Nvidia (http://www.nvidia.com) has launched what it says is the era of the “computational visualization workstation” for designers, engineers, researchers and animators by introducing its Quadro graphics processing units (GPUs) based on Nvidia Fermi architecture, and by also introducing the new Nvidia 3D Vision Pro solution.

The new Quadro GPUs deliver performance that is up to five times faster for 3D applications and up to eight times faster for computational simulation1, shattering previous benchmarks, company says. The Nvidia Quadro Plex 7000 array, and Quadro 6000, Quadro 5000 and Quadro 4000 GPUs feature the new Nvidia Scalable Geometry Engines and leverage Nvidia Application Acceleration Engines (AXE). Rated at an 1.3 billion triangles per second in raw performance3, the Quadro 6000 enables users to interactively work with models and scenes that are five times more complex than ever before, says Jeff Brown, general manager, Professional Solutions Group, Nvidia. 

Tthe new Quadro GPU is the world’s first professional graphics solution with Error Correction Codes (ECC) memory and fast, IEEE double precision floating point performance, he adds. These are intended for applications demanding the highest accuracy, such as medical imaging, finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics.

The new Quadro GPUs are built on industry standards, including OpenGL 4.1, DirectX 11, DirectCompute and OpenCL. In addition, Quadro leverages technologies that are unique to Nvidia – such as the company’s portfolio of Application Acceleration Engines (AXE) and Nvidia CUDA parallel processing architecture. The new Quadro professional solutions introduced today include:
Scalable Visualization Systems:

Quadro Plex 7000, with 12 GB (total) of memory and 896 CUDA cores

Board and Desktop Workstation Solutions:

Quadro 6000, with 6 GB of GDDR5 memory and 448 CUDA cores;

Quadro 5000, with 2.5 GB of GDDR5 memory and 352 CUDA cores;

Quadro 4000, with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory and 256 CUDA cores


Additionally, all Quadro products are compatible with the new Nvidia 3D Vision Pro active shutter-glasses solution, also announced today, for the highest-quality stereoscopic 3D immersive experience.