Lenovo Puts Power and Performance at Center Court with New ThinkStation Brand; Official PC Partner of the NBA Expands Lineup to Enter Workstation Market
Lenovo today showcased its powerful new entry into the workstation PC market with the launch of the ThinkStation brand. Unveiled in cooperation with the NBA at the NBA Store, ThinkStation marks more than ten years since a major PC vendor has entered the workstation market(1).
As the first new Think brand introduced in five years, the ThinkStation S10 and D10 workstations are designed to offer Lenovo’s highest performance and reliability for professionals in the most 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 Core2 Extreme processors, the first processors based on new 45-nanometer technology that nearly doubles the density of transistors on the chips for new levels of energy-efficient performance.
Two organizations highly dependent upon using the latest technologies, the AT&T Williams Formula One team and the NBA, are evaluating the workstations for possible integration into their operations.
“Since October 2006, we’ve depended on Lenovo technology to run NBA operations on and off the court, including the real time collection and transmission of NBA statistics at arenas across the country,” said Steve Hellmuth, executive vice president, Operations and Technology, NBA. “Lenovo technology has worked flawlessly, exceeding our expectations in delivering the quality and performance our business demands. This workstation performs at a professional level and we look forward to exploring how ThinkStation can further enhance the game.”
Workstation Designed for Maximum Performance and Usability
The dual processor ThinkStation D10 workstation will offer the Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor 5400 series, while the single processor ThinkStation S10 workstation will offer the latest Intel Core 2 processors including the Intel Core2 Extreme processor QX9650 along with the latest graphics solutions from NVIDIA. They also come equipped with dual Gigabit Ethernet and multiple slots, bays and USB ports for expandability.
“For professional users of graphically and computationally-intensive applications who require a level of performance unattainable with a standard desktop PC, ThinkStation is Lenovo’s best engineering at work,” said Tom Tobul, executive director, Emerging Products Marketing, Lenovo. “In addition to offering Lenovo’s highest performance and quality with leading-edge acoustics, the workstations also have an environmentally-responsible, user-centric design that further drives productivity.”
Lenovo 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.
“Both Lenovo and Intel understand the challenges customers face, particularly the increased performance to handle evermore complex computational problems and visualization applications,” said Pat Gelsinger, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Enterprise Group, Intel. “Lenovo and Intel combined their engineering expertise, Intel’s groundbreaking processor technology and Lenovo’s understanding of the client experience. The results are systems with greater efficiency, speed, memory and throughput to meet customers’ needs.”
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 workstations also incorporate usability along with their cutting-edge performance. Lenovo’s 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 workstations also include illuminated front I/O ports to help users work in multiple system and low light conditions. For a cool and quiet experience, Lenovo’s unique thermal design provides workstation performance with the acoustics of a standard Lenovo 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. These unique productivity tools help reduce the total cost of system ownership.
Pricing and Availability(2)
The ThinkStation workstations will be available starting in January through Business Partners and http://www.lenovo.com. The ThinkStation S10 workstation will start at approximately $1,199, and the ThinkStation D10 workstation will start at approximately $1,739.
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building the world’s best engineered personal computers. Lenovo’s business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see http://www.lenovo.com.
(1)Major PC vendors defined as IBM, HP, Dell and Sun.
(2)Prices do not include tax or shipping and are subject to change without notice. Reseller prices may vary. Price does not include all advertised features. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice.