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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 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   1 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   18 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   20 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   16 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?   18 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   14 Mar, 2018
By: Alex Herrera

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

Navigate the Evolving Choices for CAD Workstation CPUs, Part 1 Article
Navigate the Evolving Choices for CAD Workstation CPUs, Part 1   27 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   30 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?    30 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?   15 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?

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