It’s not every day we get to cite an official US Department of Justice news release, so it’s with a certain glee that we can announce the US taxpayer was last week enriched by another $220 million courtesy of the not-so-fine folks who swindled him out of that money in the first place. Joining the ignominious ranks of LG, Sharp, Hitachi and Chungwa Picture Tube, Taiwanese manufacturer Chi Mei is refunding the US state for the pecuniary impact of its collusive practices, which were primarily related to keeping prices artificially high and profits proportionately inflated. US companies directly affected by these ignoble activities include HP, Dell and Apple, but don’t you worry, AT&T has already started the inter-corporation scuffle, with Nokia piling on for good measure. Man, it almost seems like crime doesn’t pay
So, you are curious to check out that which Dell considers to be the most powerful mobile workstation in the world? So am I, especially since it has come up with quite the press release regarding the potential of its new Dell Precision M6500. A device that has been created to “liberate” professionals, designers, animators, engineers and so on from the confines of their desktop environment! After all, who doesn’t want to get their home with them anywhere?
“The Dell Precision M6500 establishes a new class of mobile workstation for the most demanding computing environments,” said Greg Weir, senior manager, Dell Precision workstations. “This system is truly a desktop replacement without compromise. In addition, we’re leveraging our robust ‘eco system’ of partners to deliver the performance users require running applications in key vertical markets such as 3D animation, Computer Aided Design (CAD), engineering, and scientific exploration, defense visualization and other computationally intensive applications.”
The M6500 allows for up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, has an optional Intel Core i7-920XM Quad Core Extreme Edition processor, optional RGB LED edge-to-edge 17-inch screen with 100 percent user selectable color gamut support, three internal storage drives, optional 2mp camera, multi-touch touchpad and, of course, the new NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M graphics solution. Pricing starts at 2,749 USD.
“By integrating the new NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M graphics solution into the Precision M6500, Dell has created a high performance mobile workstation that’s ideal for the most demanding 3D design, oil and gas exploration, and scientific visualization professional,” said Shawn Worsell, product manager, NVIDIA Professional Solutions Group. “Featuring the massively parallel CUDA computing architecture, plus a 1GB dedicated frame buffer to ease the manipulation of expanding seismic datasets, this is an impressive, next-generation notebook solution from Dell for our mutual customers that demand mobility without sacrificing visualization horsepower.”
After the IFA show in Berlin a few weeks ago, it’s clear that 3D is getting a big push by some powerful players in consumer electronics. Unfortunately, you won’t find many editors around here chompin’ at the bit to replace their new Full HD flat screens for a 3D-capable one… and we’ve seen the demos! Now a Commercial Times report has HP and Dell signed on with Wistron to produce 3D laptops — Lenovo and Sony are still negotiating. Of course, we’ve already seen desktop systems powered by NVIDIA’s GeForce 3D Vision solution. And rumors have swirled in the past regarding a possible HP laptop using 18.4-inch 3D panels developed by Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) and a Wistron-developed 3D laptop solution based around NVIDIA’s Vision technology. Thing is, if 3D isn’t that compelling on screens 40-inches and above, how’s it going to woo consumers at this size?
Already seen in Japan, the 24-inch UltraSharp U2410 professional monitor is up for retail on Dell’s US store. The IPS-panel features a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution, 6-ms response, 178-degree viewing angles, 1000:1 typical contrast, and 12-bit internal processing (1.07 billion colors), and 96% AdobeRGB and 100% of sRGB color space coverage. Connectivity options are vast with jacks for DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI, component, composite, and VGA. That’s a lot of rig for $599. Hit the link below if you just have to have it since you won’t find it promoted on the Dell US monitor pages just yet.