It’s going to be hard to walk the floor at NAB this year without being invited to demo some sort of virtual reality experience. More and more companies are diving in and offering technology that optimizes the creation and viewing of VR content. Dell is one of the latest to jump in.
Dell has been working closely on this topic with their hardware and software partners, and are formalizing their commitment to the future of VR by offering solutions that are optimized for VR consumption and creation alongside the mainstream professional ISV apps used by industry pros.
Dell has introduced new, recommended minimum system hardware configurations to support an optimal VR experience for pro users with HTC Vive or Oculus Rift VR solutions. The VR-ready solutions feature a set of three criteria, whether users are consuming or creating VR content; minimum CPU, memory and graphics requirements to support VR viewing experiences; graphics drivers that are qualified to work with these solutions; and pass performance tests conducted by the company using test criteria based on HMD (head-mounted display) suppliers, ISVs or third-party benchmarks.
Dell has also made upgrades to their Dell Precision Tower, including increased performance, graphics and memory for VR content creation. The refreshed Dell Precision Tower 5810, 7810 and 7910 workstations and rack 7910 have been upgraded with new Intel Broadwell EP processors that have more cores and performance for multi-threaded applications that support professional modeling, analysis and calculations.
Additional upgrades include the latest pro graphics technology from AMD and Nvidia, Dell Precision Ultra-Speed PCle drives with up to 4x faster performance than traditional SATA SSD storage, and up to 1TB of DDR4 Memory running at 2400MHz speed.
Dell has a new lineup of Dell Precision mobile workstations designed for content creators. You will immediately notice the new look of the mobile workstations, which are completely redesigned. They are built using carbon fiber materials, which, according to Dell’s Molly Connolly, allow the systems to be “stronger and more resilient to thermal issues.” They are thinner and lighter with new display technology, new processors and faster memory and storage.
Configuration options for the Precision line include 6th generation Intel Core processors, Intel Xeon processors for mobile workstations, and future Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 product families; the latest professional graphics from AMD and Nvidia; and screen options including PremierColor 4k Ultra HD displays with 100 percent minimum Adobe RGB color gamut.
Full HD and UHD options on the InfinityEdge display offer an essentially bezel-free border around its 15.6-inch viewing area. A new battery design and thermal technology add to performance. The new mobile workstations will support the latest USB technology, plus Thunderbolt 3 and new M.2 PCIe NVMe storage options for maximum throughput when managing large files.
The line-up ranges from the entry-level 3510 to the 5510 and on to the higher performance systems, the 7510 and 7710.
Dell also has made significant updates to the fixed line of Dell Precision tower solutions, introduced ultra-thin bezels on its new Dell UltraSharp 25 and Dell UltraSharp 27 monitors with PremierColor and announced plans to enhance its portfolio of docks with the introduction of the Dell Dock and Dell Thunderbolt Dock. The tower offerings include the 3620/3420, the 5810 and the 7810.
Dell is working to certify these new systems with ISVs such as Adobe, AJA, Blackmagic, Autodesk and others by the end of this quarter.