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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.


Article
Graphics Drivers—Purpose-Shaped for CAD Use   18 Mar, 2021
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: Keep up to date with CAD-oriented drivers and get the power you need to drive your designs.

NVIDIA’s Ampere GPU for CAD and Beyond Article
NVIDIA’s Ampere GPU for CAD and Beyond   18 Feb, 2021
By: Alex Herrera

The first professional Ampere GPU foreshadows advancements to come for all CAD visualization professionals.

Ryzen 5000 and Zen 3: Benchmarking Performance Measures for CAD Article
Ryzen 5000 and Zen 3: Benchmarking Performance Measures for CAD   21 Jan, 2021
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: Should you equip your CAD workstations with AMD processors? This exercise provides some performance data for comparison, plus insights about examining a CPU’s clock rates.

AMD CPUs Check All the Boxes for the Range of CAD Computing Demands Article
AMD CPUs Check All the Boxes for the Range of CAD Computing Demands   16 Dec, 2020
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: The company’s Ryzen 5000–generation CPUs solidify its resurgent competitive edge, particularly when it comes mainstream CAD.

Article
CAD Tech News (#138)    19 Nov, 2020
By: Alex Herrera

AMD may have its best shot in more than a decade to take meaningful share in the market for professional graphics hardware.

With RDNA2, AMD Takes Its Turn with a New GPU Generation Article
With RDNA2, AMD Takes Its Turn with a New GPU Generation   13 Nov, 2020
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: The impressive introduction in gaming-focused products foreshadows the next generation of professional graphics products for CAD.

NVIDIA Unveils Ampere-Generation RTX A6000 and A40, Affirming Evolving — and Aggressive — Path for its GPUs Article
NVIDIA Unveils Ampere-Generation RTX A6000 and A40, Affirming Evolving — and Aggressive — Path for its GPUs   15 Oct, 2020
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: The retirement of NVIDIA’s Quadro brand is further evidence of the GPU’s changing role and shape.

Two New CPUs Will Open More Options for the CAD Workstation Platform Article
Two New CPUs Will Open More Options for the CAD Workstation Platform   17 Sep, 2020
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: Lenovo builds around AMD’s Threadripper PRO processor, while Intel ships the first fruits of Xe graphics and SuperFin technology.

Workstation CPU Cores and Clocks: An Inconvenient Tradeoff Article
Workstation CPU Cores and Clocks: An Inconvenient Tradeoff   20 Aug, 2020
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: The inverse relationship between core count and frequency presents a tricky tradeoff to navigate when choosing a CAD workstation CPU.

Chiplet Architectures Emerge as One Arrow in Industry Quiver of Technologies Extending Compute Performance Article
Chiplet Architectures Emerge as One Arrow in Industry Quiver of Technologies Extending Compute Performance   16 Jul, 2020
By: Alex Herrera

As the trend described by Moore’s Law comes to its inevitable end, CAD users and other compute-hungry professionals need the industry to find ways to deliver generation-to-generation improvements in performance.

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