By Courtney E. Howard, Senior Technical Editor
Intel recently unveiled its latest innovations, including Xeon processors with Extended Memory 64-bit Technology (EM64T), triggering a number of announcements from industry-leading workstation vendors. Moreover, Intel's PCI Express graphics bus is gaining popularity, and finding a home in the latest workstation offerings from industry-leading manufacturers. Al-though a number of mobile workstations targeted at content creators have come to market, this page concentrates on the latest releases in the desktop workstation arena. For more information, visit www.onlinecenter.to/cgw.
Verari Systems, formerly RackSaver, unveiled its latest graphics workstation: the NemeSys X64 during SIGGRAPH 2004 in Los Angeles last month. Attendees were among the first to witness Verari Systems' new dual-processor workstation designed for creative and technical professionals. The NemeSys X64 boasts 64-bit Intel Xeon processors, Intel EM64 Technology, and a PCI Express Nvidia graphics card. For more specifics about the NemeSys X64, turn to pg. 4.
Dell has launched the Precision 470 and 670, which employ Intel Xeon processors with EM64T. Able to power 64-bit as well as 32-bit programs, the company's new dual-processor-capable systems incorporate DDR2 memory and the PCI Express bus to ensure heightened performance and future scalability.
Boxx Technologies has introduced its 4200 and 8200 series of digital content creation workstations. For 2D, 3D, and digital video, the 4200 family offers single-processor Pen-tium 4 systems. The 8200 series, designed for animators and video editors, boasts Intel Xeon-based, dual-processor configurations.
Alienware has announced the MJ-12 3100 workstation based on the Intel Tumwater chipset, PCI Express, and DDR2 memory. The MJ-12 can accommodate up to two high-performance video cards; as a result, it can support four displays. Starting at $1935, the MJ-12 3100 includes the Nvidia Quadro FX4000 graphics card and a choice of high-end software and hardware options, including a 400gb hard drive. The new release is optimized for digital content creators with a large amount of space, high processing speed, and cutting-edge software and hardware components.
Hewlett-Packard has launched three new personal workstations: the xw8200, xw6200, and xw4200. All three models boast the company's latest advancements, including an innovative tool-less design for faster service and improved acoustics via new quiet fan technology. Able to run 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows and Linux, the xw8200 and xw6200 boast the Intel Tumwater chipset, Intel Xeon processors with EM64T, and PCI Express technology.
Apple has premiered the Power Mac G5, equipped with a 64-bit desktop processor and 1ghz front-side bus. The workstation, powered by the PowerPC G5 processor from IBM and Apple, features 64-bit processing technology, enabling users to benefit from memory expansion (up to 8gb) and 64-bit computing. The Power Mac G5 is available now in three configurations.
IBM has infused its ThinkCentre A51p workstation with a tool-less enclosure, front airflow cooling, IBM Rescue and Recovery, and the IBM Embedded Security Subsystem. The new model incorporates the Intel 915G Express chipset, a Pentium 4 processor, standard Gigabit Ethernet, DDR2 memory support, and a 16-lane PCI Express graphics bus with an ATI graphics adapter.