Lenovo partnered with the AT&T Williams Formula One team to launch the new ThinkStation brand, saying it is a powerful new entry in the workstation PC marketplace. The launch extends the company’s 15-year-old Think product lineup.
As the first new Think brand introduced in more than five years, the ThinkStation S10 and D10 workstations offer increased performance and reliability for professionals in demanding data and graphics intensive environments, such as computer aided design/engineering, digital content creation, oil and gas exploration and electronic design automation.
The workstations are based on the upcoming Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor 5400 series and Intel Core 2 Extreme processors, the first processors based on new 45-nanometer manufacturing process that nearly doubles the density of transistors on the chips for new levels of energy-efficient performance.
The ThinkStation dual processor D10 and single processor S10 workstations offer the fastest Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor 5400 series and Intel Core 2 Extreme processor QX9650, respectively, large hard drives and the latest graphics solutions from NVIDIA. They also come equipped with fast connectivity with dual Gigabit Ethernet and multiple slots, bays and USB ports for expandability.
“Lenovo designed the ThinkStation to be the highest performance, highest quality workstation, delivering an unparalled experience for professional users who work in graphically and computationally intensive environments where a standard desktop PC isn’t enough,” said Peter Schrady, vice president and general manager, Emerging Products Group, Lenovo. “Not only do the Lenovo workstations provide excellent performance and industry-leading acoustics, our environmentally responsible, user-centric design helps to increase productivity even more.”
The company is collaborating with leading independent software vendors to obtain the certifications that ensure seamless hardware and software interaction. Lenovo will offer a variety of storage, graphics adapters, memory and rail kits for the workstations.
Beyond the high-performance focus, Lenovo designed the workstations with the environment in mind by offering models complying with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star 4.0 requirements to help users manage energy usage and costs. The workstations feature 80 percent efficient power supplies. Additionally, they contain more than 50 percent recycled plastics content.
The user-centric design includes a removable top handle for moving the workstation easily in a variety of work environments as well as a side cover latch for easy access to the system. The workstation also includes illuminated front I/O ports to help users work more easily in multiple system and low light conditions. For a cool and quiet experience, Lenovo designed a unique dual channel thermal system that pulls outside air over the processors providing the workstations with the acoustics equivalent to Lenovo’s standard desktop PC.
To help increase user productivity and reduce system downtime, the workstations come equipped with a range of ThinkVantage Technologies including Rescue and Recovery, Client Security System and Image Ultra Builder.
The ThinkStation workstations will be available in January through Business Partners and on-line. The ThinkStation S10 will start at approximately NZ$ 1315,00 and the ThinkStation D10 desktop will start at approximately NZ$ 2105,00.