HP Goes Large with the Z1 at CES

HP logoHP has announced the second generation of its Z1 high performance all-in-one workstation, with a 27″ ten-point touchscreen running Windows 8. The Z1 G2 is aimed squarely at power users, featuring 4th Generation Intel Xeon and Core processors, and RAID storage options paired with the latest NVIDIA Mobile Quadro GPUs for the best graphics performance. It also comes with Intel Thunderbolt 2 ports.

Since its launch in 2012, the highly acclaimed HP Z1 has opened the eyes and ears of customers hoping to solve business problems no longer being met by current vendors,” said Jim Zafarana, vice president and general manager, Commercial Solutions Business Unit, HP. “Today’s professionals demand high-performance products that are serviceable and easy-to-use, all wrapped in a sleek and elegant design.

HP Z1 G2

The Z1 G2 comes equipped with Thunderbolt 2 connectivity, for data transfer speeds four times that of USB 3.0. That’s nippy. To round out the high spec, the Z1’s audio capabilities aren’t too shabby either with dual-tone, front-facing speakers and DTS Studio Sound Audio. Overall, this is a beast of a machine.

The new HP Z1 G2 workstation is expected to be available in late January, with prices starting at US$1,999.

nVidia and Windows 8 Tablets

nvidia logoAs you have almost certainly already heard, one of the big things coming in Windows 8 will be it’s support of ARM processors.  The main feature of the new operating system, though, is the radical new Metro interface.  The Metro Start screen displays a series of “live tiles”.  These are the apps, some of which come with Windows 8, and some which will be installed by the user from the new Windows Store, which are constantly updating with new information.  You could display such things as current weather, Twitter, news, and a lot more on your personalized start screen.

nVidia was at the Consumer Electronics Show last month to show off their Tegra 3 quad-core processor running Windows 8 tablets.  The new chipset allows these tablets to be extremely thin, have longer battery life, and high-resolution graphics.  In the video below you can get a look at a little bit of what they are capable of, such as HD video playback, and full Windows multi-tasking.

The exact specifications and pricing aren’t yet available, but you can learn more by visiting the nVidia site.

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Lamborghini Partners with NVIDIA for Android Super Car

It’s not a place you expect to see a Lamborghini Murcielago, but the one of the world’s hottest super cars made an appearance at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show.  The Italian car maker has partnered with NVIDIA, who have strong ties to Android.

The Lamborghini Murcielago, which was recently replaced by the newer and faster Aventador, has quite a cockpit inside, with center console video display, powered by NVIDIA, that is expected to eventually run Android, and touch screen dashboard interface.  NVIDIA powers many of the Android smartphones today and is also entered into many automotive technology partnerships, but those partnerships involve proprietary Linux-based operating systems.  However many of those car makers reportedly have an interest in moving to Android in the future.

We may still be a little ways away from a full Android operating system for cars, but reports seem to indicate that we are heading in that direction and perhaps Lamborghini will be the first to run it.  It may not get to a lot of drivers, given the price of these cars, but it would make quite a splash in the tech and automotive news.

The video below is courtesy of Phandroid.

HP Released Two Z210 Desktop Workstations Today!

Today HP released two new desktop workstations designed specifically with professionals in mind. The new Z210 desktop comes in two form-factors; convertible mini-tower (CMT) and highly-compact small form-factor (SFF) for those of us who simply need a more space-saving solution.

As far as specs go, it looks like both models will be able to provide customers with the same hardware. Each can be configured with the Intel Xeon E3 and second gen. Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors. We’ll also have a range of choices from AMD and NVIDIA for graphics capabilities. 2D and 3D options are both on the table with a 2D dual graphics card setup able to support up to 4 monitors at once for some serious screen space.

“Built for professionals, HP Z210 workstations with the new Intel Xeon processor E3 1200 family are changing the definition of the entry-level workstation,” said Anthony C. Neal-Graves, general manager, Workstation Unit, Intel Corporation. “This processor’s greatest innovation is how it integrates the CPU and graphics engines on the same die. That means visual and 3-D graphics capabilities that were once only available to entry workstation users with discrete graphics cards will now be accessible to anyone with an entry workstation powered by the Intel Xeon E3 family with Intel HD Graphics P3000.”

These new workstations are not only faster and more efficient; HP has gone to great lengths to reduce the workstations carbon footprint. In fact, users will have access to the HP Carbon Footprint Calculator which will help us reduce environmental impact and computing costs. They have also given each form-factor a tool free chassis for quick and easy maintenance.

The HP Z210’s are available right now with the CMT starting at $659 and the SFF coming in at $569 USD. If you’re interested in a more mobile solution you should check out HP’s new EliteBooks, landing next month.

HP Dreams in Colour With New EliteBooks

HP today refreshed the EliteBook w-series line-up with three new models, the 8760w, 8560w and 8460w. Built on HP’s “FORGE” design framework that’s been seen before on the P-Series, these are industrially-designed with a brushed gunmental finish, strengthened glass touchpad and HP DisplaySafe frame. The laptops meet the MIL-SD 810G military standard for toughness meaning that these laptops should stand up to the rigours of business use.

Under the keyboard, it’s Intel’s Core i7 and i5 processors in dual and quad-core variants. The 8760w is HP’s most powerful laptop with a 17.3″ screen driven by either AMD FirePro or nVidia Quadro graphics kitted out with up to 4 GB of video memory. There’s the option of  three hard drives with RAID 5 support, another first for HP laptops, or “mobile workstations” as they seem to be called now.

The 8560w is the middle member of the family with a 15.6″ high definition screen, again driven by AMD FirePro or nVidia Quadro graphics, though this time the video memory is restricted to 1 GB and 2 GB respectively.

Finally, the little sister is the EliteBook 8460w, HP’s smallest and lightest mobile workstation at only 2.2 kg (4.9 lb). Sporting a 14″ high definition screen with a 1 GB AMD FirePro, it offers performance video in a “road-warrior” package.

Both the 8760w and 8560w EliteBooks offer HP DreamColor as an option. Developed in conjunction with DreamWorks Animation, DreamColor displays are professional colour managed displays using true 30-bit colour, providing over 1 billion possible colours and a very wide colour gamut. Nice.

All the laptops will be available in the US in May and will be priced from $1899, $1349 and $1299 for the 8760w, 8560w and 8460w respectively.

Bringing the GPU to the Cloud

PEER 1 and bluegfx have announced a partnership that brings the GPU to the cloud, giving bluegfx’s customers access to high-powered graphics on pay-per-process basis.

Using NVIDIA’s Fermi-based Tesla GPU’s and RealityServer hosted in PEER 1’s global data centres, bluegfx’s customers in the games, design, architectural, film, broadcast and education industries will benefit from high performance 3D web services.  It delivers a 3D rendering and animation package that works remotely over the Internet onto the GPU cloud to demonstrate the concept of remote hybrid computing, with the GPU processing being done off the PC.

Hosting the GPUs and software within the cloud simplifies customer implementation and provides an inexpensive entry point for new users. Businesses only pay for the processing they need and can upgrade or downgrade as required.

Amanda Dunn, Cloud GPU Manager EMEA, PEER 1 Hosting adds: “We have the only hosted NVIDIA GPU service, which brings simple, cost-effective graphical processing power to the media industry on a pay-as-you-use basis. bluegfx has excellent experience in rich media, and working together we can offer high performance computing in a variety of areas such as  rendering, transcoding and modelling.”

The move of the GPU to the cloud seems to be popular – Amazon and NVIDIA announced a similar service earlier in the month.  It certainly sounds like a great idea – if you need to do 3D rendering, don’t buy expensive GPUs but instead use the pay-per-process 3D web services.  Obviously some GPU processing doesn’t need to happen in real-time, e.g rendering a special effects sequence, but would it be possible to use a tablet to present a 3D model in real-time, with all the hard work being done in the data centre?  If it was possible over Wi-fi or 4G data speeds, I can think of some pretty amazing applications, particularly in the medical space.

GNC-2010-06-25 #587 On a Roll!

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NVIDIA TEGRA Worlds First Low Power Mobile Processor CES 2010

As you know Nvidia has come out with the NVIDIA TEGRA which is their very own low power mibile computer processor. A single chip solution that does it all. It is the computer processor, graphics card and all other modules in one. This chipset blew me away in the graphic load and performance. I have never seen graphics load this quickly and on a tiny mobile device.

Nvidia has hit a home run with the TEGRA Processor and is one of the few things from CES 2010 that made me want to break my credit card out for and pick up one of their tablets. I know you are going to be simply amazed as well.

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