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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 Small Form Factor Fixed Workstation: A True Desktop Machine for CAD Article
The Small Form Factor Fixed Workstation: A True Desktop Machine for CAD   15 Sep, 2022
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: The Small Form Factor was the first and most successful industry shrink of the tried-and-true workstation tower.

Smarter and More Comprehensive Visual Computing Tools Expanding Well Beyond Product Creation Article
Smarter and More Comprehensive Visual Computing Tools Expanding Well Beyond Product Creation   21 Jul, 2022
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: Developing, maintaining, and refining products, buildings, and operations with digital twins.

Herrera on Hardware Article
The Mini Fixed Workstation: HP’s Z2 Mini Presents Another Compelling Proposition in Form Factor   16 Jun, 2022
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: The traditional fixed workstation platform continues to evolve to serve a wide range of preferences and demands.

Intel’s 12th Generation Core CPUs Mark an Inflection Point in Workstation CPUs Article
Intel’s 12th Generation Core CPUs Mark an Inflection Point in Workstation CPUs   19 May, 2022
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: Alder Lake signals a departure for Intel in more than one way, as 12th Generation technology, performance, and market positioning all shift substantially from previous Core generations.

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AMD Looking to Turn a Foothold for Workstation CPUs into Long-term Market Success   21 Apr, 2022
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: But the company’s second generation of Threadripper PRO will face a far more competitive landscape than the first.

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The Radeon Pro W6400 GPU: A Kickstart for AMD in Mainstream CAD Computing?   17 Mar, 2022
By: Alex Herrera

AMD’s competitive positioning in the market for discrete workstation GPUs looking to improve, but beware a third supplier.

Herrara on Hardware Article
The Misconception of Professional Computing and CPU Core Counts   17 Feb, 2022
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: Especially in CAD applications, lower core count CPUs still dominate the market.

Intel’s Alder Lake Ushers in a New, Unified Era in CPU Architecture Article
Intel’s Alder Lake Ushers in a New, Unified Era in CPU Architecture   20 Jan, 2022
By: Alex Herrera

The 12th Generation Core brand processors based on Alder Lake are launching in CAD-capable platforms now.

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The Metaverse: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff, from a CAD Perspective   16 Dec, 2021
By: Alex Herrera

Much of the early conceptual pitches might feel like marketing fluff, but the metaverse will hold some real value, particularly in CAD-centric computing.

HP’s Z2 and Intel’s 11th Generation Core Article
HP’s Z2 and Intel’s 11th Generation Core: Surveying Today’s Quintessential CAD Workstation Hardware   18 Nov, 2021
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: An opportunity to check out the state of the art in mainstream fixed workstations, as well as assess the CAD performance of Intel’s Rocket Lake CPU.

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