NextComputing has released a new
portable workstation that delivers enough performance to run demanding CAD
applications for engineers not satisfied with the options currently offered in
The Radius LE, configured for engineers
and designers running compute-intensive 3-D CAD applications, offers
workstation-class performance in a compact, all-in-one chassis suitable for
everyday office use, yet with the ability to be easily transported when
engineers need to work remotely.
The Radius LE workstation takes up no
more desktop real-estate than a notebook computer, yet offers professional-class
features, including a Quad-Core Intel Core i7 2.80 GHz processor, ATI FirePro
graphics capabilities with up to 2 Gbyte GDDR5 memory, an integrated 17 inch
high resolution display (1920x1200) and 8 Gbyte of DDR3 high-speed memory. There
is also 1TB of total internal storage and extensive I/O, including USB 3.0 and
2.0, eSATA, Gigabit Ethernet and integrated audio.
NexComputing opted for AMD's ATI
FirePro workstation graphics cards for a couple of reasons. The cards offer a
number of advantages for CAD users, including certifications from major
software vendors such as Autodesk, Dassault
Systémes and Siemens PLM software, ensuring the
drivers are tuned to get the most performanc e possible from the graphics
engine. In addition, ATI EyeFinity technology offers expansive multi-display
desktop configurations, with the ability to power three high-resolution
displays from a single graphics card. The Radius LE supports EyeFinity with up
to two of NextComputing's, lightweight clip-on displays that can be mounted to
the front and back of the unit for easy transport.
The Radius LE solution with ATI FirePro
graphics is available now from NextComputing. Systems start at $3,450.
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