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May 18 2017

Powerful Trio: New FUJITSU CELSIUS Workstations Drive 3D CAD, BIM and VR

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About two months ago, at CeBIT 2017 in Hanover, we introduced our new and expanded portfolio of VR-ready workstations. Today, we're happy to tell you the lineup has been completed with yet another set of new CELSIUS models offering significant advancements in terms of security and size-to-power ratio.

Does anyone still remember their first full encounter with the power of computer graphics? For many of us, it occurred during the 1990s, when a CGI-happy movie industry began to churn out special-effects-laden films like Jurassic Park or Toy Story in droves every year. A little later, we learned about special graphics and CAD programs, which typically ran on special hardware from outside the x86 world. However, the more you think about them, the more these achievements start to look like way stations on a journey that began in the late 1940s, when American inventor John Whitney, Sr. shot his first series of experimental films that involved analog computers, and currently explores the depths of 3D animation and VR-based architecture, engineering and construction work. Fujitsu for its part keeps a strict focus on professional application scenarios – and while that means we won't be nominated for an Oscar anytime soon, we will help our customers create experiences that are just as engaging and immersive as anything that Hollywood or the video game industry has to offer. The key concept is to integrate and use today's professional graphics capabilities – which deliver stunning results at the movies or in VR – to substantially enhance the power of productive applications.

Fujitsu's VR-ready Workstation Portfolio
Our family of VR-ready CELSIUS workstations is now complete:

  • The single-processor CELSIUS M740 and the dual-processor CELSIUS R940 were introduced at last year's Fujitsu Forum.
  • A second pair, the CELSIUS H970 17-inch mobile workstation and the CELSIUS W570power+, microtower desktop debuted at CeBIT in March.

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Fig. 1: Fujitsu's new trio of VR-ready workstations

Three Models, Five Flavors
This time around, we are adding a trio that consists of a 15-inch mobile powerhouse, a powerful small form factor (SFF) design, and an innovative, space-saving microtower desktop workstation:

  • The new, mobile Fujitsu Workstation CELSIUS H770 will replace the CELSIUS H760 and become generally available on June 19. The core idea was to build a mobile system that delivers true workstation performance in order to further minimize the performance gap that still exists between desktop workstations and their notebook counterparts. And we believe we succeeded: Equipped with Intel® Core™ i7-7000 or Intel® Xeon® E3-1500 v6 processors, up to 64 GB of DDR4 ECC main memory running at 2,400 Hz, and up to 1 TB of storage space condensed in an M.2, PCIe SSD, this device will easily outpace many larger stationary systems. Along with Intel's HD630 integrated graphics, the CELSIUS H770 also supports NVIDIA's Quadro® M620, M1200 and M2200 mobile graphics cards with up to 1,024 CUDA cores. Customers may also choose between two types of 15.6-inch, anti-glare LED displays, one with Full HD (1920 x 1080) and one with 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution. The powerful components will easily accommodate core 3D design, CAD and PLM applications from ISVs like Autodesk, Dassault Systèmes, PTC, Siemens PLM and others, turning the CELSIUS H770 into a viable alternative for mobile professionals and freelancers. These users will also be happy to find that their demands for security and connectivity are fully met: Along with the integrated SmartCard reader, TPM 2.0 and Advanced Theft Protection, the system may optionally be fitted with either a fingerprint reader or Fujitsu's own cutting-edge PalmSecure™ technology based on vein pattern recognition – currently the safest authentication solution in the market. In terms of connectivity, the CELSIUS H770 offers all options a business user can wish for, including USB Type-C, full-size DisplayPort and VGA interfaces; if hooked up to our port replicator, it will also communicate with up to seven Fujitsu LIFEBOOK and STYLISTIC models, making it ideal for shared desk environments.
  • The Fujitsu Workstation CELSIUS J550/2 was designed for users who need full workstation performance, but are subject to strict space restraints in their everyday working environments. Customers can choose from two dozen configuration options based on fifth- or sixth-generation Intel® Xeon® E3-1200 processors (or alternatively, sixth- or seventh-generation Intel® Core™ models), DDR4 main memory, and professional GPUs from NVIDIA or AMD. The choice of storage options is equally broad, ranging from conventional 2.5 and 3.5 inch, SATA III HDDs spinning at 7,200 RPM to modern M.2 PCIe SSDs; thus users can either opt for a low-latency, performance-oriented or a capacity-oriented setup. The most potent configuration packs the power of a Xeon E3-1280 v6, 64 GB of RAM and NVIDIA's full-height Quadro® P2000 graphics card into a 10-liter design as an industry first. Moreover, the CELSIUS J550/2 explicitly supports multi-monitor scenarios with up to 11 screens, three of which are driven by Intel on-board graphics while the other eight are powered by two NVIDIA® Quadro® P600 GPUs – a combination that's particularly useful for control rooms, trading floors or on-premises surveillance. Screen resolutions vary between HD and Full HD or HD and 4K, depending on whether you use the DVI or DisplayPort interface.
  • Completing the trio is the Fujitsu CELSIUS W570 desktop workstation, which was specifically designed and optimized for 3D CAD and BIM (Building Information Modeling) for the AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) industry and VR and sets a new standard in terms of performance in a space saving design. Nearly 30% smaller than its predecessor, it delivers the same impressive performance from a 21-liter microtower. The standard CELSIUS W570 model is designed to draw extremely low power (280W), while the W570power supports higher graphics cards and thus up to 400W. For CAD or BIM users requesting even more expandability and flexibility, the W570power+ delivers on both counts: Further innovations include cold-plug access, which allows storage devices to be easily added, replaced or upgraded at the front of the device. With its powerful choice of hardware, this system is ready to deliver a fully immersive VR experience at 90 frames per second – just what architects; designers and engineers need to turn flat, 2D sketches into realistic, 3D walk-in models or tangible objects. And last but not least, it can be enhanced with up to three NVMe PCIe M.2 modules for super-fast read and write capabilities (see table below).

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Table 1: Fujitsu's new VR-ready workstations – feature sets

Availability and Pricing
The Fujitsu CELSIUS J550/2 and W570 are shipping, and the CELSIUS H770 and W570power+ are available to order immediately in the EMEIA region. Pricing varies according to model, configuration and country, starting at €779 for the CELSIUS J550/2 and W570, €819 for the CELSIUS W570power+, and €1399 for the CELSIUS H770 mobile workstation.

Natalie Walther

 

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Natalie Walther

Global Workstation Product Marketing Manager, Fujitsu

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