HP brings Thunderbolt to their Laptop and Workstation product lines

HP brings Thunderbolt to their Laptop and Workstation product lines

HP today has taken PC innovation to a new level, announcing support for Intel’s Thunderbolt technologies across both their laptop and workstation product lines with 10Gpbs Thunderbolt available on the Newest  Z Book 15” and 17” models and then taking that commitment to the next level on the latest Z420, Z620 and the top of the line Z820 workstations by adding support for the latest Thunderbolt 2 standard with an amazing 20Gbps of throughput and Intel’s Ivy Bridge line of processors bringing 16% faster processing to enable the creative workflows.

HP's Jim Zafarana with new Zbook 14"

HP’s Jim Zafarana shown here with the new Zbook 14″

Turning the PC market on end, HP’s addition of Thunderbolt across product lines is expected to jumpstart the market for Thunderbolt peripherals and accessories. PC users are longer relegated to building their own computers or using Apple’s Boot Camp technology just to be able to handle lighting fast data transfers or use of the evolutionary PCIe expansion technology that Thunderbolt has enabled, it sends a clear message to the computing world that Thunderbolt is the next generation of connectivity and it allow users an unheard of level data transfer for mobile computing to speed onset data handling, accelerated rendering, connectivity and expansion.

Unlike USB3.0’s fast but limited connection schema, Intel’s Thunderbolt protocols allow for buss expansion, multiple drives and display port monitoring all on a single connection, enabling power users with the highest bandwidth connectivity possible. Thunderbolt accelerates creative and data intensive projects with the ability to move data at over 800MBps over a single cable while enabling expansion for speciality products such as the Io-Fusion line of ultra high-speed flash storage externally from your workstation, on location, or on your desktop.

By embracing the 2.0 version of Thunderbolt for their desktop workstations HP enables an astonishing 20Gbps in this protocol, one that can handle external data streams to devices and peripherals at an astonishing 1.6GBps, over one small cable.

PC users are no longer chained to large network storage arrays to enable the highest end workflows used in media and entertainment or computational modeling.  Now Mobile workstation users have access to data transfer rates that just a few years ago would have required high end workstation configurations attached to massively large and expensive storage arrays, thereby limiting the use and scope of the previous connection technologies.

The enhanced HP Z420,Z620 and Z820 workstations will be available starting in October with pricing for base models at $1,399, $1,689 and $2,439 respectively.


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Contributor Gary Adcock specializes in creating and streamlining workflows for Episodic and Feature Production and Post-Production. Gary's extensive knowledge in Camera Technology, Image Acquisition and OnSet Data workflows is regarded by many as one of the most knowledgeable resources in the industry. With emphasis on understanding camera and production technologies and how they relate to post production and delivery. Gary assisted in writing the Data Handling Procedures and Best Practices documentation for IATSE Local 600 (Cinematographers Guild) as part of an ongoing education initiative project. Gary also regularly contributes to Macworld Magazine, as well as now being a regular contributor on Zacuto.com, he is also a moderator and blogger at CreativeCow.net Gary’s client list includes: Adobe, Aja Video, Apple, Arri, Autodesk, Sony, Panasonic, and JVC. Media outlets like CNN, MSNBC, Discovery Networks, MTV, WGBH (Antiques Roadshow), FOX, National Geographic Inc. and the Nat Geo Networks worldwide. Commercial clients include such prestigious brands as McDonalds, Taco Bell, HBO, MLB, NASA, Citibank, NBA Entertainment and NFL Films. Recent Production Work has included Transformers Dark Side of the Moon 2011 (3nd unit), Just Like a Women (2012) (data and dailies colorist), NBC's Playboy Club (camera tech), ABC's Detroit 187 (remote recording technologies). Gary can be followed on Twitter @garyadcock or on his new Wordpress blog about Technology and the Chicago food scene at http://garyadcock.com

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