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2014

Surprising Results from SOLIDWORKS Workstation Graphic Benchmarking - using Lenovo ThinkStation E32 to test discrete vs integrated GPUs found Intel is gaining ground on NVIDIA, Stephen Wolfe & Jon Peddie, Graphic Speak, Aug 22, 2014

Teradici and Dell Launch Software-Based Workstation Virtualization at SIGGRAPH 2014 - PC over IP approach lets user use lightweight device to access, drive more powerful machine hosted on server or located offsite, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Aug 12, 2014

A Peek Inside Dell's Precision Workstation Labs - Dell's emphasis on systems engineering, efforts to deliver optimum performance, reliability in its Precision workstations, Dell Precision Performance Optimizer tool to simplify, automate, optimize workstation settings, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Aug 4, 2014

Is Cloud-Based CAD Ready for Prime Time, Pt 3 - server-based computing solutions offer high-performance, interactive computing for CAD, Alex Herrera, Cadalyst, July 31, 2014

Workstation Review: Digital Storm Slade PRO - entry-level workstation is available in 4 different configurations, well built, uses excellent components, offers lifetime customer care, unsurprising performance, base price starts at $1,910, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, Aug 1, 2014

Why CAD Standards are Still Important - CAD standards save time, make training easier, outsourcing more efficient; set high-level list of objectives that should be addressed by CAD standards, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, July 24, 2014

The Smart Money is on a Workstation Refresh - investing in memory than opting for highest end CPU can deliver performance boost for less money, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2014

Is Cloud-Based CAD Ready for Prime Time, Pt 2 - past obstacles to server-based computing viability, workstation-caliber SBC may be ready for prime time, Alex Herrera, Cadalyst, July 8, 2014

Choose the Right Workstation Hardware for Maximum Performance and Value - Workstations vs. High- Performance PCs, consider efficiency of CPUs, GPUs, APUs, storage, memory, Frank Ohlhorst, Desktop Engineering, June 1, 2014

CAD Value and Workstation Performance are Not Mutually Exclusive - choosing workstation, consider video card options, ECC memory, solid-state drives, Frank Ohlhorst, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2014

Select the Appropriate GPU for Your CAD Workflow and Your Budget, Pt 1 - factors deciding reliability of GPU: ISV certification, qualification, testing, long-term support, also evaluate price, performance, Alex Herrera, Cadalyst, June 12, 2014

Is Cloud-Based CAD Ready for Prime Time? - benefits of server-based computing for CAD community: global collaboration with 24-hour productivity, security, more sensible allocation of computing resources for big-data applications, Alex Herrera, Cadalyst, May 31, 2014

How Fast Is It? Assess Your Graphics Hardware - benchmark tests may be imperfect tools, but are valuable source of performance data, consider benchmarks designed, maintained by independent 3rd parties like SPEC, Cadalyst, Alex Herrera, Cadalyst, May 21, 2014

Intel - Selecting Components for a CAD Desktop - take advantage of development cycles to get best price, performance, choose current generation processor with lowest price, fastest clock speed, Scott Wertel, Engineering.com, May 12, 2014

How Much GPU Memory Do You Need for CAD? - brief history of GPU memory uses, big effect on CAD performance, rules of thumb for GPU memory, Alex Herrera, Cadalyst, Apr 30, 2014

COFES Day 3 - roundtable discussion by Jon Peddie on future hardware, its implication, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Apr 26, 2014

CPUs, GPUs, APUs and You - simulation software, 3D modeling solutions, advance design systems are being driven by HPC hardware, Frank Ohlhorst, Desktop Engineering, Apr 2014

Render on the Go with VRED and renderPRO - ray tracing app, VRED produces very high quality renders, quickly, can do advanced, accurate light visualization; renderPRO has dual Xeon processors, SSD, 128GB of DDR3 RAM to empower VRED demo on laptop, Mark Clarkson, Desktop Engineering, Mar 29, 2014

HP Z Turbo Drive: Workstation-Class PCIe SSDs Go Mainstream - designed to overcome bandwidth limitations of SATA 3.0 interface, comes in 256GB/512GB capacities, priced at $499, $899 respectively, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Apr 10, 2014

Digital Storm Slade PRO - entry-level workstation is built around ASUS Sabertooth 79 motherboard, powered by Intel 3.4-GHz i7 4930K processor, 32 GB system memory, good expanding options, base price of $1,881, Art Liddle, Cadalyst, Apr 10, 2014

Mobile Workstations for CAD: A Buyer's Guide - consider features like mobility, display, processor, graphics, memory, storage, battery, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Feb 3, 2014

Prelude to GTC 2014: Recapturing the Skateboard Shoe's Classic Simplicity in Virtual Tools - designers can interact with photo-realistic shoe models in real time using RTT's GPU-accelerated visualization, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Mar 11, 2014

The New HP LaserJet Pro MFP M476 for Wireless Printing from Mobile Devices - addresses 4 key trends in industry: mobility, cloud and big data, security, change in workflows, Susan Smith, AECCafe Blogs, Feb 24, 2014

What Hardware do We Need to Run Our Program? - includes advantages, disadvantages of having multiple monitors, Gareth Spencer, CADline, Feb 7, 2014

2013

SSDs: Upgrading Your Workstation - consider sustained, random read/write speeds, results from CAD tests, endurance while buying solid state drive, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Dec 10, 2013

GPU Virtualization - virtual desktop infrastructures ensure delivery of high-performance graphics to virtual desktop users, no fear of losing intellectual property, DEVELOP 3D, Nov 25, 2013

3D Systems' Geomagic Capture Brings 3D Scanning to Engineers - 3D family of desktop scanner, software tools for professional scan-based design, quality inspection, plug-in packages cost $14,900, Jill Jerabek, Creo Community, Nov 15, 2013

Caustic Series2 Ray Tracing Acceleration Boards - focus of R2100, R2500 ray tracing cards is to ray trace rendering into viewport, use extremely low power, priced at $495, $995 respectively, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Nov 14, 2013

Specifying CAD Workstations, Demystified - industry expert Wes Shimanek on selecting Intel Core i5/i7 or Xeon processors, ground rules to purchase RAM, ECC memory, using SSDs, tips to configure CAD workstation cost effectively, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Nov 13, 2013

Geomagic Capture Brings Professional Scan-Design to the Desktop - software/hardware bundle for professional scan-to-design, quality inspection, price range from $14,900 to $24,900, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Nov 12, 2013

Faster Rendering and Visualization - choose appropriate combination of CPUs, ray tracing units, GPUs, GPU clusters, cloud rendering software like Autodesk 360, encourage less data preparation for GPUs to enhance rendering, Mark Clarkson, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2013

Review: Wacom's Pressure-Sensitive Intuos Creative Stylus for iPad - 2048 pressure levels, features comfortably-located rocker with ability to switch button functions, gives most natural sketching experience on iPad, available for $100, Simon Martin, SolidSmack, Oct 10, 2013

3D CAD Needs the Leap Motion Controller - technology programmed to detect motion of hands, fingers, has natural 3D interface, accuracy of 1/100 of millimeter, makes it competitive for CAD market, base price $79, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, Oct 7, 2013

Gesture-Based Design Engineering - gesture input can significantly improve modeling paradigm, can be adopted for design inspection, use for geometry construction may require efforts, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2013

HP Unveils New Workstations Line Up - HP unveiled ZBook trio of mobile workstations, announced Thunderbolt I/O, high-end monitors: Z22i, Z23i, Z24i, Z30i IPS, Alex Herrera, Graphic Speak, Sep 26, 2013

Intel Launches Next-Generation Ivy Bridge-EP CPU Family for New Round of Mobile and Deskside Workstations - evolving marketplace causes Intel to flip order in which new CPU technologies are introduced, Alex Herrera, Graphic Speak, Sep 19, 2013

New Workstations Arrive to Take Advantage of Ivy Bridge-EP - Dell, HP, Fujitsu are offering Ivy Bridge-EP upgrade to its workstations, Lenovo, Apple will be along shortly, Alex Herrera, Graphic Speak, Sep 20, 2013

HP's Expanded Z Line - trio of ultrabook workstations with 14", 15", 17" screens, Intel dual- or quad-core Haswell CPU, promoted Thunderbolt 2 ports as alternative to USB 3, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, Sep 17, 2013

HP Marries Workstation Power with Ultrabook Portability - releases ZBook mobile workstation with enhanced Z desktops, ergonomic monitors, portable power, updated processors, RAM, external I/O support, Z displays, IPS Generation 2 panels, base price $729, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Sep 10, 2013

How Well Can a ChromeBook Run cloudCAD? - performance of CAD Web apps on ChromeBook is disappointing, notebook computer running Android makes better sense, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, Sep 10, 2013

Review: Top-Performing Portable Workstation - mobile workstation GoBOXX G2720 has 17.3" full HD backlit LED screen, 3.6GHz Intel Core i7-3820 quad-core processor, 120GB SSD, excellent performance, available for $5,985, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2013

Samsung 840 EVO SSD - 1TB  drive uses SATA 3.0 interface, available in 5 capacities, delivers bigger capacities, better performance, includes smart features designed to boost read/write speeds, DEVELOP 3D, Aug 20, 2013

AMD Looks Ahead to Gains in the Workstation Market - workstation market represents high end of desktop computing, AMD announces performance gains for PTC Creo 2.0, Dassault's SIMULIA analysis program, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, Aug 22, 2013

And the New Speed Champ Is - Ciara Kronos 800S is single-socket workstation, has Intel Core i7-2700K CPU, ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z motherboard, performs 18% faster than fastest dual-socket system, available for $5,714 David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, Aug 1, 2013

Pictures from the SIGGRAPH 2013 Show Floor, Pt 2 - NVIDIA announced Kepler-based Quadro K6000 GPU, Pixologic unveiled ZBrush 4R6, providing Sculptris app for free, Akiko Ashley, Architosh, Aug 6, 2013

Pictures from the SIGGRAPH 2013 Show Floor, Pt 1 - Apple organized job fair, Side Effects Software announced Houdini ENGINE, AMD showcased OpenCL acceleration, LightWorks announced iRay+ API technology, partnership with NVIDIA, Akiko Ashley, Architosh, Aug 2, 2013

LMI Will Scan You But It Won't Be Pretty - LMI introduces low-cost KScan3D system to create 3D color scan that stitches multiple scans together automatically, employs HDI 3D scanner unlike most other systems, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, July 25, 2013

zSpace Interacts with 3D CAD - large monitor resting on desk at angle, pair of infrared cameras are built into the bezel, polarizing glasses help interact with 3D model, price starts at $6000, Ralph Grabowski, CAD Insider, July 26, 2013

Why Can't They Just Get Along? CPUs and GPUs - Phil Rogers of HSA discusses functions of free, documented API to make use of both CPUs, GPUs, Ralph Grabowski, CAD Insider, July 26 2013

Leonar3Do Go Bird a Steal for Sculpting Models - Go Bird consists of 2 parts: polarizing glasses to see models in 3D, bird-like 3D mouse for editing 3D model, selecting commands from screen, available for $500, Ralph Grabowski, CAD Insider, July 24, 2013

Dell Whispers of the Biggest Monitor and the Highest Resolution for Laptop - M3800 mobile workstation has 17" display with 3200x1800 resolution; UP-32 is 32" monitor with 4K resolution, supports graphics boards with DisplayLink ports, Ralph Grabowski, CAD Insider, July 25, 2013

3D Laser Scanning: Different Type of Scanners - basis of scanning terms: 3D scanner, 3D object scanning, LiDAR, point cloud; different types of 3D laser scanners: airborne, mobile, phased-based, time of flight, Eugene O'Day, Ideate, July 11, 2013 

Compute Upgrading for Performance - upgrading to solid state hard drives, overclocked CPUs, large/multiple monitors might deliver performance boost, plan, execute regular benchmarking strategy, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2013

What Marketing Gives, Engineering Takes - Intel Haswell processor runs at slower clock speed, has only 4 cores, doesn't have faster graphics, users can't upgrade easily due to new socket designs, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, June 18, 2013

zSpace Integrates with Teamcenter Visualization Mockup - interacting with model using 3D glasses seems easy, duplicated compass icon, buttons on stylus perform different functions, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, June 16, 2013

Security & CAD Workstations - basic sign-on functionalities should be in place, up to date anti-virus, anti-malware, other basic security tools must be installed, use disk encryption to protect data, Aaron Goldberg, CAD/CAM Performance, June 6, 2013

Workstation Market Not Feeling Same Pain as Broader PC Market - Dell looses share (31%) while Lenovo gains; HP holds steady, with 42% of units sold, Graphic Speak, June 6, 2013

First Acer Workstations Now Available - 3 models of Veriton P Series launched, featuring Intel Xeon processors, NVIDIA Quadro or Tesla graphics, 80 Plus Gold power supplies, targeted for advanced applications like CAD, base price $999, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, June 5, 2013

Intel Haswell Signals Shifting Focus with Mobile Readiness and Power Efficiency - Haswell product lineup for desktop, mobile spaces, workstations, preparing for multitouch, mobile, better parallel processing, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, June 4, 2013

First Acer Workstations Now Available - 3 models of Veriton P Series launched, featuring Intel Xeon processors, NVIDIA Quadro or Tesla graphics, 80 Plus Gold power supplies, targeted for advanced applications like CAD, base price $999, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, June 5, 2013

Intel Haswell Signals Shifting Focus with Mobile Readiness and Power Efficiency - Haswell product lineup for desktop, mobile spaces, workstations, preparing for multitouch, mobile, better parallel processing, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, June 4, 2013

HP Tablet Connects with Your HP Workstation - HP ElitePad runs Windows 8, includes keyboard, able to control and access workstation remotely, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, June 3, 2013

Change Brewing in the Computer Power Game - Intel Haswell promises low power, longer battery life, driving slim-computing vision for professional workstations, high-performance computing markets, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, June 1, 2013

Microsoft's Big Screen - You Want This for Your Design Review - interactive screen 'Perceptive Pixel' recognizes many finger tips at once, helps mark up design with handwriting, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, June 3, 2013

NVIDIA - The Only Winner in Q1 Graphics Market - overall market was down 2.9% sequentially: AMD revenue was flat, Intel slipped 5.3%, but NVIDIA increased by 3.6% quarter-to-quarter, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, May 17, 2013

New Deadlines, Old Workstations - A Bad Combination - waiting time due to slow workstation performance is intolerable; dropping prices, increasing capabilities of workstations are making upgrades less costly, Aaron Goldberg, CAD/CAM Performance, May 16, 2013

Spider 3D Scanner Targets Small, Intricate Objects - lightweight, handheld scanner can scan sharp edges, small details in real time with great resolution, accuracy, priced at $20,500, Nancy Spurling Johnson, Cadalyst, May 16, 2013

Laser Scanning Hardware  - discussing plant field, BIM, civil/survey workflows, YouTube, May 9, 2013

NVIDIA GRID VCA - visual computing appliance can turn any device into powerful virtual 3D workstation, targets small and medium business, 2 models available: base, max systems, DEVELOP 3D, May 2, 2013

NVIDIA GTC 2013 - GRID visual computing device launched, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang's keynote on remote graphics, SolidWorks presentation, customers shared experiences with GPU-based workflows, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, May 2, 2013

Mobile Workstations are Now an Essential Tool - confirm workstation flexibility that allows it to add multiple monitors, support storage, provide superior base system performance, Aaron Goldberg, CAD/CAM Performance, Apr 18, 2013

Solid State Drives for CAD Workstations - use SSDs in combination with HDDs to enhance performance, lower latency, or use hybrid drives, Alex Herrera, CADspeed, Apr 9, 2013

CPU, GPU or Both? - use GPU for simulation specific computations, CPU for SIMD computations, or OpenCL based multiprocessors, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, Apr 1, 2013

Key Cost Justifications for New CAD Workstations - perform cost-benefit analysis by checking productivity of CAD professional, system performance, current workstation upgrades, Aaron Goldberg, CAD/CAM Performance, Apr 4, 2013

Seeing Ray Tracing in a Different Light - perform interactive ray tracing, manipulate geometry, provide lighting using Caustic Visualizer plug-in, Neon for Rhino, Mark Clarkson, Desktop Engineering, Apr 1, 2013

The Evolution of Workstations - vendors improving workstations: innovative designs, expansion options, ease of service, balancing price against features to get competitive edge, Frank Ohlhorst, Desktop Engineering, Apr 1, 2013

3D InterOp in a Multi-Core World, Pt 1 - multi-threading, multi-processing in multi-core machines, introduction to parallelization, Developer 2 Developer, Spatial.com, Mar 13, 2013

Lenovo's New Convertible Devices - ThinkPad Helix has 'rip and flip' design to detach tablet/display, 256GB SSD storage; IdeaPad Yoga 11S allows display to be rotated around, then folded back to act as tablet/laptop, John Evans, Design and Motion, Mar 4, 2013

Tough Cookies - DAP MT1010 lightweight tablet with 10.1", sunlight-viewable multi-touch capacitive display, dust resistant I/O ports, standard dual autofocus cameras, ideal for on-site collaboration, working in challenging environments, CAD User, Jan/Feb 2013

Considering Low Cost Workstations - check memory capacity, extensibility, disk performance, graphics quality, consistency, software integration, Aaron Goldberg, CAD/CAM Performance, Feb 21, 2013

Google Chromebook Pixel - Mobile CAD Workstation or Overpriced Web Browser - 12.85" display with 3:2 aspect ratio, Gorilla Glass multi-touch screen, 4GB DDR3 RAM, Backlit Chrome keyboard, 59 Wh battery, Brian Benton, CAD-a-Blog, Feb 21, 2013

Dell Gets Ready to Go Private: What Does It Mean for Professional Workstation Users - expected to be more responsive to technology buyers' changing computing preferences, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Feb 11, 2013

First Look: Caustic Series2 Ray Tracing Acceleration Boards - Caustic R2100, R2500 boards include 4 GB, 16GB memory, user talks about comparable existing products in market, workflow improvement, Simon Martin, SolidSmack, Feb 7, 2013

A Look at the Latest SSDs - benchmarking solid-state drives vs standard hard drive, building baseline, comparing SSDs from Intel, Kingston, Corsair, OCZ, Frank Ohlhorst, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2013

Do You Really Need ECC Memory for CAD Workstation Computing - benefits of using ECC technology like reduced memory corruption errors outweigh comparative speed/cost drawbacks, Tony DeYoung, CADspeed, Jan 31, 2013

SSDs for CAD - high-performance solid state drive provides latency, random read/write performance; testing Intel SSD 520 Series, OCZ Vertex 4, PNY Prevail Elite, Samsung SSD 840 Pro, Greg Corke, Develop 3D, Jan 24, 2013

AMD FirePro Solutions: Eyefinity Graphics Workstation, Remote Graphics Server and Professional APU Tablet - Fujitsu 1-U remote graphics workstation with AMD FirePro W7000, FirePro-capable APU in tablet were displayed in 3DExperience event, Tom Lansford, CADdigest.com, Jan 15, 2013

2012

Does Leasing Your CAD Hardware Make Sense? - consider duration of lease, benefits of known hardware costs, pricing in lease options, Aaron Goldberg, CAD/CAM Performance, Dec 20, 2012

Caustic Series2 PC Boards Accelerate Maya, 3ds Max - Caustic Visualizer viewport renderer supports accurate reflections, soft shadows, diffuse reflections, Nancy Spurling Johnson, Cadalyst, Dec 19, 2012

Protect Sensitive Data with Easy, Secure Data Image Overwrite for Your Large Format Devices - properly dispose data stored on large format printer, consider e-shredding options, Bob Honn of Oce, CADspeed, Dec 17, 2012

Looking Ahead at CAD Workstations - discussing trends: GPU computing, multi-core computing, Aaron Goldberg, CAD/CAM Performance, Dec 13, 2012

Faster Rendering at Lower Watt with Dedicated Ray-Tracing Unit - Caustic Visualizer works with CPU to deliver optimized rendering power, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Dec 11, 2012

Year in Review: The Workstation Separates From the PC Pack in 2012 - workstation market continues to grow in 2012, leaving behind broader PC market, Alex Herrera, Graphic Speak, Dec 13, 2012

Exclusive Interview: Caustic Puts Ray Tracing into Hardware - Q&A about hardware-based ray tracing, Caustic acquisition, making CAD software work, Brazil API, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, Dec 11, 2012

The Workstation Market Finds its Groove in the 3rd Quarter - HP holds control over workstation market, Lenovo continues record of steady growth, rising to 13%, Graphic Speak, Dec 10, 2012

Caustic Introduces Ray-Tracing Accelerator Boards - ray tracing accelerator PC board uses ray-tracing chipset, caustic visualizer, photorealistic viewport, Jon Peddie, Graphic Speak, Dec 6, 2012

Optimize Workstations for Faster Simulations - choose right CPU, RAM, SSD, graphic cards configurations to maximize performances, Frank Ohlhorst, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2012

Twenty Petaflops of Supercomputer Power from Off-the-Shelf Parts - Titan supercomputer leverages x86 CPUs, paired with NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPUs, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Nov 16, 2012

CAD at a Distance: Using Citrix for Workstation Virtualization - in collaboration with NVIDIA VGX K2 GPUs, Citrix offers 3D graphics acceleration options, Evan Yares, 3D CAD Tips, Oct 26, 2012

Hard Drives for CAD Workstations: SATA and SA-SCSI Standards - less-expensive SATA drives support 7,200-RPM speeds, SA-SCSI drive requires motherboard interface, Alex Herrera, CADspeed, Oct 3, 2012

Q&A: AMDs' Graphics Business Unit and Its New Graphics Boards - Allen Bourgoyne of AMD about its history, Heterogeneous System Architecture, effect of cloud, new line of FirePro graphics boards, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Sep 24, 2012

Recommended Hardware for CAD, Pt 1: AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit and Other Autodesk Applications - certified vs. recommended rating, understand common terms related to graphics, system for getting right results, CADspeed, Sep 19, 2012

Here's Why CAD Should Run 10-100x Faster in 2-3 Years - CAD software spends most of its time waiting for user, rewriting software to run in parallel is hard, inefficient, Henrik Vallgren, upFront.eZine, Sep 18, 2012

Here's Why CAD Should Run 10-100x faster in 2-3 Years, Pt 2 - mobile platforms gain popularity as they run software faster, consume less energy, Henrik Vallgren, upFront.eZine, Sep 18, 2012

Multiple Display Support for CAD Workstations - consider 2 less-expensive, dual-monitor cards, OEM's product configurator is helpful in making right choice, Alex Herrera, CADspeed, Sep 12, 2012

GPU Compute for Workstations - 2 competing programming frameworks for GPU compute: CUDA, OpenCL; understand key specifications like on board memory, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Sep 5, 2012

Virtualization and the GPU - NVIDIA VGX Hypervisor platform provides software interface to create, manage virtual machines for multiple workstations, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2012

Consumer PCs vs. Pro Workstations - consumer workstations cost less, but incompatibility with professional software, limited accuracy, error detection, correction features can add costs later, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2012

Choose the Right GPU For Your CAD Workstation - 5 categories of GPUs, optimizing GPU performance, Alex Herrera, CADspeed, Sep 5, 2012

Buying a New CAD Workstation? Know Your Software System Requirements - CAD-certified graphics cards: professional-brand NVIDIA Quadro, AMD FirePro, Alex Herrera, CADspeed, Aug 30, 2012

North American Eagle Using Modified Jet Fighter in Land Speed Record Bid - team aims to go faster than 763 MPH; CFD analysis running on Lenovo workstations is critical, Rachel Park, CADdigest.com, Aug 13, 2012

AMD's Accelerated Processing Unit: Will It Make Your New CAD Hardware More Affordable? - new strategy, competitive pricing, implications for CAD Professionals, Alex Herrera, CADspeed, Aug 22, 2012

Your Next CAD Workstation - consider learning curve, hardware components, software upgrades while purchasing new workstation, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, Aug 1, 2012

The zSpace Display: A Real Hands-on 3D Experience - wearing polarized glasses, fuzzy display transforms into collection of 3D models, light, comfortable stylus with perfect responsiveness, JF Brandon, SolidSmack, Aug 1, 2012

Are Intel’s CPU-Integrated GPUs Good Enough for CAD?, Pt 2 - CPU-integrated graphics will be appropriate choice for budget-conscious professionals, Alex Herrera, CADspeed, July 11, 2012

Are Intel's CPU-Integrated GPUs Good Enough for CAD?, Pt 1 - Sandy Bridge graphics intended to provide competent graphics, high performance for CAD users with small budgets, Alex Herrera, CADspeed, July 11, 2012

Review: Fujitsu Celsius M720 - 32nm Intel Sandy Bridge Xeon processor, NVIDIA Quadro 2000 graphics controller, dual display support, 1TB magnetic SATA disk for data, Alan Stevens, Business Computing World, July 2, 2012

A Very Affordable Workstation - entry-level Lenovo ThinkStation E30 has Intel Xeon E3-1230 quad core CPU, NVIDIA Quadro 600 graphics accelerator, auto-sensing power supply, provides modest performance, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, July 2, 2012

A Very Affordable Workstation - entry-level Lenovo ThinkStation E30 has Intel Xeon E3-1230 quad core CPU, NVIDIA Quadro 600 graphics accelerator, auto-sensing power supply, provides modest performance, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, July 2, 2012

GPU-Accelerated Transparency for 3D CAD with Creo Parametric 2.0 and AMD FirePro - order independent transparency fixes visual artifacts, removes jagged triangles or distorted banding, CADspeed, June 27, 2012

A Look at Lenovo ThinkStation Workstations: E31, S30, C30, D30 - strong, seamless performance, eco-friendly, professional-grade computing for budget-minded users, Bill Martin-Otto, CAD/CAM Performance, June 29, 2012

Faster, Better Transparency Mode Rendering in Creo Parametric 2.0 is Result of Efforts by AMD and PTC - GPU-accelerated technique, order-independent transparency results in 900% faster rendering performance, Nancy Spurling Johnson, Cadalyst, June 26, 2012

PC or Workstation - What's the Difference? - detailed look at differentiating areas: CPU/GPU, expansion capabilities, quality, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, June 21, 2012

First Quarter Workstation Market Looking to Break Out of Recent Doldrums - despite 2 consecutive quarters of negative growth HP remains leader, Lenovo continues to roll, Graphic Speak, June 20, 2012

Intel Xeon Phi Enters Parallel Quest for HPC Dominance - coprocessor contains 50 cores, minimum of 8GB of GDDR5 memory, 512b wide SIMD support, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, June 18, 2012

Intel's Ivy Bridge Processors Hit the CAD Workstation Marketplace - improved integrated graphics, native support for 3 monitors, evolutionary transistor structure offers same performance at 50% fewer watts, Alex Herrera, CADspeed, June 13, 2012

Tablets in DAQ for Engineering - 3 differences in creating data acquisition app on tablet vs creating one on PC, Peter Anderson, Desktop Engineering, June 1, 2012

Processors for CAD Hardware: Find the Balance Between Multiple Cores and Increased Single-Thread Performance - opt for fast processor for CAD modeling, multiple processor for rendering tasks, Alex Herrera, CADspeed, June 6, 2012

What's Up With the GPU? - single-instruction-multiple-data processing architecture, calculating unique index, Developer 2 Developer, Spatial.com, May 17, 2012

Siemens PLM Connection 2012: Hardware Spotting - 3D mice, touch-sensitive tablets, multi-touch displays, virtual-reality goggles are options for CAD users to work with 3D data, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, May 17, 2012

GTC 2012: GPU, Virtually Yours - GPU virtualization helps access GPU-driven digital-content creation or design software hosted on remote machine from lightweight tablet device, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, May 16, 2012

Why Are You Wasting So Much Workstation Potential? - configure hardware, choose software, set up cluster, benefits of workstation-based virtual cluster, Bill Martin-Otto, CAD/CAM Performance, May 10, 2012

Are Engineers Ready to Go Mobile? - CAD vendor offer mobile apps to easily access product data, effectively collaborate with peers; tablets, smart phones offer capabilities like GPS tracking, accelerometers, video capabilities, voice, Beth Stackpole, Design News, May 11, 2012

HP Z1 Hype - SPARCstation SLC by Sun Microsystems in 1990 had motherboard built into monitor casing similar to HP Z1 workstation, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, Apr 24, 2012

View Your CAD Drawings on 220dpi Screens, Eventually, Predicts Intel - drawbacks: graphics boards need more RAM, faster refresh rates, system text will become even tinier, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Apr 13, 2012

Benefits of GPU Accelerator - speeds up overall solution times by performing some of computation on supported graphics cards, supports sparse direct, PCG iterative, JCG iterative equation solvers, Sheldon Imaoka, ANSYS, Mar 29, 2012

How Much RAM Should You Buy for a CAD Workstation? - 6-16 GB of DDR3 1333-MHz RAM within reasonable budget is fine; consider DIMM slots, error correcting code also, Alex Herrera, CADspeed, Mar 20, 2012

An Update on HP ePrint - connecting to remote printers, eprinting from iPads, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, Mar 20, 2012

Jon Peddie Research: Workstation Market Shows Return of Momentum - HP gains 33% of market share, taking top position, while Lenovo showed highest growth rate, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Feb 15, 2012

The New Multicore - processors from Intel, AMD, ARM, powerful graphics like NVIDIA Maximus are defining new level of high-performance computing, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2012

WiFi for the CAD Workstation, Pt 1: WiFi-G and WiFi-N - 802.11n compliant WiFi-N wireless networking technology is 6 times faster than WiFi-G, Curt Moreno, CADspeed, Jan 17, 2012

RAID for the CAD Workstation - redundant array of independent disks provide reliability, data security, Alex Herrera, CADspeed, Jan 6, 2012

Mobile vs Deskside: CAD Workstations Don't Follow Conventional Rules - share of mobile workstation market flat for 2 years, no broad-based replacement to traditional workstations, Alex Herrera, CADspeed, Jan 4, 2012

2011

Connectivity Options and the CAD Workstation, Pt 2: PCI, FireWire and eSATA - PCI slot for low-demand legacy cards; FireWire, eSATA will be useful only for supporting legacy devices, Alex Herrera, CADspeed, Dec 20, 2011

U-Pointer - slick system turns projected image into interactive surface for design review, annotation capture, easy-to-save whiteboard sessions as computer files, price is relatively high, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Dec 20, 2011

Connectivity Options and the CAD Workstation, Pt 1: Networking and USB Ports - consider security requirements with wireless networking, number of USB ports desired, Alex Herrera, CADspeed, Dec 16, 2011

CAD Workstation Storage, Pt 2: Guidelines for Choosing HDD or SSD - tips for using HDD/SSD to enhance workstation data storage, helps in handling modeling data structure, Alex Herrera, CADspeed, Dec 8, 2011

CAD Workstation Storage, Pt 1: The Evolving Tradeoffs Between HDD and SSD - hard disk drives have advantages of cost, capacity over solid-state drives, Alex Herrera, CADspeed, Dec 6, 2011

GPU vs. CPU: You May Not Have to Choose - engineering analysis and simulation sector growing slowly to accommodate both industry-standard CPUs, parallel processing GPUs, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2011

Four Things to do with Your Old CAD Hardware System, Pt 2: Donating and Recycling - donate to local nonprofit organization, school district, charitable organizations; dispose electronics properly through reputable recycler, CADspeed, Dec 1, 2011

Four Things to do with Your Old CAD Hardware System, Pt 1: Internal Needs - low-level, non-CAD users can find value in old hardware, CADspeed, Nov 29, 2011

How Much Should You Spend on a New CAD Workstation? Pt 2: Mid-Range and High-End Systems - plan system purchase according to base requirements for selected CAD software, Alex Herrera, CADspeed, Nov 22, 2011

How Much Should You Spend on a New CAD Workstation? Pt 1: Entry-Level Systems - for a workstation anything under $2500 is entry-level system, Alex Herrera, CADspeed, Nov 17, 2011

The Difference Between a Workstation and Consumer-Grade PC for CAD - considering economy of scale, independent software vendor certification, graphics cards, Alex Herrera, CADspeed, Nov 15, 2011

Advert for Wacom's Magic Wand - Inkling pen captures movements made on paper, transmits them to storage device for further processing into corresponding digital images, MAXON, Nov 11, 2011

Sustainability and the CAD Workstation: Heat, Noise and Power Consumption - manufacturers are paying attention to effective chassis design to optimize air flow, cooling, reduce noise, Alex Herrera, CADspeed, Nov 3, 2011

The Right Tool for the Job - professional workstations offer expanded work capabilities, gain in employee productivity, Cyrena Respini-Irwin, Cadalyst, Oct 5, 2011

What Type of Computer Do You Use for CAD Work? - 37% use desktop workstations, 35% use PCs, 11% use mobile workstations, 7% use Mac, CADspeed, Sep 23, 2011

Choose the Best Display for Your CAD Work, Pt 2: Getting the Most for Your Money - view display closely, personally before buying, spend extra money to buy good display, fine-tuning display with software-based utilities, Art Liddle, CADspeed, Sep 15, 2011

How to Configure a Workstation for CAD - consider system requirements for primary CAD app, factors like CAD-optimized GPU, data security, connectivity, Alex Herrera, Cadalyst, Sep 15, 2011

Choose the Best Display for Your CAD Work, Pt 1: Where to Start - don't cut short display budget, buy largest display allowed in budget, consider resolution, brightness, response time, Art Liddle, CADspeed, Sep 13, 2011

Speed Up Civil 3D with a 64-bit Operating System, Pt 3: Selling to the Boss - compare benefits with costs involved, Curt Moreno, CADspeed, Sep 8, 2011

Computing for the Mobile Engineer - it is feasible to carry entire computing environment including servers, workstations, network infrastructure as per engineering-on-the-go concept, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2011

SIGGRAPH 2011 Vancouver - optimizing drivers for applications, problem with Apple, future of SPEC, benchmarking, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, Sep 2, 2011

Speed Up Civil 3D with a 64-Bit Operating System, Pt 1: The Benefits - 64-bit OS provide up to 128GB RAM, manage it efficiently in memory allocation, computational processing, Curt Moreno, CADspeed, Sep 1, 2011

Cadalyst Systems Benchmark, Pt 3: The Compare Option - save, compare times for different test runs, creating new set of relative index numbers, Art Liddle, CADspeed, Aug 30, 2011

Cadalyst Systems Benchmark, Pt 2: Download, Installation and Operation - record current system configuration, test functions, number of test loops, Art Liddle, CADspeed, Aug 25, 2011

Cadalyst Systems Benchmark, Part 1: Evaluate and Compare Workstations Running AutoCAD - functions of 3D/2D graphics index, disc, CPU indices, Art Liddle, CADspeed, Aug 16, 2011

Will Fusion Propel AMD Back Into the Workstation Processor Market? - silicon integration of CPU, GPU might bring opportunities for AMD in growing workstation market, Alex Herrera, GraphicSpeak, Aug 8, 2011

Seeking Real ROI in a New Workstation - benchmarks provide only indication of raw capabilities, have limited role in accessing ROI, Alex Herrera, Graphic Speak, Aug 1, 2011

How to Build a Faster 3D CAD PC - cores vs higher speed, selecting graphics card, hard drives, Scott Bruins, GrabCAD, July 12, 2011

Computers for MCAD - defining workstation, comparing high-end desktop PCs with entry- level workstations, Renganathan Subramanyam of HP, Machine Design, July 7, 2011

Physics Finds Its Way Into a Broad Variety of Products and Applications - growth of physics software tools emerges when processing power becomes cheap, widely available, Kathleen Maher of Jon Peddie Research, CATIA Community, June 8, 2011

A CAD Manager's Guide to Hardware Upgrades, Pt 2 - upgrades based on workload, reusing hardware based on functionality, standardizing process, Curt Moreno, CADspeed, June 21, 2011

A CAD Manager's Guide to Hardware Upgrades, Pt 1 - CAD Manager is responsible for finding suitable hardware, success of hardware, reallocation of old hardware, Curt Moreno, CADspeed, May 26, 2011

Hardware Configurations for Solid Edge and Other CAD Applications - dual core vs quad core, higher power graphics, memory is required, Mark Burhop of Siemens PLM, CADspeed, June 14, 2011

The Advantages of Solid-State Drives for Solid Edge and Other CAD Applications - SSDs are less susceptible to physical shock, silent, have lower access time, latency, Mark Burhop of Siemens PLM, CADspeed, June 9, 2011

How Advances in Mobility Technology will Affect the CAD Workplace, Pt 2 - future of mobile CAD is world with holographic interfaces, Curt Moreno, CADspeed, May 26, 2011

Workstation Warranties: Are You Adequately Covered? - understand terms & conditions of warranty, typical turnaround times, handling common hardware malfunction, Greg Corke, AEC Magazine, Mar 4, 2011

How Advances in Mobility Technology Will Affect the CAD Workplace, Pt 1 - CAD professionals are free to roam with mobile workstations, Curt Moreno, CADspeed, May 25, 2011

Reprogram Your Mouse Buttons - reprogramming multibutton mouse: Logitech MX310, G5; AutoCAD settings for Logitech mouse, Richard Leveille, Cadalyst, May 12, 2011

Open Compute Brings the Open Hardware (and the 3D Models They Use) - efficient computing infrastructures at lowest possible cost, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, May 5, 2011

Is Your Hardware Preventing Your CAD Software from Reaching Its Potential? - minimum hardware requirements can minimize ROI, Curt Moreno, CADspeed, May 5, 2011

What's a Workstation Anymore? - comparing E3, i7 specs, advanced vector extensions, Matt Stachoni, upFront.eZine, May 3, 2011

Build a Network System for CAD Operations, Pt 3: Data Vaulting - offsite secure data vaulting service, online backups, offsite data vaulting, Mark Shaw & James Ecklund, CADspeed, Apr 29, 2011

Plan a CAD Software and Hardware Upgrade, Pt 3: Find the Right Solutions - be aware of software system requirements, think outside box, consider managed services, Mark Shaw & James Ecklund, CADspeed, Apr 28, 2011

Plan a CAD Software and Hardware Upgrade, Pt 2: Define Needs, Measure Productivity - measure technology pain points, find areas for improvement, Mark Shaw & James Ecklund, CADspeed, Apr 27, 2011

Plan a CAD Software and Hardware Upgrade, Pt 1: Working with Your IT Department - Mark Shaw & James Ecklund, CADspeed, Apr 26, 2011

Build a Network System for CAD Operations, Pt 1: Prevent Catastrophic Failure - backups crucial in production environment, Mark Shaw & James Ecklund, CADspeed, Apr 25, 2011

Build a Network System for CAD Operations, Pt 2: RAID - redundant array of independent disks for backup, Mark Shaw & James Ecklund, CADspeed, Apr 25, 2011

Hardware for the CAD Professional, Pt 7 - general categories for graphics cards, capacity of power supply, width of high-end graphics cards, Ron LaFon, CADspeed, Apr 21, 2011

Hardware for the CAD Professional, Pt 8 - installation, configuration of software drivers, maximizing performance, Ron LaFon, CADspeed, Apr 22, 2011

Optimize Your Hardware for Autodesk 3ds Max Design - considering processor, video cards, RAM, Eddie Perlberg of Autodesk, CADspeed, Apr 22, 2011

Hardware for the CAD Professional, Pt 6 - sufficient connectivity options, USB ports, FireWire, eSATA connection, Ron LaFon, CADspeed, Apr 20, 2011

Hardware for the CAD Professional, Pt 5 - hard drive capacity, speed, RAID configuration, SSD drives, Ron LaFon, CADspeed, Apr 19, 2011

Tips for Going Mobile with CAD, Pt 4 - display, hard drive, backup option for 15" mobile workstations, Tony DeYoung, CAD Speed, Apr 15, 2011

Tips for Going Mobile with CAD, Pt 3 - CPU, RAM, workstation graphics for 15" mobile workstations, Tony DeYoung, CAD Speed, Apr 15, 2011

Hardware for the CAD Professional, Pt 4 - RAM requirements, Ron LaFon, CADspeed, Apr 14, 2011

Hardware for the CAD Professional, Pt 3 - processors, cores, background processing, Ron LaFon, CADspeed, Apr 13, 2011

Hardware for the CAD Professional, Pt 1 - base requirements, additional requirements for 3D modeling, value for money, Ron LaFon, CADspeed, Apr 12, 2011

Hardware for the CAD Professional, Pt 2 - defining workstation categories, Ron LaFon, CADspeed, Apr 12, 2011

The Future in Graphics Boards for CAD Users - Jon Peddie discusses GPUs, HPUs (heterogeneous processing units), more, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, Apr 12, 2011

Memory Makes a Difference: Performance of ArchiCAD On 64-Bit vs 32-Bit Operating Systems - 64-bit Windows faster than 32-bit, Mark Shaw & James Ecklund, CAD Speed, Mar 15, 2011

How GPC-Based Accelerator Technology and Multi-Threading Support Can Improve TurboCAD and DoubleCAD Performance - graphics middleware integrated, multi-threading support to editing of solid models added, Bob Mayer of IMSI/Design, CAD Speed, Apr 6, 2011

Finding the Best Video Card for VectorWorks 2011 - consider video RAM, drivers, extended functionality, integrated graphics accelerators, Mark Farnan of Nemetschek VectorWorks, CAD Speed, Apr 5, 2011

Tips for Going Mobile with CAD, Pt 1 - limitations of 17" mobile workstation, Tony DeYoung, CAD Speed, Mar 23, 2011

Tips for Going Mobile with CAD, Pt 2 - recommended features while selecting 17" mobile workstation, Tony DeYoung, CAD Speed, Mar 23, 2011

 

2010

Matrox DualHead2Go DP Edition - hardware review, using dual 20-inch Apple Cinema Displays off 2009 MacBook with NVIDIA graphics, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Nov 29, 2010

Episode 303 - Benchmark Resources - measuring performance of hardware to run SolidWorks/related CAD activities, Lou Gallo, SolidWorks:Heard!, Oct 31, 2010

Clearing the Clouds - HP on Cloud Computing  - HP’s CTO, Christian Verstraete on cloud computing, presentation, Dora Smith, Siemens PLM Software Blog, Oct 25, 2010

Power and Potential: GPUs for Engineering Simulation - engineering simulation/analysis getting major hardware upgrade, rise of general purpose graphics processing units, CAE companies adjusting to new world of parallel computing, impressive speed gains, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Oct 27, 2010

Intous 4 - Pen Tablet - using pen tablet with Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Oct 20, 2010

The 18 Button Mouse That Will Make Your Fingers Explode with Joy - WarMouse Meta, analog joystick, 5600-CPI laser sensor, 512k of memory, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, July 7, 2010

- incentives of upgrade might outweigh resistance to change, Mark Kiker, AUGI, Mar 2010 (may require free registration)

Researchers Point Way to New Touch-Screen Technology - digital surface software application network, SurfNet, combined with multi-touch screen devices can increase collaboration among professionals, Vito Pilieci, Dose.ca, Mar 17, 2010

Choose the Best Monitor for CAD - considering screen size, resolution, sync rate, response time, antireflective coating, pricing, Ron LaFon, Cadalyst, Mar 18, 2010

Arrival of the Desktop Supercomputer - workstation based on Nehalem CPUs from Intel offer high productivity gain with strategic advantage, Randall Newton, Cadalyst, Mar 17, 2010

Is My Graphic Card AutoCAD Compatible? - manually tuning 3D performance settings of graphic card in AutoCAD, Orhan Toker, Daily AutoCAD, Mar 16, 2010

Delivering on the Potential of Multiple Cores for HPC - easy-to-learn Mitrion-C language helps developers write applications that can use multiple processor cores effectively, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, Jan 3, 2010

 

2009

Intel Shelves Larrabee Project  - teraflop computing is being offered by many GPUs, Intel is lagging behind, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Dec 8, 2009

NVIDIA Pitches GPU Computing in the Cloud - NVIDIA RealityServer consisted of Tesla GPUs to deliver photorealistic 3D rendering across Web in comparatively lesser time, Michael Feldman, HPCwire, Oct 21, 2009

NVIDIA to Take CAD Rendering to the Cloud with RealityServer 3.0 - CUDA based programming architecture, multiple general purpose GPU Tesla cards, able to render 3D scenes faster, Greg Corke, Develop 3D, Oct 21, 2009

Remote Rendering, Coming to a Browser Near You - NVIDIA's RealityServer to offer cloud-computing platform for 3D rendering, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Oct 21, 2009

GPU, Not Just for Graphics: Snapshots from NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference - NVIDIA introduces its supercomputer Fermi with 512 cores for high performance computing, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Oct 12, 2009

NVIDIA and Starting the Next Age of Super Computing - NVIDIA launches super computer processor Fermi, Jon Peddie, Jon Peddie Research, Oct 7, 2009

Different Strokes: AMD and NVIDIA's Approaches are Diverging in More Ways Than One - NVIDIA Fermi advocates GPU compute technology, unlike AMD, Alex Herrera, Jon Peddie Research, Oct 7, 2009

Engineering Workstations Change Dramatically - Intel Nehalem-powered HP systems deliver HPC at low cost, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, Aug 30, 2009

Real Time Ray Tracing Just a Couple Thousand Dollars Away - StudioGPU, NVIDIA, Caustic Graphics using GPUs to offer real-time ray tracing, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Aug 13, 2009

Matrox TripleHead2Go Better Than One Display - digital edition of graphic expansion module connects computer video output to 3 external monitors, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, Jul 27, 2009

Multicore Matters - performance of multicore processors will immensely improve when combined with appropriate software running multithreaded applications, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, Jun 30, 2009

Looking for the Perfect SolidWorks Mobile Workstation? Check This Out - Dell, HP, Lenovo offer entry level, mid-range laptops for SolidWorks users, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Jun 4, 2009

How Many CPU Cores Do You Need? - 3D rendering software like Autodesk 3ds Max takes full advantage of quad core processors, Don Woligroski, Tom's Hardware, Apr 29, 2009

Clusters Deliver Low Cost Supercomputing - characteristic of good computing cluster - standard hardware, fast dedicated intersystem communication, global shared memory, unified storage, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, Mar 29, 2009

The 3D Cube - touch-sensitive cube shows 6 views of model, Martyn Day, Develop3D, Mar 10, 2009

Heavy Duty Computing - overview Kenworth Truck company using digital simulation, Exa's PowerFLOW software on IBM servers, Jon Fortt, CNN Money, Feb 19, 2009

How to Setup Performance Monitor - process to track amount of memory used by SolidWorks, other applications, Scott Baugh, FISHER/UNITECH, Mar 5, 2009

Storage for High Performance Computing - hard disks with higher speeds up to 10,000 rpm available, solid-state drive data storage device, getting optimal disk performance, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, Mar 2, 2009

Blue Ridge Looks to Cluster Technology to Boost CFD Performance - vendor to promote its own cluster solution for better output, Greg Corke, Develop3D, Feb 26, 2009

The Basics of RAM and 32/64-bit Environments - hardware requirements for CAD software, working with 32/64-bit applications, more, Justin Ziemba, Being Civil, Jan 26, 2009

AutoCAD On a Netbook - installing on new LG X110 netbook, problems and solutions, machine configurations, drivers required, working with 2D and simpler 3D, Gizmos Grabowski Blog, Jan 21, 2009

P4, Dual-Core, Quad-Core, Oh My - advice on CPU to choose for Autodesk applications, Justin Ziemba, Being Civil, Jan 14, 2009

FirePro V5700 vs Quadro FX 1700 With CATIA V5 - video compares performance of graphics hardware using CATIA high polygon models, Al Dean, Desktop Engineering, Nov 11, 2008

Choosing the Right Graphics Tool for the Job - no single solution for CAD, 3D gaming graphics cards, Alex Herrera, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2008

GigabitE & InfiniBand Vie for Cluster Interconnect - selecting high-performance computing depending on characteristics of cluster applications, Michael Schulman and Josh Simons, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2008

Hardware What? - hardware acceleration settings to speed up display of graphics, performance, stability for CAD applications, Harlan Brumm, The Revit Clinic, Oct 6, 2008

New Power for Designers - affordability of high performance computing opens door for faster modeling, everyday engineering and simulation, Alan Earls, Design News, Sep 4, 2008

Supercomputing When It's Needed - on-demand supercomputing services combined with desktop lets users handle complex CAE data, Ronnie Hoogerwerf of Interactive Supercomputing Inc., Machine Design, Aug 4, 2008

Hey CAD Applications are Single Threaded - Why do Engineers Need a Workstation with 2 Processors and 8 Cores? - using virtual workbench, engineers can 'mega-task' on multicore processors with better productivity and meeting business challenges, Wes Shimanek, UGS Community, Aug 8, 2008 requires free registration

2008 Hardware Roundup Overview - multi-core processors, powerful GPUs, graphics processor changes, global workstations, split screen workstations, more about trends and hot technologies, Inventor Connections, ConnectPress, June 16, 2008

The Highs and Lows of CAD Hardware - changes in CAD hardware over the last 25 years, Ron LaFon, Cadalyst, June, 2007

Windows Temp Directory Clean-Up - as large drive gets fragmented, AutoCAD search gets harder, Lloyd Beachy, Cadalyst, June 9, 2008

Killer 3D Performance With AMD Turion X2 Ultra? - super-powered, new generation, single source CPU platform, hybrid graphics support, enhanced HD, many OEM's on board, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, June 4, 2008

Workstation Performance: Tomorrow's Possibilities - CAD users have to find best ways to harness advance hardware technologies like parallel computing and GPUs, Simon Floyd, Cadalyst, May 1, 2008

Fight For Your Hardware Rights - CAD users need large display, high-end graphics adapter, 3D navigation devices, 3D scanners and printers for better performance, Mike Hudspeth, Cadalyst, May 1, 2008

A Change in the Display - a new display technology, Display Port has digital interface and can give resolutions of 2560x1600 while 10-bit support is for access to more colors, Rob Jamieson, MCAD Online, Mar 25, 2008

The Four Stages of Grid Adoption - applying grid computing in steps enables organizations work in clusters and share resources efficiently, Songnian Zhou of Platform Computing, Desktop Engineering, Jan 8, 2008

Build a Mac Pro Equivalent Workstation for 1/3 the Cost - high-end 8-core 2P workstation with 5-drive hot-swap SATA back plane and NVIDIA Quadro NVS290 video card performs better than fastest Mac Pro, George Ou, ZDNet, Jan 3, 2008

2007

Review of 2007 - Windows XP 64-bit got more popular while Windows Vista starts growing with improvement scope, Robert Jamieson of AMD, MCAD Online, Dec 14, 2007

GPU Market Shares - Intel has maximum overall market shares of 38%, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Oct 31, 2007

CAE Moves to the Fore - hardware like multi-core processors can run complex and advanced simulation tasks early in design processes, Beth Stackpole, Design News, Sep 3, 2007

Parallel or Bust - Taking Advantage of Your New PC - multicore processors demand more parallel programming languages for maximum advantage, John Pasquarette, Desktop Engineering, August 2007

The Right Scanner for the Right Application - considering intellectual property issues and calculating ROI before investing in large-format scanner system, Henrik Vestermark, Desktop Engineering, July 31, 2007

Making Good on the Promise of 64 Bits - 64-bit computing can help MCAD applications run successfully on multicore processors, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, July 2007

Keeping Your Data Safe - back up options can be: external hard drive, redundant array of independent drives, online storage, tape backup, Robert Jamieson, MCAD Online, June 18, 2007

Nvidia on Quadro - Jeff Brown of Nvidia talks about Vista and OpenGL issues plus Quadro Plex system, Greg Corke, MCAD Online, April 19, 2007

The Refresh - tips to rebuild a system after a hard disk failure or damaged operating system, Robert Jamieson, MCAD Online, April 19, 2007

The Flextop Evolution - Can Your CAD Workstation Really be Portable? - flextop can run CAE applications offsite as well as demonstrates the design cycle, Laura Cooper of NextComputing, Inventor Connections, March 19, 2007 (may require free registration)

The Benchmark - selecting benchmark plus benchmarking graphics, hard disks, and software, Robert Jamieson, MCAD Online, March 15, 2007

When Do We Adopt New Technology? - strategically upgrading and implementing new software and hardware can save much pain, Robert Jamieson, MCAD Online, February 13, 2007

Putting the Pieces Together: The 2007 Hardware Roundup - demanding CAD applications make it tough to carry on laptop; cheaper multi-core processors are available to increase performance, John Myers, SolidWorks Community, January 23, 2007 (requires free registration)

2006

Hardware Review of 2006 - dual core processors, HD DVD and BlueRay, PCI-E graphics cards, more, Robert Jamieson, MCAD Online, December 12, 2006

Software Service for Your Hardware? - tips on cleaning up the memory, temp files, and updating drivers to increase the performance of a workstation, Robert Jamieson, MCAD Online, November 6, 2006

Workstations: A Retrospective - its been around 20 years since workstations and PCs entered into engineering and CAD world, Robert Jamieson, MCAD Online, October 10, 2006

Holiday Gift Guide: Make Your Workstation Smile - 3D printers, SpacePilot 3D navigation device, Actius AL3DU notebook computer, Terrain Table and V1 chair are available to ease into 3D modeling, Sara Ferris, Cadalyst, October 20, 2006

64 Bit and AutoCAD? - 64 bit hardware with a 64 bit Windows OS will increase the addressable memory for very large files, Shaan Hurley, Between the Lines, September 28, 2006

The Case for Grid Computing - grid computing enables excellent collaboration and efficient usage of a company's resources to increase return on assets, Michael Schulman of Sun Microsystems, Desktop Engineering, September 2006

How Much Speed Do You Need? - despite vendors' increase in scanning speed, users say speed is not an issue, Henrik Vestermark, Cadalyst, September 22, 2006

How to Justify a Large-Format Scanner, Part 2 - find out the break-even analysis and various production-related parameters to calculate ROI and make an appropriate buying decision, Henrik Vestermark, Cadalyst, August 23, 2006

How to Justify a Large-Format Scanner, Part 1 - considering the applications of wide-format scanners and justifying the investments involved, Henrik Vestermark, Cadalyst, August 22, 2006

Workstations: Keeping It Cool - Dell, HP and Intel try to lower down the heat flow and noise in their workstations while increasing performance, Robert Jamieson of ATI, MCAD Online, August 8, 2006

AMD to Buy ATI for $5.4bn - the merger might mean integration of a CPU and GPU into a unified processor for better performance of high-end 3D graphics, Greg Corke, MCA Online, August 8, 2006

Workstations: Horses for Courses - workstation recommendations for entry, mid-range and high-level CAD/CAM/CAE applications, Robert Jamieson of ATI, MCAD Online, May 8, 2006

Portable Drive Group Test - flash drives offer best portability and durability while hard drives offer highest transfer rates and capacities as portable data storage solutions, Greg Corke, MCAD Online, April 24, 2006

Graphics Hardware List - new list to check the support for 3D display features in AutoCAD 2007, Autodesk, April 2006

The Free Range - after a billion dollars spent in development, Sun Microsystems will make the design of the Ultrasparc T1 microprocessor public, Robert LaMarca, Mechanical Engineering, March 2006

What's Slowing You Down? - anti-spyware software may not always work, Robert Jamieson, AEC Magazine, February 20, 2006

Getting Personal - as a substitute of a cluster workstation, Orion Multisystems presents a personal supercomputer that takes less space and runs on standard power supply, Greg Corke, MCAD Online, January 17, 2006

Workstation Usage in the CAD Sector - use of workstations declines as PCs are increasingly used for CAD, ICT Spaghetti, Autumn 2005 

Technology: HD Ready? - high definition displays can improve 3D quality and performance of CAD applications, Robert Jamieson, MCAD Online, January 16, 2006

The Bleeding Edge - workstation manufacturers are working hard to deliver competitive and high-performance workstations, Kathleen Maher of Jon Peddie Research, Computer Graphics World, January 2006

2005

Laptops: Future Proofed? - myths about laptops and their future as workstations, Stuart Wilkes, AEC Magazine, October 18, 2005

Workstation Technology in 2005 - introduction of PCI Express bus, 64-bit CPUs, dual core processors, and graphics cards are the major changes in workstation technology this year, Robert Jamieson, AEC Magazine, December 1, 2005

Selecting a CAD/CAM System - steps on how to choose a computer for CAD, CAM and CAE, MCADonline, June 14, 2005

Q&A : Hardware Tormentors Stress Reliability -  Pavan Davuluri, Reliability and Component lead at Microsoft hardware talks about the use of computer aided simulations for testing product prototypes, Microsoft Press Pass, March 22, 2005

PC Workstations - Monitors - CRT offers excellent color saturation than LCDs which are designed to run at a certain resolution beyond which they go fuzzy, Robert Jamieson, Cadserver, April 8, 2005

An LCD on Every Desk - popularity of LCDs soars, a primer on selecting a LCD screen, Mark Clarkson, Desktop Engineering, April 1, 2005

Stereoscopic Reality (2) - stereoscopic 3D is very much alive and kicking for both CAD and the movies, Peter Sheerin, CAD Journal, April 4, 2005

Direct Dimensions Breaks Digital Imaging Ground - Maryland company specializing in the on-site application of portable coordinate measurement machines (PCMMs), digitizers, and laser scanners, Lynda Rutledge, CATIA Community, April 4, 2005 (may require free registration)

Stereoscopic Reality - despite the benefits of stereoscopic visualization in the CAD market, companies are increasingly veering towards the entertainment market, Peter Sheerin, Cad Journal, March 23, 2005

PC Workstations - Optical Drives - making the best use CDs and DVDs for CAD use, Robert Jamieson, Cadserver, March 9, 2005

COE Session Preview: Intel's Tom Gibbs on the Convergence of Computing and Communications Technologies - preview of the upcoming COE session on the convergence of computing and communications and its impact on product design and manufacturing, CATIA Community, February 22, 2005 (requires free registration)

Direct Dimensions Breaks New Digital Imaging Ground - explores the current state of laser scanning and reverse engineering and the role of 3D imaging service providers, Lynda Rutledge, Inventor Connections, February 14, 2005 (requires free registration)

Dell to Offer Intel Dual-Core Technology - Dell's announcement could mean major opportunities to the engineering software market, especially those computationally intensive applications such as advanced simulation and analysis, Jeffrey Rowe, MCAD Weekly, February 14, 2005

Apple's 'Xstation' - Market, Uses, Technology and Details - in the CAD and 3D multimedia fields, the Mac OS X platform has been booming in specific sectors, namely architecture and 3D modeling and rendering, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, February 11, 2005

One Cool Machine - SGI devised a way to use air cooling to keep their new supercomputer from overheating, Paul E. Teague, Design News, February 7, 2005

A Take on the Workstation Market Today - an overview of the workstation market, the current models, what they are used for and some thoughts about their future, Anton Klotz, OSNews.com, January 20, 2005

The Power of Two - to help deal with the huge amounts of processing power that CAD/CAM and other high-end applications require, manufacturers are turning to dual core technology to boost performance levels, Srikanth R P, Express Computer, January 14, 2005

PC Workstations: Memory Pt 2 - some of the practical considerations of buying and using RAM in a workstation, Robert Jamieson, CADserver, January 11, 2005

2004

PC Workstations - Graphics Pt.2 - latest installment of his series of articles which look at the components of a PC workstation, Robert Jamieson, CADserver, November 1, 2004

PC Workstation CPUs - first in a series of articles on workstation components, Robert Jamieson, CADserver, November 1, 2004

PC Workstations - Motherboards - second in a series of articles on workstation components, Robert Jamieson, Cadserver, November 1, 2004

PC Workstations - Graphics Pt.1 - latest installment of his series of articles which look at the components of a PC workstation, Robert Jamieson, CADserver, November 1, 2004

Linux Cluster Goes Orbital - engineers at Orbital Sciences turned to a Linux-based cluster computing system to deal with the high-powered demands of computational fluid dynamics applications, Tina Gasperson, NewsForge, September 9, 2004

Waiting For More Smart Software - Tablet PCs might reach their true potential if there were more CAD-related software, such as Alias' SketchBook Pro and Autodesk's AutoSketch, developed for the hardware, Business Week Online, September 27, 2004

Digitize and Scan - Designs Get New Life - an overview of the technology of digitizers and scanners for CAD and advice on making a purchase, Susan Parran, Desktop Engineering, August, 2004

New Innovations in Graphics Cards: An Interview with Jeff Little of 3Dlabs - a discussion of the latest developments in graphics cards, Alexandra Pratt, Inventor Connections, August 3, 2004 (requires free registration)

Graphics Card Selection Importance Reminder - when selecting a new computer for CAD, choosing the right graphics card is very important, Shaan Hurley, Between the Lines, August 20, 2004

Getting the Most for Your Money: What Hardware Specs You Should Consider - recommendations for specs for CAD workstations, Phil Harrison, Inventor Connections, July 2, 2004 (requires free registration)

Sponge Mouse May Revolutionize Point-Click - an Iowa State University engineer has invented a mouse made of a flexible material similar to the composition of stress-relief squeeze balls to help avoid repetitive-stress injuries, Mike Martin, NewsFactor Innovation, June 25, 2004

Intel's 3D Divorce Rate - developers of Web-based 3D rendering technology, known as X3D, are gearing up for a standards war with Intel, Paul Festa, CNET News.com, June 21 2004

64-Bit Battle Rages: Who Will Win the Duel? - Intel’s new Xeon technology extends the processor’s capabilities, challenging AMD Opteron’s 64-bit chip, Mark Devlin, Desktop Engineering, June 2004

Michael Raphael: Digitizing for Posterity - a Maryland engineer has been using lasers to create digital records of historic landmarks and objects, such as the Lincoln Memorial and propellers from the Wright Brothers' airplane, Barnaby Wickham, Progressive Engineer

How to Choose a Graphics Card for CAD - advice on choosing the right graphics card for your 2D and 3D CAD needs, John McIver, Multi-CAD, June 2004

Let the Computer Do It! - second-generation computer tools, such as outliners, mindmappers, fast finders and blogs, can be useful for the engineer, Joel Orr, Machine Design, May 20, 2004

New Mouse, Less Pain - CAD users and others who are heavily computer-dependent may be happy to hear that a new kind of mouse promises to end the threat of carpal tunnel problems, e4engineering, May 4, 2004

Desktop Workstation Handles Largest Pro/E Model - engineers in South Africa use 64-bit workstations running Intel Itanium 2 processors to model, spin and simulate operations of a 500,000-part fully automated parking garage, Paul Dvorak, Machine Design, March 18, 2004

Find Your Way to the Right Digitizer - tips from vendors and service bureaus on how to choose the best 3D digitizing hardware for your needs, Pamela J. Waterman, DE Online, March 2004

Mobile Computing Comes Handy For Design Community - using mobile devices, surveyors, architects and designers working in the field can dispense with cumbersome paper maps and drawings to access and adjust the design document at the location, Indranil Chakraborty, Financial Express, March 3, 2004

Inkjet Goes 3D - researchers have developed a printer that makes three-dimensional forms without the use of a laser, offering a cheaper alternative for many in the rapid prototyping and manufacturing industry, TRN, January 28, 2004

Industrial Machinery CAD Checklist - offers advice to help engineers and managers make informed, rational decisions when buying CAD systems for designing industrial equipment, CADCAMNet, January 9, 2004

More 'Power' for the Parking Project - engineers designing a large parking garage beefed up their computing power to a 64-bit workstation to deal with a huge CAD model with 500,000 components, Design News, January 6, 2004 (may require free registration)

2003

3-D Printer Makes Models Using Inkjet Technology - device, unique in western Canada, pricey, time-consuming, Michael McCullough, Vancouver Sun, December 4, 2003

No More Waiting! - advice on selecting the best defragmentation tools for a desktop engineering environment, Robert Nolan, Desktop Engineering, October 2003

64-bit Processor Is Ready, Are We? - although 64-bit processors offer the promise of faster computing, it requires software specifically written for the architecture to take advantage of the potential, O.P. Gupta and Kiran, The Tribune India, November 3, 2003

Region's Scan-Do Scenario - the UK's Kestrel 3D claims to possess the only scanners worldwide that can register color and position/dimension at the same time, resulting in an extremely high-quality digital models, ic Birmingham, October 28, 2003

Swimming With Tadpoles - Mark Johnson is betting that his company's new Sun-based laptops - which can process huge 4-gigabyte data files with their 64-bit, 500-megahertz microprocessors - will succeed despite a crowded market, Victoria Murphy, Forbes.com, July 21, 2003

Multiple Monitor Computing Demonstrates Tangible Benefits for Corporate Workforce - a new study by NEC-Mitsubishi finds that users with multi-screen configurations work faster and get more work done with fewer errors editing documents, spreadsheets and graphic files in comparison with single-screen users, NEC-Mitsubishi, October 6, 2003

Taking to the Tablets - the tablet PC played an important part in VX Racing's success this season in the British Touring Car Championship, Charles Clarke, e4engineering, October 13, 2003

Analysts See Little Need for 64-bit Windows XP - industry analysts believe that Microsoft's beta release of a native 64-bit version of Windows XP will mean little to the average IT manager unless end users are running complex engineering or scientific applications, Sharon Gaudin, Earthweb, September 24, 2003

Faster [And] Faster Go the Workstations - a look at the latest trends affecting CAD/CAM productivity: mobile computing, high-end 32-bit computing and Intel 64-bit Itanium architecture, Larry Gould, Automotive Design and Production, July 2003

Ethereal Images Spotted at the Science Center - Ethereal Technologies'  VIS4D Workstation can take images - including CAD drawings - and project them in three dimensions, CNET, February 6, 2003

Building a High-End Workstation - how to build a high-end workstation and how it differs from a gaming system, Alan Dang, FiringSquad.com, February 3, 2003

Turning Tablet PCs into Wireless UNIX Workstations - StarNet Communications'  X-Win32 software enables Tablet PC to access individual X applications or bring up a full UNIX or Linux desktop from one or more networked servers, Michael Singer, siliconvalley.internet.com, January 30, 2003

December 2002

The Big Picture - an overview of large-format scanning, with tips on what kind of equipment to buy and how to produce great scans, Lisa A. Desautels, e-doc, November/December 2002

How to Select a Tablet PC - offers advice on what to look for when considering a Tablet PC and provides links to reviews of 5 Tablet PCs, Geoff Walker, Pen Computing Magazine, December 2002

Laser Scanner Speeds Surface Modeling at DaimlerChrysler - using a laser scanner to provide a highly dense, highly accurate point cloud to construct the digital surfaces of car bodies, interiors and clay prototypes is speeding up the design process at DaimlerChrysler, CADdigest.com, December 13, 2002

Can the Tablet Rewrite PC History? - discusses consumers' responses to Microsoft's new technology, Financial Times Limited, December 2, 2002 (may require free registration)

November 2002

Fall Comdex 2002: It Is Over, But Is It Over? - a wrap up of this year's gathering and a summary of the best new technology unveiled, including the Gyration Ultra Mouse Professional, David Stellmack, Tom's Hardware Guide, November 23, 2002

Fall Comdex 2002 - Day 3: Monitoring Display Development - offers a look at new monitors and flat panel displays, including the widescreen 16x9 aspect ratio panels from Samsung and NEC/Mitsubishi, David Stellmack, Tom's Hardware Guide, November 21, 2002 

Fall Comdex 2002 - Day 2: Racing Into New Products - an in-depth look at NVIDIA's new GeForceFX card and reports on other new technologies unveiled at the annual gathering, David Stellmack and Lars Weinand, Tom's Hardware Guide, November 20, 2002 

Fall Comdex 2002 - Day 1 - the big news at the opening of the annual conference was NVIDIA launching its next-generation card the GeforceFX, David Stellmack, Tom's Hardware Guide, November 19, 2002

Pen-Based Programs Debut With Tablet PC - software developers are announcing applications designed specifically for the Tablet PC, which makes its debut this week, Matt Berger, PCWorld.com, November 7, 2002

Microsoft Unveils More than a Product at Tablet PC Launch - Microsoft's new Tablet PC features Microsoft Ink, a technology that allows users to incorporate handwritten notes as a data type in the operating system, Ephraim Schwartz, InfoWorld, November 7, 2002

Notebooks Screens to Grow - wider LCD screens with higher resolution are upcoming from such companies as Samsung, Hitachi and Sharp, Kuriko Miyake, PC Advisor, November 2002

September 2002

Mapping Miss Liberty - to help preservationists better maintain the Statue of Liberty, a team from Texas Tech scanned the monument with the Cyra 2500 3D laser scanner and generated 3D models with Geomagic Raindrop software, Geospatial Solutions, September 2002

August 2002

Talking Heads - The Future of Input Devices - experts from 3D Connexions and SGI/Alias|Wavefront discuss what's coming next in the realm of input devices, CADserver, August 2002

July 2002

New Graphics Cards Coming to Mac Users  - Architosh, July 26, 2002

June 2002

Is This Man the New Bill Gates? - Michael Robertson's new company Lindows gets a big boost this week with the announcement that Wal-Mart stores in the US are now stocking PCs running his Lindows operating system, starting at the outrageously low price of $299, Dave Wilson, e4, June 26, 2002

March 2002

Market Intelligence on Large Format Copiers/Scanners - the results of a survey of 19,000 CAD-user sites to determine the usage of large format devices, CAD Spaghetti, March 2002

The Workstation You Deserve - also covers the coolest hardware including fingerprint scanners, videoconferencing and the Space Mouse, Peter Sheerin, CADENCE, Feb 2002

A Scan in Time - 3D scanning systems allow quick capture of 3D geometry, even something as complex as the human body, C3, March 2002

February 2002

Dimension Technologies' 3D Monitor - stereoscopic viewing on a flat panel display but you'll pay $$6,999 for the 18" version, Joe Greco, CGW, Jan 2002

January 2002

Winning the Game of Microprocessor Design: Intel vs. AMD - evolution of the bit in microprocessing has come a long way, Mark Devlin, Desktop Engineering, Jan 2002

SolidWorks 2001 Benchmark Update - a summary of a review of computers from Dell (Precision M40, Precision 340) and IBM (2GHz Pentium 4), Solid Solutions, Jan/Feb 2002

Who Makes Your Workstation? - Dell and Compaq lead all manufacturers in CAD/CAM market penetration, Jan 2002

Feel the Texture of Virtual Clay - a look at SensAble's FreeForm modeling system, Design News, Jan 7, 2002 (more input devices reviews)

Matrox G-550 Graphics Card - Review - will support dual monitors, John McIver, CADinfo.NET, Jan 2002

December 2001

Gizmos, Gadgets and Goodies for Every Good Geek - cutting edge gifts for your home and office, Randall S. Newton, MSM Online, Dec 2001

HP calculator's Days Numbered? - Karen Auguston Field, Design News, December 17, 2001

November 2001

The Lost Art of 2D Graphics - today's 3D benchmarks for graphics cards seem to forget that many of us don't use our PCs for games, Vince Freeman, HardwareCentral, Nov 29, 2001

Wide-Format Multifunction B/W Plotter-Scanner Combos - print, copy, and scan using monochrome systems from KIP, OcÚ, and Xerox, Peter Sheerin, CADENCE, Nov 2001

October 2001

Freeform Expression - Bringing Sketching Into the Digital Age - a die-hard freehand draftsman tries out Nemetschek AG's digital input pad - and becomes converted, CADserver, Oct 31, 2001

Build Your Own Supercomputer - tie a cluster of ordinary PCs with some Ethernet cable, install a Linux OS and make a system that is one of the 500 fastest computers in the world, Matthew Broersma, ZDNet News, Oct 4, 2001

September 2001

Stop the Megahertz Race - does a human exist who can feel the difference between a 1.8 GHz machine and a 2 GHz machine? And yet there are hundreds of dollars riding on the difference. Guest editorial by Kathleen Maher, Jon Peddie Associates, Sep 7, 2001

August 2001

SGI Octane2 - the Real Visual Workstation - UNIX-based workstations still shine in many areas, Greg Corke, CADserver, Aug 2001. 

The Computer Industry Is In a Tailspin -- and It's Your Fault - editorial by Kathleen Maher, JPA, Aug 27, 2001

The TriStar PowerStation AX - a fast workstation from a company that has long dedicated itself to CAD/CAM/CAE users, James Hansen, Desktop Engineering, Aug 2001 ATI Launches Counterstrike in Graphics Chip Battle - offers high-end competitor to Nvidia, Jay Lyman, TechExtreme, Aug 21, 2001

Point of Work CAD Tools - handheld computing can connect field work with office work, Jerry Laiserin, CADENCE, August 2001

June 2001

Backup Made Easy - one scheme to back up data files, Geoff Harrod, CADinfo.NET, June 2001

3D Force Feedback CAD Hardware - Peter Sheerin explores the cutting edge in 3D modeling input devices, CADENCE, June 2001

SolidWorks 2001 Benchmark - MaxVision AMD-based workstation beats Compaq, IBM, HP, others in SolidWorks benchmark, SOLID Solutions, June 2001

Part to Art - enhanced visualization capabilities allow CAD models to be used in marketing efforts, Jenny Donelan, CGW, June 2001 Seeing is Believing - as displays technology is displacing old CRTs, there's still a tradeoff between price, performance, mobility and capability, Lawrence Grayson, e4, June 2001

CATbench 2001: CATIA Solutions Magazine's 2001 CATIA Version 5 Workstation Benchmark - Compaq, Dell, HP get top scores in workstation performance, May/June 2001, CATIA Solutions

May 2001

Hand Crafted - SensAble's free from design tool adds sense of touch so designers can feel what they are making, c3mag.com, May, 2001

Wildfire - Dell's Workstation Masterpiece - blistering 3D performance, Greg Corke, CADserver, May 2001 

April 2001

Best Lightscape Performers - results of workstation/graphics test, CGW April 2001

Updating New Workstations on SolidWorks 2000 - Gregory E. Jankowski, Solid Solutions, March/April 2001

January 2001

Scanning Optics Give Linear Encoder Submicron Accuracy - MachineDesign.com, January 11, 2001

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