The Nvidia Quadro 2000 ($599) and Quadro 600 ($199) are built with the company's new Fermi architecture.
Chipmaker Nvidia announced the expansion of its line of Quadro
professional graphics solutions based on the company's Fermi
architecture, including the mid-range Quadro 2000 with 192 Compute
Unified Device Architecture (CUDA) processing cores and the entry-level
Quadro 600 with 96 CUDA processor cores. The company said the Quadro
2000 delivers 1.5 times the geometry performance of the previous Quadro
graphics processing unit (GPU) mid-range solution1 and utilizes
Nvidia's Scalable Geometry Engine (SGE) technology to deliver higher
performance across CAD and DCC applications such as SolidWorks and
Autodesk 3ds Max.
The new entry-level Quadro 600 is a flexible half height solution that
features enhanced performance for applications such as Autodesk AutoCAD
2011. Both the Quadro 2000 and Quadro 600 feature 1GB of graphics
memory and are compatible with the company's 3D Vision Pro active
shutter-glasses solution, providing visualization and analysis in an
immersive, stereoscopic 3D display.
"We believe the technology that Nvidia has built into their new Quadro
professional graphics, namely the new Fermi architecture, will provide
an exceptional solution for SolidWorks users worldwide," said Nick
Iwaskow, manager of alliances for Dassault Syst???mes SolidWorks. "With
our expected certification of the Quadro 2000, SolidWorks anticipates
the newest Quadro solutions will empower designers and engineers with
the finely detailed geometry, real-time simulation and analysis, and
high visual fidelity they demand."
The Quadro 2000 and Quadro 600 are built on industry standards,
including OpenGL 4.1, DirectX 11, Shader Model 5.0, DirectCompute and
OpenCL. They also leverage the CUDA parallel computing architecture
that enables increases in computing performance. Featuring 30-bit color
fidelity (10-bits per color), these Quadro solutions enable the display
of billions of color variations for vivid image quality with a broad
dynamic range. Both the Quadro 2000 and Quadro 600 are PCI Express 2.0
compliant, the company noted.
"At last month's GPU Technology Conference, the world learned all about
the power of our Fermi architecture and how Quadro GPUs are being used
to solve some of the world's most complex problems," said Jeff Brown,
general manager for Nvidia's professional solutions group. "With these
new Quadro solutions, we're making this computational horsepower
available for all users of professional CAD and content creation
The newest line of Quadro GPUs leverages the CUDA parallel processing
architecture and Nvidia Application Acceleration Engines to enable fast
performance across a range of applications. Additionally, these
solutions feature the company's Mosaic Technology, designed to enable
an application to utilize one or more Quadro professional graphics
solutions to scale across up to eight high-resolution displays. Whether
the application is CATIA, 3ds Max or PowerPoint or Google Earth, users
can hit the Maximize button and the application will span across all
"As the world's leading workstation brand, Dell Precision workstations
are designed from the ground up specifically for professional users who
demand the ultimate in performance of their systems, graphics and ISV
application integration," said Greg Weir, senior manager, Dell
Precision Workstations Product and ISV Marketing. "Nvidia Quadro GPUs,
combined with our Dell Precision workstations, deliver on those
expectations with exceptional value, superior performance, and broad
application support for all segments of the market."
The Quadro 2000 ($599) and Quadro 600 ($199) are available from global
workstation manufacturers including Dell, HP and Lenovo, as well as
authorized distribution partners including PNY Technologies in
North America and Europe, ELSA in Japan and Leadtek in Asia
Pacific, according to a company release.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.