cost and ease of deployment with new remote workstation

Published 18 July 2018

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Article tagged with: dell, quadro, workstation, virtualisation, xeon, radeon pro

Dell is going back to basics for its remote workstations with a new 1U model that designers, engineers and architects can access over a 1:1 connection.

The new Dell Precision 3930 Rack is designed to give firms all the benefits of having workstations in the datacenter — data security, remote access, reduced desk clutter, etc — without getting involved in the complexities and cost of graphics virtualisation.

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Lenovo launches entry-level ThinkStation P330 workstations - features Xeon E-2100 with up to 6 cores

Published 12 July 2018

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Article tagged with: cad, quadro, workstation, lenovo, xeon

The new ThinkStation P330 family includes the Tower and SFF models which have a 30% smaller footprint.

To coincide with the launch of the new Intel Xeon E-2100 series processor, Lenovo has unveiled its ThinkStation P330 range of desktop workstations, which includes the tower, small form factor (SFF), and Tiny systems.

The P330 Tiny keeps the same 1 litre chassis as its predecessor, the P320 Tiny, and the accolade of being the world’s smallest workstation. The P330 Tower (18 litre) and SFF (8.4 litre) feature new mechanical designs which decrease their footprint by up to 30%.

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Lenovo launches its first 15-inch VR-Ready mobile workstation

Published 13 June 2018

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Article tagged with: visualisation, nvidia, gpu, quadro, workstations, vr, lenovo, tech, mobile workstation

At NXT BLD Lenovo unveiled its first VR-Ready Certified 15-inch mobile workstation, the ThinkPad P52, which is powered by the new Quadro P3200 GPU.

It’s an important development for mobile VR as until recently almost all VR Ready mobile workstations were significantly larger machines with 17-inch displays.

Lenovo has also boosted the processor and memory, offering a choice of 8th Generation Intel Xeon and Core CPUs, including new six core models, and up to 128GB of DDR4, double that of its predecessor, the ThinkPad P51.

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