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 and Dell.
In a related announcement, NVIDIA also announced the 3D Vision Pro, 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).