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NEW YORK — Last week, HP (http://www.hp.com) held a press and analyst event in New York City, where they introduced new products in its mobile, desktop and monitor lines.

They also brought in customers from around the world to talk about how HP fits into their workflows, including Henric Larsson, CEO/Founder of Sweden’s Chimney VFX house, which also has offices in Berlin, Copenhagen, Kiev, Oslo and Warsaw, and New York-based director/VFX supervisor Mark Russell, who is currently working on Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street.

When HP’s Jim Zafarana, VP/GM, Commercial Solutions, PC Global Business Unit, took the stage to kick off the event, he referenced HP’s 30 years in the business and said, the company is still focusing on performance, innovation and reliability.  That while there have been ebbs and flows over the years, HP has transitioned and redefined itself through ebbs and flows.“But we are not changing direction,” he emphasized. “We are all about recommitting to the high performance user; we are not retreating from high end.” He added that the workstation market is growing once more.

MOBILE WORKSTATIONS

With that he introduced the company’s new mobile workstations, which were completely redesigned from the ground up, including the thin and light ZBook 14, 15 and 17, all featuring the latest 4th generation IntelCorei5 or i7processors.

According to Zafarina, these laptops are 33 percent lighter than typical existing mobile workstations. The ZBook 14 is the lightest of the mobile line and well suited for pro users needing long battery life. It also features the latest AMD FirePro graphics feature ISV certifications and Eyefinity technology that lets you run multiple display configurations with a single graphics card.

The ZBook 15 features Thunderbolt I/O, Nvidia Quadro 3D graphics, and optional Quad Core CPUs. Users can customize the ZBook 15 with up to 1.8TB of storageand up to 32GB of memory.It also offers USB 3.0, and sports an HP DreamColor display

The ZBook 17 also offers Thunderbolt,Nvidia Quadro 3D graphics, and optional Quad Core CPUs. Users can customize the system with up to 2.75TB of storageand up to 32GB of memory.It also features USB 3. The 15 and 17 are available now and the 14 will be shipping end of October.

DESKTOP WORKSTATIONS GET IVY BRIDGE

The HP Z420, Z620 and Z820 Workstations have been updated to include the latest Jim Zafarina with the ZBooksIntel Xeon E5-1600v2 and E5-2600v2 families of processors—also called Ivy Bridge—as well as new memory running 16 percent faster and 2nd generation Thunderbolt ports for creative work flows.

The addition of Thunderbolt will accelerate creative projects with data transfer speeds four times faster than the bandwidth of USB 3.0, easily connecting multiple devices with one compact Thunderbolt port.

The HP Z820 offers up to 24 processing cores, up to 512GB of ECC memory, (5) up to 15 TB of high-speed storage, (6) and up to two Nvidia K6000 graphics.

The HP Z620 provides up to 24 discrete processing cores, up to 192GB of ECC memory, up to 12 TB of high-speed storage, and up to Nvidia K6000 or dual Nvida K5000 graphics for high-speed graphics performance.

The HP Z420, includes up to eight processing cores using the latest Intel Xeon processor E5-1600 v2 and E5-2600 v2 product families, providing up to 64GB of ECC memory, up to 12 TB of high-speed storage, and Nvidia Quadro K6000 or AMD W7000, or dual Nvidia K2000 graphics.

All workstations offer a tool-free mini-tower form factor.The enhanced HP Z420, Z620 and Z820 workstations are planned to be available worldwide in October starting $1,399, $1,689 and $2,439, respectively.

DISPLAYS

There is a new family of Z displays, five in all, and they all feature IPS 2 generation panels and a lower power envelop.  All offer IPS Gen 2 panels; they are easily adjustable and offer ultra thin design to take up less space. There is the HP Z 22i, 23i, 24i, 27i and 30i.


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