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Nvidia has launched Quadro graphics processing units (GPUs) based on Fermi architecture that are suitable for medical imaging, finite-element analysis and computational fluid dynamics.

The new Quadro GPUs are claimed to deliver performance that is up to five times faster for 3D applications and up to eight times faster for computational simulation when compared with other solutions.

The Nvidia Quadro Plex 7000 array and the Quadro 6000, Quadro 5000 and Quadro 4000 GPUs feature the new Nvidia scalable geometry engines and leverage the company’s application acceleration engines (Axes) to enable fast performance across a range of CAD, DCC and visualisation 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 before, according to the company.

Combining high-performance computing capabilities with advanced visualisation, the new Quadro GPU is a professional graphics solution with error correction code (ECC) memory and fast, IEEE double precision floating-point performance.

The GPU is intended for applications demanding high accuracy.

Olivier Maury, research and development engineer at Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), said: ‘In high-end visual effects development, fast iteration is essential.

‘By using Nvidia Quadro GPUs, we are seeing up to eight iterations each day of complex fire, dust and air simulations, representing speed improvements of 10-15 times.

‘Nvidia Cuda and Quadro GPUs have entirely changed the way we solve complex visual effects challenges,’ he added.

The new Quadro GPUs are built on industry standards, including OpenGL 4.1, DirectX 11, Directcompute and OpenCL.

In addition, Quadro leverages technologies such as Axes and the Nvidia Cuda parallel processing architecture.

The result is that software developers are able to create and deliver the next generation of professional applications that incorporate compute-intensive tasks.

Among these tasks are ray tracing, physics simulation, computational fluid dynamics and real-time video effects processing.

New Quadro professional solutions include: scalable visualisation systems (Quadro Plex 7000 with 12Gb of memory and 896 Cuda cores); board and desktop workstation solutions (Quadro 6000 with 6Gb of GDDR5 memory and 448 Cuda cores, Quadro 5000 with 2.5Gb of GDDR5 memory and 352 Cuda cores and Quadro 4000 with 2Gb of GDDR5 memory and 256 Cuda cores); and mobile workstations (Quadro 5000M mobile workstation GPU with 2Gb of GDDR5 memory and 320 Cuda cores).

All Quadro products are compatible with the new Nvidia 3D Vision Pro active shutter glasses solution for a high-quality stereoscopic 3D immersive experience.

Widespread adoption workstation OEMs and system integrators, including Dell, HP, Lenovo, Boxx Technologies and Nextcomputing, are among those offering the latest Quadro solutions.

Quadro products are also available from value-added resellers through master distributors PNY Technologies in North America and Europe, Leadtek in the Asia-Pacific region and Elsa in Japan.

The Quadro 4000 (priced at GBP779) and the Quadro 5000 (GBP1,709) are available immediately through all channels.

The Quadro 6000 (GBP3,579) and the Quadro Plex 7000 (pricing to be confirmed) will be available this autumn.

Mobile workstations based on the Quadro 5000M will be available in the third quarter of 2010 from HP and Dell.

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