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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.


The Origin and Evolution of the Modern Workstation Article
The Origin and Evolution of the Modern Workstation   31 Jan, 2019
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: Where did today’s workstation come from, and who — besides CAD users — relies on it?

Intel’s Optane Comes to CAD Workstations — for a Price Article
Intel’s Optane Comes to CAD Workstations — for a Price   31 Dec, 2018
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: It’s not cheap yet, but Optane technology improves performance on several fronts, especially for high-demand storage solutions.

Herrera on Hardware: A Case Study in Virtual Workstations for CAD Article
A Case Study in Virtual Workstations for CAD   29 Nov, 2018
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: The experience of architecture and engineering firm Mead & Hunt presents a compelling proof point for a new CAD computing paradigm.

With New Turing, NVIDIA Doubles Down on the Future of Real-Time Ray-Tracing Article
With New Turing, NVIDIA Doubles Down on the Future of Real-Time Ray-Tracing    18 Oct, 2018
By: Alex Herrera

And CAD professionals are expected to reap the benefits.

CAD Workstation Form Factors 101, Part 5: The Datacenter Workstation Addresses Modern CAD Challenges Article
CAD Workstation Form Factors 101, Part 5: The Datacenter Workstation Addresses Modern CAD Challenges   30 Sep, 2018
By: Alex Herrera

CAD Workstation Form Factors 101, Part 5: The Datacenter Workstation Addresses Modern CAD Challenges

CAD Workstation Form Factors 101, Part 4: New Flavors of Mobile Workstations Diversify the Spectrum Article
CAD Workstation Form Factors 101, Part 4: New Flavors of Mobile Workstations Diversify the Spectrum   2 Aug, 2018
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: As mobile workstations become ever more popular, the form-factor options buyers have to choose from are expanding to include exotic display types and portability options.

CAD Workstation Form Factors 101, Part 2: Mobiles Move Front and Center Article
CAD Workstation Form Factors 101, Part 3: Mobiles Move Front and Center   19 Jul, 2018
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: Mobile workstations have boomed since their relatively recent introduction. What does that indicate about CAD users’ workflows, and what options are available to you?

CAD Workstation Form Factors 101, Part 2 Article
CAD Workstation Form Factors 101, Part 2: The Tried-and-True Deskside Workstation   21 Jun, 2018
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: You know that the deskside form factor is the familiar mainstay of the CAD workstation world — but do you know why?

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?

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