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April 05, 2010
HP Expands Desk-Side and Mobile Workstations
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HP unveiled workstation offerings that include the first small form factor workstation to be available in every region of the world, multicore processor updates to its Z Workstation series and a mobile workstation with DreamColor display technology. Jim Zafarana, vice president and general manager, Workstations, HP said, "HP has invested in research and development through the economic downturn, innovating on top of our industry-leading workstations to provide an undeniably differentiated experience in our new product. HP customers are famous for pushing the limits of innovation, and as their industries undergo digital transformations, their next generation of breakthroughs is being powered by HP technology.”

According to Anthony Neal-Graves, general manager for workstations at Intel, “The new Intel Xeon Processor 5600 series runs multithreaded workstation applications up to 45 percent faster than its predecessor, the Intel Xeon Processor 5500 series. Workstations powered by the new Intel Xeon Processor5600 series give application developers the reliability, capacity and performance to help them bring innovative ideas to life faster than ever before.”

Pricing and availability More information about the products, including product specifications and images, is available at www.hp.com/personal

Commentary By Jeffrey Rowe, Editor

We just returned from the introduction of these workstations in California. As a matter of fact they were actually introduced at two Hollywood studios - Raleigh Studios (today, the oldest movie studio still operating) and Dreamworks Animation. Over the course of the two-day event, HP introduced several desktop and mobile workstations that were well-suited to demanding computational tasks, such as MCAD and animation.

During the event, HP discussed some interesting market statistics, including: Below are some of the new computing platforms that we saw up close and personal.

With a starting price rivaling those of traditional desktop computers, the HP Z200 SFF breaks new ground with a space-saving design that is almost two-thirds smaller than the Z200 minitower workstation. The HP Z200 SFF offers dual-core processor options based on the new Intel Core i3 and i5 series, as well as quad-core processor options based on the enterprise-class Intel Xeon 3400 series.

All of the major subsystems (power supply, RAM, hard drive, etc.) in the HP Z200 SFF Workstation are user accessible and replaceable.

The HP Z200 SFF supports up to 16 GB of ECC memory and up to 2 terabytes (TB) of high-speed storage. It also includes professional 2D and 3D graphics options. In addition, the HP Z200 SFF is designed for ease of use and serviceability - with a tool-less chassis, convenient USB ports located on the front of the system and a FireWire 1394a card option.

The HP Z200 SFF Workstation includes an 89 percent efficient power supply, has ENERGY STAR 5.0 qualified configurations and is registered as Electronics Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Gold, the highest rating available.

For multithreaded workstation applications such as engineering, 3D digital content creation, and science, HP Z Workstations with the new Intel Xeon Processor 5600 series offer up to 12 cores with integrated memory controllers, Intel Turbo Boost Technology and Intel Hyper-Threading Technology. Available on the HP Z800, Z600 and Z400 workstations, the new processors allow for up to 24 threads to run at one time when using two 6-core processors with Hyper-Threading turned on.

The HP Z Workstations offer a variety of options for diverse needs, including: HP is dramatically reducing the environmental impact of its products. For example, the HP Z Workstation line includes the exclusive HP WattSaver feature that manages power in the off state at less than one watt. In addition, HP Z Workstations include at least 85 percent efficient power supplies - 89 percent efficient power supply on the HP Z200 and HP Z200 SFF and as an option on the HP Z800 - reducing both overall energy usage and the amount of waste heat released. The HP Z line offers ENERGY STAR 5.0 qualified configurations. All HP Z Workstations are more than 90 percent recyclable by weight and are registered as EPEAT Gold.

The HP EliteBook 8740w Mobile Workstation offers ISV-certified workstation-class performance in a mobile package. Featuring a 17-inch diagonal display, a range of Intel processors including Core i7 Extreme Edition, and support for up to 16 GB of memory, the 8740w can meet the needs of the most demanding applications.

The inclusion of USB 3.0 provides increased bandwidth and performance, while an optional backlit keyboard is offered for the first time on an HP EliteBook. The DreamColor display option enables professionals to work with deep, accurate colors for precise results. Able to display more than 1 billion active colors - 64 times the capabilities of a traditional display - the 8740w utilizes a 30-bit notebook LCD panel to provide a level of color control previously found only on the desktop HP DreamColor LP2480 Professional Display.

The HP mobile display assistant and optional HP color calibration kit further allow control, adjustment and alignment of the DreamColor notebook display to ensure predictable color. Workstation-class graphics solutions maximize onscreen performance. The 8740w offers a choice of the ATI FirePro M7820 with 1 GB of GDDR5 video memory or the NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M or NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M - both with 1 GB GDDR3 video memory. Users selecting the ATI FirePro configuration benefit from Direct X 11 and multidisplay support. Through a single GPU, the mobile workstation can simultaneously support up to four independent display outputs, plus the native notebook panel, for a total of five displays.

All in all, a very entertaining (literally) and informative couple of days with HP as they introduced their newest hardware platforms.

The Week's Top 5

At MCADCafé we track many things, including the stories that have attracted the most interest from our subscribers. Below are the five news items that were the most viewed during last week.

Autodesk 2011 Digital Prototyping Software Accelerates Design Process for Manufacturers
Autodesk introduced its new 2D and 3D design and engineering software lineup for manufacturers seeking to digitally design, visualize, and simulate their products before they are built. The tight technology integration offered by Autodesk Inventor 2011 software and the complete Autodesk Digital Prototyping software portfolio helps enable designers and engineers to compete more effectively and do more work in house. Autodesk enhanced its specialized tools for product development professionals focused on conceptual design, design visualization, engineering and manufacturing disciplines, and at the same time, the company embedded key functionality from these tools within its core Autodesk Inventor 3D mechanical design and engineering software. New direct manipulation capabilities in Inventor 2011 software fundamentally improve the mechanical design process, helping accelerate design times as compared with Inventor 2010 software by approximately 40 percent on common tasks such as assembly modeling. Inventor 2011 software also incorporates Autodesk's design visualization capabilities within the CAD application so users can better conceptualize and communicate designs with clients. New shading, lighting and material properties give users a photo-realistic representation of their designs, with Inventor software rendering designs as the user works.

HP Technology Fuels IndyCars to Checkered Flag
HP workstations, mobile PCs, and HP OfficeJet printers are used to design the cars and manage everything from the telemetry to the engine of the team's car during the race for the Luczo Dragon Racing team. Using HP technology, the Luczo Dragon Racing team is able to maximize performance on and off the track. HP technology is used in every aspect of performance, engineering, reliability, management, mobility, robustness, raw computing power and design. Off the track, engineers use powerful HP workstations to enhance parts design, data collection, storage, analysis, simulation and optimization. To prepare for each race, engineers on the Luczo Dragon Racing team run simulations to understand how the car's setup will affect performance for a given track. The team needs to understand the behavior of the car and the effect of changes in performance. On the track, the team uses HP notebooks to monitor every move the car makes and remotely adjust suspension, telemetry and engine systems for optimal performance during every second of the race. While the car speeds around the track at 220 miles per hour, it is critical for the team to be able to analyze the information they're receiving from sensors on the car and immediately understand where performance deficits may lie.

Alibre brings power of Luxion's KeyShot rendering solution to its customers
Luxion, a developer of advanced rendering and lighting technology, and Alibre, developer of feature-rich and low cost CAD/CAM software, announced that starting immediately KeyShot technology will be bundled with Alibre Design Expert and Professional. For under $500 customers can get 3D modeling and 2D drafting, and enjoy stunningly realistic product visualization. KeyShot is an interactive ray tracing and illumination program developed by Luxion for both PC and Mac for creating photographic images from 3D models. KeyShot is the new name for HyperShot software. Combined with its ease of use KeyShot gives anyone involved with 3D data the ability to create photographic images in minutes, independent of the size of the digital model. KeyShot supports many native file formats, including SolidWorks, Rhino, SketchUp, Obj, IGES, and STEP.

Apriso Joins Dassault Systèmes Software Partner Community
Apriso and Dassault Systèmes announced that a Component Application Architecture (CAA) Software Partnership Agreement has been signed. Under this agreement, Apriso will deliver the integration between its suite of applications and Dassault Systemes' DELMIA digital manufacturing solutions. This new combined solution addresses the challenge of sharing information between design and planning and production execution. Synchronizing Engineering Change Requests (ECRs) from digital manufacturing systems with the actual physical production processes ensures correct component version and process plans are used consistently in manufacturing and assembly. Apriso's CAA V5 partnership with Dassault Systèmes addresses customer needs in the following areas: High-end CAD/CAM within Reach from VX CAD/CAM
VX Corp. announced the expansion of its VX Innovator series. VX's built-in learning system, Show-n-Tell, helps users get up to speed quickly since they essentially learn the software on their own. The new products announced included: Jeffrey Rowe is the editor of MCADCafé and MCAD Weekly Review. He can be reached at jeff@ibsystems.com or 408.850.9230.

This Week

Lead Story

HP Expands Workstation Series to Include Desk-side, Mobile and Small Form Factor Model

Product and Company News

Autodesk Launches 2011 Design Software Products with Enhanced 3D Features

Autodesk Expands Power of AutoCAD 2011 with New Features for Conceptual Design and Drafting Productivity

Virtual Tool & Composites Inc. Invest in 7 Seats of NCG CAM for 3+2 axis Machining

RND Automation Tackles One-of-a-Kind Machines with Autodesk Inventor

View CAD Drawings on iPhone Through Microsoft Seadragon Deep Zoom Technology From Informative Graphics

NCG CAM Solutions Ltd Opens Local Office in India Due to Growing Demand

Autodesk Drives Global Alignment of New Partner Program

Switch from 2D to 3D with KOMPAS solutions

Aftermarket Auto Parts Leader Lund International Cuts Product Development Time by 40 Percent Using Z Corporation 3D Scanner and Geomagic Studio Software

64-bit, multi-core WorkNC and Sescoi's all new Hybrid Modeler on show at Industrie, Paris

INUS Releases Inspectworks 2.0 for SolidWorks

CCE Completes 20 years in the CAD Interoperability Business

TraceParts 3D Catalogs Receives Autodesk Inventor 2011 Certification

Microdesk to Preview the Latest Design Capabilities of Autodesk's 2011 Software

ASCENT- Center for Technical Knowledge Releases Three Training Guides for Autodesk 2011 Software

Solid Mastermind Reveal The Secrets Of Solid Edge ST2

Introduction to Structural Mechanics Tutorial CD

ModernTech Mechanical to Distribute Objet Connex and Eden Families of 3D Printers

GEOMATE to offer pre-modeling design simulation software for $99

M2 Technologies Now Offering Autodesk's 2011 Digital Prototyping Software

IMAGINiT Technologies Bolsters Support for Autodesk's 2011 Product Release

New i CHECK IT for Inventor Release Debuts with 14 new checks

The MathWorks and Mentor Graphics Outline Joint DO-254 Workflow for Model-Based Design

Blue Ridge Numerics Announces CFdesign 2010 is Officially Certified for Autodesk Inventor 2011

Vero Software helps slow the forces of nature

BetaLED Illuminates Value of Green Design with SolidWorks Sustainability Software

Sescoi becomes a SolidWorks Solution Provider

GEA Niro Chooses ANSYS to Optimize Food, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Processes

Spring '10 Update Release of Arena Offers Greater Ease and Usability to Expert and Novice Users Alike

Autodesk Developer Network Partners Support AutoCAD 2011

DriveWorks Pro Latest Release unleashes Power of Design Automation with Online Sales Configurator

Infinite Joins Aras Partner Program

FEA, stress analysis, and multiphysics tutorial CD

Technical Whitepaper: Learn How Inkjet 3D Printing Works

JETCAM helps Compsys gain a competitive edge with 15% better nesting efficiency

Dong Fang Boiler Selects Dassault Systemes for First-of-a-kind PLM Solution to Support Global Collaboration

Siemens PLM Software Helps GMN PAUL MÜLLER INDUSTRIE GMBH & CO. KG Optimize Processes and Enhance Design

TeamVodafone races ahead with Intercad

Hagerman & Company to offer Autodesk 2011 software portfolio and launch events

Concurrent Engineering: How to Excel Doing Top-Down Design

Delcam's FeatureCAM helps students make guitars in 15 hours

Royal Plastic Buys North America's First EOSINT P 800 Laser-Sintering Machine

Tutorial CD featuring Structural Mechanics applications

Small Isn't Just Beautiful, Its Educational For California-Irvine Students Launching Micro Satellite to Photograph the Earth

Autodesk Names M2 Technologies Reseller of the Quarter for Customer Service Excellence

Lattice Technology Solutions Deliver 3D to Motor Insurance Repair Research Center

BAE Systems Reaffirms Long-Term Investment in VISTAGY's FiberSIM® Software as it Transitions from CATIA V4 to V5

Delcam Chairman reports strong performance

Springboard Biodiesel Accelerates Its Business with Autodesk Inventor

Pointwise Partners with 3Dconnexion for 3D Mouse Support

Data interoperability for entry-level users with Elysium's CADdoctor SX

CollabNet Inspires Next Generation of Innovators as Diamond Supplier of the FIRST(R) Robotics Competition

Inventor Seeks Licensee for Gulf Stream Turbine Patents

Symphony Services Signs Five-Year, Multi-Million Dollar Engineering Services Contract With MSC.Software

Do You Know an Outstanding Engineer? Nominate Them for an SME Award

FISHER/UNITECH Honored as One of the 2010 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch”

PacifiCAD Inc. To Offer Autodesk's AutoCAD 2011 Products

Student Winner Announced in Shell Eco-Marathon: Autodesk Real-World Challenge

Hexagon Metrology Introduces New Motorized Probe Heads for CMMs

Rapid Prototyping Leader Quickparts Offers New Accura(R) Bluestone Material for Rapid Prototyping

Open CAM solution for the dental industry- hyperDENT® from OPEN MIND

MSC.Software Garners Excellent Supplier Award in China's Manufacturing Industry

Immersion Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2009 Results and Announces License with CAE

Delcam appoints three Japanese resellers for integrated CAM for SolidWorks

ZWSOFT Announces Release of ZWCAD 2010 Portuguese

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SGI Announces Strategic AMD Processor Adoption Plan

Gentex Honored by General Motors as "Supplier of the Year" for 13th Consecutive Year

iRobot Celebrates Two Decades of Innovation in Robotics

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Autodesk Launches European Clean Tech Partner Program

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Mentor Graphics Acquires Valor Computerized Systems, Ltd.

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Camtek Signs an Exclusive Distribution Rights Agreement With Canon Marketing Japan Inc.

Corporate Moves

Joe LaRussa Named Director of Membership of Society of Manufacturing Engineers

EMS, Inc. Expands in Michigan - Named Educational reseller for SolidWorks, The CAD Academy & Z Corp Printers and 3D Scanners

HP Appoints Peter Galanis as President and CEO of HP Canada

Autodesk Announces Appointment of Mary T. McDowell to Board of Directors

GO2cam and MachineWorks renew long-term Partnership Agreement

Right Hemisphere Names Former Ariba Executive to Head of Sales, Also Nabs "Global Sales Team of the Year" Award

UnitForce Technologies in India Joins Aras Partner Program

Industry Events

Lineup for 2010 Collaboration & Interoperability Congress Announced

AU 2010 Call for Proposals Is Now Open

WESTEC Advanced Productivity Exposition Goes Biennial

NIMS Student Summit at IMTS - The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2010 to be Bigger and Better Than Ever

Geometric to demonstrate CAMWorks 2010 at WESTEC

SME Announces New AeroDef Manufacturing Exposition

Invitation: Aerospace & Defense STAR Global Forum (CD-Adapco)

ESPRIT 2010, by DP Technology, at the 13th Annual ESAFORM Conference on Material Forming, Brescia, Italy, April 7-9

Delcam/CSSI User Conference at Ingersoll Cutting Tools


Delcam to show integrated CAM for SolidWorks at EASTEC

Delphi Experts Play Key Role in SAE 2010 World Congress

3rd Edition of the Virtual Test and Engineering Simulation Aerospace & Defense Conference Set for May 2010

solidThinking to Address Impact of Modeling and Rendering Technologies on Product Design at 2010 IDSA District Conferences

IMAGINiT Technologies to Deliver Technical Presentations at Multiple AUGI CAD Camp 2010 Locations

Trans-Pacific Aerospace Company, Inc. Invited to China Aviation MRO Summit 2010

Alchemy Solutions Sets European Workshops to Help Enterprises Considering Modernising, Migrating Mainframe Applications

Delcam to host third GTMA Emerging Technologies event

MasterGraphics Announces Schedule to Present Autodesk's 2011 Digital Prototyping Software

Area's Largest Student Robotics Competition Invades Boston This Week

VISTAGY's Transformative Role in Rapidly Evolving Composites Market to be Highlighted at JEC Show

KOMPAS-3D Modelling Contest extended until May 1

Delcam to launch new tooling design software at Amerimold

EVE to Exhibit at SNUG San Jose Designer Community Expo

Enigma CEO to Speak at Airline and Aerospace Operations and MRO IT Conference

Award-winning Industry Veteran, David Japikse, Discusses Modeling and Manufacturing of Turbocharger Compressors During SAE 2010 World Congress

The latest releases of Edgecam and Radan to show at Westec

Delcam to show new CAM range at MetalTech

Surfware, Inc. Announces SURFCAM V5 to Showcase at Westec 2010

CimatronE to Power Live High Speed Machining at DieMould 2010

Discover Surfware's TRUEMill at Westec 2010

Live SpaceClaim Webinar on March 31 Features Customer Tools4Design

Sescoi to demonstrate digital dental prosthesis manufacture at the Dental South China exhibition

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-- Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe.com Contributing Editor.