Thanks to a host of new
technologies, NVIDIA has
released new additions to its family of Quadro graphics processing units (GPUs) which deliver
performance boosts of up to five times faster for 3-D applications and up to
eight times faster for computational simulation.
The new Quadro Plex 7000 array and
Quadro 6000, Quadro 5000 and Quadro 4000 GPUs are based on NVIDIA's new Fermi
architecture, and leverage the NVIDA Scalable Geometry Engines and NVIDIA Application Acceleration Engines (AXE)
to enable the faster performance across a broad range
of CAD, DCC and visualization applications. Rated at 1.3 billion triangles per
second in raw performance, the Quadro 6000 enables users to interactively work
with models and scenes that are five times more complex than prior Quadro GPUs,
according to NVIDIA officials.
To accommodate applications that
demand the highest accuracy, including finite element analysis (FEA) and
computational fluid dynamics (CFD), the new Quadro GPUs feature Error
Correction Codes (ECC) memory, and fast, IEEE double precision floating point
performance. In addition to leveraging the NVIDA technology portfolio, the new
Quadro GPUs are built on industry standards, including OpenGL 4.1, DirectX 11,
DirectCompute and OpenCL.
Pricing on the new line ranges
from $1,199 to $14,500 for the Quadro Plex 7000, which will be available this
fall. Mobile workstations based on the Quadro 5000M will be available in the
third quarter of 2010 from Hewlett-Packard
In a related announcement, NVIDIA
also announced the 3D
, a new 3-D stereoscopic solution
for engineers and others working with complex 3-D designs to view their work in
greater detail. The 3D Vision Pro line supports LCD panels, active shutter
glasses and radio frequency communications to provide a rich 3-D viewing
experience for large-scale visualization environments like video walls and
collaborative virtual environments (CAVEs).