Jeff Wood – vice president, WW Product Management, Workstation and Thin Client Business HP and Josh Peterson- director, WW Product Management, Workstation and Thin Client Business , HP met with the press in a virtual press briefing prior to the announcement of the new HP Z240 Tower and Z240 SFF Workstations with next generation Intel processors and HP Z Turbo Drive options, raising the bar for entry-level workstations, while providing the reliability of a workstation at the price point of a desktop PC.
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It seems that HP has invested in its hardware division big time with several unveilings this week, including notebook PCs, the HP Photosmart 5520 e-All-in-One printer, Ultrabook and Sleekbook offerings as well as for businesses, the HP t410 All-in-One (AiO) Smart Zero Client.
HP Pavilion notebook PCs include enhanced features and reflect the company’s new HP Mosaic design approach.
I just returned from SolidWorks World 2012 in San Diego after interviewing thirty exhibitors, talking to attendees, and seeing and feeling the upbeat energy of an industry that’s on an optimistically positive trajectory.
Show attendance was up year over year and all the exhibitors interviewed exuded confidence in the manufacturing sector’s growing strength. One case in point was a conversation I had with Chris Wilkes, VP at Simetrix who said that sales of their CETOL tolerance analysis software is way up and has been trending strongly in a positive direction. Chris pointed out that tolerance analysis software purchases are a leading indicator since major manufacturing companies make these purchases a year to eighteen months ahead of implementation.
This sentiment of upbeat movement was echoed by virtually every MCAD/CAM vender we interviewed, and I walked away buoyed by their enthusiasm.
The conference was a showcase for innovation that drew enthusiastic attendees who physically vied for a close-up view of newly released software and hardware to experience the wow factor of these game changing technological advances.
To illustrate the ‘wow’ I took these shots of the HP booth during a lull in show floor traffic as a crowd vied for an close up look at HP’s new Z1 workstation that integrates the power of multi-core and more with a 27″ high-res display.
HP’s Z1 All in One Workstation Wows the Crowd During a Lull in Floor Traffic
If you attended this conference you’ve experienced first-hand the positive mood and energy. If you couldn’t make it to San Diego you can virtually be there by watching the many MCADCafe interview videos soon to be posted on this site.
I left with a renewed sense of optimism in our nation’s economic recovery lead by the manufacturing sector. I just pray that nothing “mucks this up” as the President recently warned. I’ve got my fingers crossed, and am holding my breadth.
We recently had an opportunity to interview Tom Salomone, MCAD & AEC Worldwide Segment Manager at HP at the Autodesk University, 2011 in Las Vegas. This is a transcript of the interview.
Sanjay: How has the show been going for you?
Tom: The show has been going awesome for us. We’ve got a lot of traffic going through out our booth. We’re showing out our workstations. So we have five desktop workstations and three mobile workstations that we are showing.
So we even have a small form factor work station that is sixty five percent smaller than our other work stations. This is for those in the auto-CAD space that are looking for something inexpensive and who are moving into the line. We have our higher end workstations for those people who are looking at 3dS Max. We have an ideal work station for Revit that we have here today as well. So we really have the full spectrum of work stations for auto-CAD.
With our mobile workstations, we have a fourteen inch, a fifteen inch, and a seventeen inch. So if you want light, you can get the fourteen inch. If you want power you can get the seventeen inch. If you want to compromise, you can get the fifteen inch. We have our tool-less chassis, not just with our desktops, but, also with our mobiles. So you can actually take apart the bottom of our mobile workstations and access the components the same as you can with our desktop workstations.
So, we really have a lot of cool products that we are showing. We also have some brand new technologies that we are showing at this year’s Autodesk. For the first time ever we are showing our new touch panels, our new touch monitor with Autodesk. So people can see that and see how they can really use the new technology. You can do ten fingers touch on the wall; you can do one hundred and fifty, one hundred and eighty finger touch. It’s very, very powerful.
The other thing that we are showing that is new since September is that we have our workstation cluster technology. You can actually cluster work stations together to maximize your power for things like analysis, things like rendering. So you can get a whole lot more power applied to those problems locally, just by leveraging unused cores that are available on your workstation.
So we have a lot of really cool things. We have our new printers. We are talking about E-print and share. It’s a free software where people can sign up for it, where you can print anywhere on the web. So you can be here in Los Vegas, and you can print back home if you wanted to. It’s really cool.