Pictures from the Los Angeles launch of HP's Nehalem-based machines
The Z series workstations are all based on Intel Xeon Nehalem processors. The current line-up includes the low-end Z400 for capabilities such as video editing, the mid-range Z600 aimed at firms with mid-range CAD requirements such as the financial sector, and the high-end Z800 for firms in the oil and gas or medical industries.
Jim Zafarana, vice president of the Workstation Global Business Unit at HP, said the new models offer huge performance and energy efficiency improvements over previous workstations.
Terry Pilsner, vice president of HP Workstation Research and Development, opened up one of the workstations to demonstrate how parts such as the graphics cards, fan unit and power supply can be removed without having to disconnect lots of cables.
The power supply can be removed and plugged into an AC outlet to tell if it is working properly. If the green light at the back does not come on, a replacement can be sent out and fitted into the workstation. The power supply unit has also been redesigned for better cool air distribution.
The new workstations were designed by BMW Designworks to have a sleek look and clean lines. BMW Designworks has been involved with many HP developments in the past, including designing a range of Scanjet scanners and Photosmart cameras for the firm.
During a tour of the BMW Designworks facility, other products were also on show, including the AVX400 wind turbine designed for AeroVironment in September 2005.
BMW Designworks also developed this Ecopod E1 compact recycler for cans and plastic bottles.
During a visit to DreamWorks studios, the animation specialist detailed its use of HP technology to power films such as Kung Fu Panda and its first fully 3D film, Monsters vs. Aliens.