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Review: Lenovo ThinkPad W540 mobile workstation is the company’s one and only

Review: Lenovo ThinkPad W540 mobile workstation is the company’s one and only

It performs well when tested against a close rival. But having only one model of mobile workstation may work against it in the marketplace. By Alex Herrera Responsible for nearly 13% of worldwide shipments (units) last year, Lenovo reached number three in the workstation market thanks to a major headstart. In 2005, Lenovo acquired IBM’s [...]

By April 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Review: AMD FirePro W9100 raises the professional graphics bar

Review: AMD FirePro W9100 raises the professional graphics bar

At $3,999 it isn’t for the average workstation user. If you need it, you really need it. By Alex Herrera Do you place heavy demands on GPU hardware, for rendering or other highly parallel workloads? Need more gigabytes of GPU memory than most users have in their workstation’s system memory? Got upwards of $4K burning [...]

Nvidia VMware partnership will extend high-performance graphics throughout the enterprise

Nvidia VMware partnership will extend high-performance graphics throughout the enterprise

Nvidia now has access to VMware’s 76% market share in enterprise computing. By Jon Peddie Last week at Nvidia’s annual GPU Tech Conference (GTC) in San Jose, the company announced VMware is adding virtualized GPU (vGPU) support to vSphere, an enhanced suite of tools for cloud computing. That will bring Nvidia GRID technology to its [...]

Nvidia GTC keynote announcements pack a wallop

Nvidia GTC keynote announcements pack a wallop

A new GPU architecture, a new way to increase CPU-GPU data transfer  bandwidth, and a supercomputer in a mobile form factor were among the surprises. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang loves to get his geek on when he takes the stage every year at Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC). He always shows off the latest from [...]

New 3D Systems ProJet 1200 commoditizes precision small parts manufacturing

New 3D Systems ProJet 1200 commoditizes precision small parts manufacturing

Dental and jewelry are the obvious applications, but a precision micro-SLA 3D printer the size of a coffee maker for $4,900 will find a lot of uses. Most of the chatter in the 3D printing world for the last year or so has been about the hobbyist market, but the vendors all know their bread-and-butter [...]

HP says they’re back—when did they leave?

HP says they’re back—when did they leave?

Company continues to expand its PC line-up, with new touchscreen all-in-ones and low-cost colorful Chromeboxes. By Jon Peddie I remember when HP bought Compaq in 2001 (for a whopping $25 billion (almost $34 billion in today’s dollars), and it looked like Compaq had acquired HP. All the big iron enterprize stuff was rolled out, some [...]

By March 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Dell pitching for larger share in workstation market

Dell pitching for larger share in workstation market

A new svelte mobile workstation and a new way to test virtualization for workstation-class users was on display in Austin. By Kathleen Maher The US-based PC manufacturers, Dell, HP, and Lenovo (the workstation group is based in North Carolina), are locked in a hotly contested fight for customers who are less brand conscious and more [...]

Nvidia delivers next-generation mobile gaming GPUs

Nvidia delivers next-generation mobile gaming GPUs

Razor and Lenovo are among the vendors shipping notebook computers with the new chips. By Jon Peddie Nvidia is rolling out the new GeForce GTX 8xxM series just in time for this week’s Game Developers Conference and Nvidia’s own GPU Technology Conference next week. The new chip is designed for gaming laptops and other portable [...]

By March 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Virtual Reality makes a comeback at Game Developers Conference

Virtual Reality makes a comeback at Game Developers Conference

Sony demos prototype VR system called Project Morpheus.   By Kathleen Maher You didn’t ask for it, you didn’t know you wanted it, but the game developing world thinks you might be ready for another round of virtual reality (VR) products. The breakthrough is made possible by the proliferation of low-cost sensors and small screens [...]

Khronos releases OpenGL ES 3.1 specification

Khronos releases OpenGL ES 3.1 specification

New version of the royalty-free 3D graphics API used on virtually all smartphones and tablets adds advanced 3D features and integrated GPU computing. The Khronos Group today announced the immediate release of the OpenGL ES 3.1 specification, bringing functionality enhancements to the royalty-free 3D graphics API used on a majority of the world’s mobile devices. OpenGL ES 3.1 [...]

By March 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →