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AEC Tech News (#292)

21 Apr, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff


HP's New Workstations Span a Range of Sizes, Prices, and Portability

The energy-saving, penny-pinching Z210 desktop comes in two form-factor flavors, while the 8460w, 8560w, and 8760w offer power and mobility.

By Cadalyst Staff

Earlier this month, HP announced the latest additions to its Z desktop and EliteBook mobile workstation families, giving shoppers a total of five new options to consider — including a desktop designed with CAD users in mind.

More Efficiency on the Desktop

The HP Z210 is the economy-minded desktop debutante, offering a performance improvement of more than 20% compared with its predecessor, but at a lower price. The Z210 is also more energy-efficient than its Z200 forerunner, with standard 90% efficient power supplies and available ENERGY STAR v5–qualified configurations. HP has its eye on power consumption in other models as well; Josh Peterson, worldwide manager of marketing for workstations, told the media that the company is moving toward making those high-efficiency power supplies its standard offering across the board.

The HP Z210 is available in two sizes: a convertible mini-tower (left) and the small form factor (right), which is 65% smaller than its fraternal twin.
The HP Z210 is available in two sizes: a convertible mini-tower (left) and the small form factor (right), which is 65% smaller than its fraternal twin.

The HP Z210 is the economy-minded desktop debutante, offering a performance improvement of more than 20% compared with its predecessor, but at a lower price. The Z210 is also more energy-efficient than its Z200 forerunner, with standard 90% efficient power supplies and available ENERGY STAR v5–qualified configurations. HP has its eye on power consumption in other models as well; Josh Peterson, worldwide manager of marketing for workstations, told the media that the company is moving toward making those high-efficiency power supplies its standard offering across the board.

The Z210 SFF, on the other hand, is targeted primarily toward medical imaging applications in space-limited environments, with entry-level MCAD/AEC users further down the list. Both sizes offer the choice of Intel Xeon E3 and second-generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors. Selected processors also feature Intel vPro technology, a first for HP's workstations.

"This processor's greatest innovation is how it integrates the CPU and graphics engines on the same die," said Anthony C. Neal-Graves, general manager, Workstation Unit, Intel. "That means visual and 3D 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." Read more »

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Paul Aubin

   

Mark Your Calendar: AEC Events

 

National Green Building Conference & Expo
May 1–3, 2011
Salt Lake City, Utah
This event will focus on the value of green building, exploring what's important to various segments involved in the process: architects, trades, lendors, realtors, home owners, remodelers, and builders. Read more »

Webinar: Data Mining and Quantitative Analysis in BIM for High-Performance Architecture with Vectorworks Architect 2011
May 3, 2011
2 p.m. ET
In this webinar, built-in tools, default reporting features, and custom worksheets will be demonstrated in Vectorworks Architect software. François Lévy, a registered architect, author, BIM (building information modeling) consultant, and university lecturer, will present this webinar. Read more »

13th Canadian Conference on Building Science & Technology
May 10–13, 2011
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
This event brings together architects, engineers, building scientists, and researchers to discuss building science principles and issues governing the design, construction, repair, renovation, and operation of all building types. Read more »

AIA 2011 National Convention and Design Exposition
May 12–14, 2011
New Orleans, Louisiana
This AIA (American Institute of Architects) event for design professionals will explore the theme "Regional Design REVOLUTION: Ecology Matters." The agenda comprises more than 200 planned program offerings, including preconvention workshops, theme presentations, continuing education learning units, and expo education. Read more »

Be Together: The Bentley User Conference
May 23–26, 2011
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Be Together is open to all architects, engineers, constructors, geospatial professionals, and CAD managers. The conference carries the theme "Sharpen Your Edge" and will give Bentley users the opportunity to advance their skills, increase their knowledge, and network with their peers. Read more »

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Cadalyst.com. Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to news@cadalyst.com.

   

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