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Alex Herrera


With more than 30 years of engineering, marketing, and management experience in the semiconductor industry, Alex Herrera is a consultant focusing on high-performance graphics and workstations. Author of frequent articles covering both the business and technology of graphics, he is also responsible for the Workstation Report series, published by Jon Peddie Research.


CAD Workstation Form Factors 101, Part 1: Shapes and Sizes Article
CAD Workstation Form Factors 101: Shapes and Sizes   17 May, 2018
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: With so many types of workstation models on the market today — and new arrivals appearing all the time — it’s best to start by sorting out the categories and learning what differentiates them.

What Does NVIDIA’s Ray Tracing News Mean for the CAD Market? Article
What Does NVIDIA’s Ray Tracing News Mean for the CAD Market?   19 Apr, 2018
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: At NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference in March, the graphics processing unit (GPU) developer announced “real-time ray tracing” — but is it? And what does this development portend?

Navigate the Evolving Choices for CAD Workstation CPUs, Part 2 Article
Navigate the Evolving Choices for CAD Workstation CPUs, Part 2   15 Mar, 2018
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: In a changing CPU market, which brands and models should you should consider for your next CAD workstation?

Navigate the Evolving Choices for CAD Workstation CPUs, Part 1 Article
Navigate the Evolving Choices for CAD Workstation CPUs, Part 1   28 Feb, 2018
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: The differentiating metrics and decision criteria are shifting as market players and technologies change.

The Hidden Danger of Memory Errors in CAD Computing Article
The Hidden Danger of Memory Errors in CAD Computing   31 Jan, 2018
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: They may arise infrequently, but the consequences of small memory errors can be huge. How can you reduce the chance of errors — and should you bother?

Which CAD Workstation Buyers Can Benefit from Threadripper? Article
Which CAD Workstation Buyers Can Benefit from Threadripper?    31 Dec, 2017
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: An analysis of AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper illustrates why a workstation CPU is not a one-size-fits-all proposition.

How Will Microsoft’s Workstation Operating System Mandate Impact CAD Professionals? Article
How Will Microsoft’s Workstation Operating System Mandate Impact CAD Professionals?   16 Nov, 2017
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: Some Xeon users might willingly pay more for the advanced features of Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. But what if you don’t need those features — and you don’t have a choice?

Are AMD CPUs Finally Back in the Workstation Game? Article
Are AMD CPUs Finally Back in the Workstation Game?   27 Oct, 2017
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: After a rise and fall a decade ago, AMD now looks to Zen as the means to get back into the workstation CPU business. Will the company be successful and put the pressure on Intel? It’s looking that way, but the deal’s not done.

Harnessing the Cloud for CAD: The Case for Virtual Workstations, Part 4 Article
Harnessing the Cloud for CAD: The Case for Virtual Workstations, Part 4   22 Sep, 2017
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: With virtual workstations, the infrastructure between the client and the cloud can make or break the user experience.

Harnessing the Cloud for CAD: The Case for Virtual Workstations, Part 3 Article
Harnessing the Cloud for CAD: The Case for Virtual Workstations, Part 3   17 Aug, 2017
By: Alex Herrera

Once you’ve decided to bring cloud-hosted virtual workstations into your workflow, you’ll need to tackle a host of additional decisions about platforms, providers, and instances.

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