Category Archives: Hardware

Omid Rahmat Joins Jon Peddie Research as EVP

TIBURON, CA, Aug 2, 2022  – Jon Peddie Research (JPR) announced the appointment of industry veteran Omid Rahmat as executive vice president. Rahmat is a senior executive with broad experience in starting and managing hardware and software companies in computer graphics, digital media, and mobile. He has worked with major semiconductor companies, traditional software vendors, SaaS developers, and world-leading media conglomerates.

Omid Rahmat, (Photo: Business Wire)

“I am pleased to welcome Omid back to JPR after a couple of decades of hiatus. His knowledge of cloud-based mobile application development, gaming, and metaverse technologies are timely topics in our research efforts,” said Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research. “In addition, his expertise in the emerging confluence of on-chain and off-chain technologies in hybrid Web3 applications will bring new insights to JPR.”

Rahmat began his career in computer graphics at Spea Video 7, an early leader in graphics boards and went on to his first stint at JPR thereafter. He has worked in digital media as CEO of Tom’s Hardware and co-founder of Breaking Muscle. He has held leadership positions at SaaS vendor Citrix Oline and music app Tully and has been a consultant at Intel, Microsoft, Salesforce, Samsung, Google, and many more.

At JPR, Rahmat will be focused on the confluence of technologies that are helping to shape the metaverse, including gaming, applications, tools, client and server solutions, and the integration with emerging Web3 infrastructures.

About Jon Peddie Research

Dr. Jon Peddie has been active in the graphics and multimedia fields for more than 30 years. Jon Peddie Research is a technically oriented multimedia and graphics research and consulting firm. Based in Tiburon, California, JPR provides consulting, research, and other specialized services to technology companies in various fields, including graphics development, multimedia for professional applications and consumer electronics, high-end computing, and Internet-access product development. JPR’s Market Watch is a quarterly report focused on the market activity of PC graphics controllers for notebook and desktop computing.

AMD Appoints Nick Lazaridis as Sr VP Sales

SANTA CLARA, CA, July 27, 2022 – AMD announced the appointment of Nick Lazaridis to senior vice president, AMD Sales, responsible for managing sales across EMEA, India, and APJ. Lazaridis will report to AMD executive vice president and chief sales officer (CSO) Darren Grasby.

Lazaridis most recently served as president, EMEA for HP Inc. He is returning to AMD after previously leading Asia Pacific regional sales from 2009 to 2012. Lazaridis has over 30 years of high-tech business experience leading organizations across mature and emerging markets globally.

“Nick’s industry experience and wealth of knowledge of strategic global engagements will be instrumental in supporting the significant growth opportunities we see over the coming years,” said Darren Grasby.

About AMD

For more than 50 years AMD has driven innovation in high-performance computing, graphics, and visualization technologies. AMD employees are focused on building leadership high-performance and adaptive products that push the boundaries of what is possible. Billions of people, leading Fortune 500 businesses, and cutting-edge scientific research institutions around the world rely on AMD technology daily to improve how they live, work, and play.

For more information about AMD, visit website.

MTower Workstations Supports Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5000 Series

SAN CLEMENTE, CA, July 20, 2022 – @Xi Computer, one of the oldest and most advanced manufacturer of high-performance CAD workstations announced, available for immediate ordering, the latest version of their award winning MTower workstations equipped with the 5000 series of AMD Threadripper processors.

The Xi MTower 64TR now supports the Threadripper processors up to the 5995WX with 64 cores, 128 threads and 4.5GHz Turbo Boost clock, delivering the highest single socket processing power on the market to date.

“This new 5000 Series of Threadripper processors allows our MTower workstations to deliver the absolute highest computational performance at an extremely aggressive price point.” said Robert Bragaglia, marketing director at Xi Computer.

The Xi MTower 64TR is expandable to 2TB of 3200MHz Reg. ECC RAM and support NVIDIA RTX “A”, GeForce and Tesla GPUs, to deliver the ultimate personal HPC power workstation.

About @Xi Computer Corp. 

Celebrating their 35th year in business, @Xi Computer is a market leader in custom USA Built, Desktop & Laptop Workstations, Supercomputer Clusters and Servers based on AMD CPUs and Nvidia GPUs, combining performance and reliability with cutting edge technology innovations. @Xi clients include the most prestigious research centers, Universities, architectural, engineering, manufacturing, defense and Government concerns. @Xi Computer is headquartered in Orange County, CA and exports its products worldwide.

For further information, visit www.xicomputer.com.

Epson Announces SureColor T7770D Technical Printer

LOS ALAMITOS, CA, June 28, 2022 – Epson announced availability for the new SureColor T7770D 44-inch dual roll printer. Featuring an innovative, compact design, the technical printer is the first available model in the new line of production-class SureColor T-Series wide-format printing solutions designed to meet the complex and demanding needs of technical and production printing environments. Engineered to deliver breakthrough performance, the SureColor T7770D features industry-leading 2.64-inch PrecisionCore printhead technology to deliver outstanding image quality and accurate details, even at its fastest in class print speeds.1 Plus, it prints posters and POP displays at speeds over 300 sqft/hr, technical drawings at production-class speeds over 1400 sqft/hr, and A1/D-size prints as fast as 16 seconds.2 Up to 25 percent smaller than competitors,3 the SureColor T7770D features a compact, innovative design with complete front operation so it can be pushed against a wall, leaving more room for a walkway and other equipment – ideal for space-constrained production environments. Leveraging UltraChrome XD3 6-color inks including, a new Red ink, ideal for producing red branding colors, it creates water, smudge, and fade resistant output with crip lines and vibrant colors for graphics, signage, blueprints, documents, and more.

“As businesses continue to grow, there is an increasing demand for functional solutions that not only maximize productivity and efficiency, but also fit seamlessly into any workspace. This is especially important for offices and facilities with limited floor space,” said Jacob Hardin, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “With the new SureColor T7770D, businesses can create outstanding quality graphics more quickly and efficiently than ever before – all in a small footprint. Committed to meeting the needs of customers, Epson designed the new line of production-class SureColor T-Series printers to help drive a new wave of innovation in production.”

The SureColor T7770D offers seamless, dual-roll productivity, accommodating two media types or sizes, or the second roll can be used as a take-up reel for roll-to-roll production. An innovative Adobe Embedded Print engine with four on-board Intel Atom CPUs quickly processes complicated PDF data and accurately reproduces transparent design layers at speeds up to three times faster than previous generations.

More about the SureColor T7770D

  • Print on a wide range of media for various applications – Print on a variety of media, including glossy, technical, bond, matte and specialty medias, and rigid poster board up to 1.5 mm thick
  • Easy setup and operation – Fast, easy setup with minimal assembly required, plus 4.3-inch touch screen control panel, automated routine maintenance and user self-service for convenient operation
  • Versatile connectivity – High-Speed USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet or Wi-Fi connectivity (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) options to fit virtually any production workflow
  • Enhanced IT and security features – Over 28 IT security features for office or remote office locations, including IC card option for user control and tracking, SSD Encryption and IEEE 802.1x
  • Maximize productivity with included Epson Software Suite and Epson Cloud Solution PORT – Remotely manage and monitor your printer fleet from convenience of your laptop or smart device

Pricing and Availability

The SureColor T7770D 44-inch dual roll model (MSRP $6,945) is now available through Epson Authorized Professional Imaging Resellers. Additional 44-, 36- and 24-inch printers and optional production stackers will be available in late 2022 and early 2023. For additional information, visit https://epson.com/TSeriesProduction. 

About Epson

Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to co-creating sustainability and enriching communities by leveraging its efficient, compact, and precision technologies and digital technologies to connect people, things, and information. The company is focused on solving societal issues through innovations in home and office printing, commercial and industrial printing, manufacturing, visual and lifestyle. Epson’s goal is to become carbon negative and eliminate use of exhaustible underground resources such as oil and metal by 2050.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corp., the worldwide Epson Group generates annual sales of around JPY 1 trillion.

Epson America, Inc., based in Los Alamitos, CA, is Epson’s regional headquarters for the US, Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit epson.com.

1 Compared to similarly featured CAD/Technical printers, A1/D sized prints, in fastest printing mode, priced at $10,000 MSRP (USD) or less based on manufacturers’ published specifications and industry available as of May 2021. Actual print times will vary. Print speeds are based on the print engine speed only. Total throughput time for any print depends on various factors including workstation configuration, file size, print resolution, ink coverage and networking. Actual print times with vary. Print speeds are based on the print engine speed only. Total throughput time for any print depends on various factors including workstation configuration, file size, print resolution, ink coverage and networking.

2 Actual print times will vary. Print speeds are based on the print engine speed only. Total throughput time for any print depends on various factors including workstation configuration, file size, print resolution, ink coverage and networking.

3 Compared to similarly featured CAD/Technical printers priced at $10,000 MSRP (USD) or less based on manufacturers’ published specifications and industry available as of May 2021.

Artec 3D Launches Artec Studio 17

SANTA CLARA, CA, June 10, 2022 – Artec 3D, a world-renowned developer and manufacturer of professional 3D scanners and software, today announces the release of Artec Studio 17 (AS17), the newest iteration of its award-winning 3D scanning software. AS17 represents a significant leap forward for the product, boasting a host of innovative new features and updates that promise enhanced functionality for quality inspection, reverse engineering and full-color CGI workflows as well as improvements in speed and ease of use across the board. The new offering was designed with the user at its core, with upgrades strongly driven by customer feedback, and all subscribers now getting automatic full access to the latest version, while a 30-day trial is available free of cost.

Enhanced targets support for metrology (image source Artec 3D website)

“Our customers spoke, and we listened. User insights played a central role in the development of Artec Studio 17, and we’re confident this product will excite everyone who works with high-accuracy 3D data,” said Artyom Yukhin, president and CEO of Artec 3D. “We’re proud of our industry-leading software solutions but also very grateful to our strong customer base. That’s why we invest a lot of resources into evolving, improving, and delivering ever better products for them. We believe AS17 will raise the bar again, and we can’t wait to see how our users respond and what they create.”

Advanced Quality Inspection: Metrological accuracy with new scan-to-CAD tools and manual control over targets

Users can enjoy unprecedented accuracy and streamlined quality inspection processes with the latest stack of scan-to-CAD features and tools right in Artec Studio. Datum alignment enables metrology professionals to align meshes and CAD models using key geometric features in just a few clicks, ensuring there are no slight variances from misalignment. And for scanning workflows using reference objects for data registration, users now have enhanced manual control in Artec Studio. Users can individually select objects such as spheres or checkerboard targets, take measurements between any of these objects, or exclude any from registration if required. Additionally, users can now import multiple reference target clouds into the workspace and choose which ones to use for tracking.

Reverse Engineering Revolution: One-click auto scan-to-CAD conversions and Boolean operations

Artec Studio 17’s new features allow engineers to scan an object and completely reverse engineer it all in one software, streamlining design and manufacturing workflows. The innovative Auto Surface tool enables one-click conversion of complex organic shapes into solid CAD models, while with the addition of Boolean operations, users can modify models with CAD entities and meshes using the Union, Subtract, and Intersect tools to create products such as customized molds and packaging.

Independent CAD shapes (image source Artec 3D website)

A number of further updates on the previous version deliver increased efficiencies:

  • Independent CAD Shapes – easy creation, resizing, and repositioning of primitive solid shapes in any part of your mesh
  • Constraints 2.0 – save, edit, and refit conditions and relations specified for each primitive anytime and base new constraints on the ones you imposed in previous sessions
  • Mesh Splitting – quickly and precisely break your mesh into manageable chunks using a pre-fitted plane, for further 3D printing
  • Improved Segment Brush – easily change the size of the selected region dynamically with the Segmentation sensitivity slider

Picture to Geometry Perfection: Smooth the photo-texturing workflow with photo viewing mode and algorithm-driven segmentation

Artec Studio’s brand-new photo viewing mode for applying high-resolution photos to high-accuracy scans will refine the process for creating texture-perfect, professional 3D models for CGI. Users can now easily preview photos and see how they fit to the geometry of the model and remove any images with defects, overexposure, and poor lighting. And now with the introduction of the new photo-texturing algorithm, images are automatically sorted and separated into groups: by size, camera type, or focal distance, allowing for simple individual registration.

Next Gen UI and UX: Faster, smarter, more efficient scanning and processing

A broad range of user-driven UI and UX improvements promise transformed 3D workflows, including:

  • Faster Data – algorithm update delivers 1.5x faster HD data for the Leo scanner, so users can focus on the tasks that matter
  • Faster Reconstruction – new GPU optimizer automatically fine-tunes the user’s HD Mode settings to accelerate reconstruction of HD data from the Leo or Eva
  • Fusion Update – processing workflow is now 10% faster and 30% less memory-intensive

About Artec

Artec 3D is an international company, headquartered in Luxembourg, with offices in the United States (Santa Clara, CA), China (Shanghai), and Montenegro (Bar). Artec 3D develops and produces innovative 3D solutions and products. Artec has a team of professional experts in the collection and processing of 3D surfaces, as well as biometric facial recognition. Artec 3D’s products and services can be used in many industries, such as engineering, inspection, medicine, media and design, entertainment, fashion, historic preservation, security technology, and many more.

For more information, visit www.artec3d.com.

OnLogic Wins Vision Systems Design Innovators Award

SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT, June 8, 2022 – Global industrial computer hardware manufacturer and solution provider, OnLogic, has been recognized among the best in machine vision by the judges of the Vision Systems Design 2022 Innovators Awards program. The company’s Karbon 800 Series of rugged computers earned a Silver Innovators Award, which was presented to the OnLogic team on the show floor of Automate 2022 in Detroit, MI on Monday.

“The Vision Systems Design team would like to congratulate OnLogic for their score in the 2022 Innovators Awards program,” says Chris McLoone, editor in chief of Vision Systems Design. “Each year this unbiased and increasingly competitive program aims to celebrate the most innovative products and systems in machine vision. The OnLogic team should be very proud.”

The OnLogic Karbon 800 Series is designed for Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT applications that require powerful computing in harsh environments or remote locations. The computers are powered by Intel’s latest 12th Generation of Core processors, formerly known as Alder Lake.

“We’re thrilled that the Karbon 800 has been recognized for the potential it holds to help innovators create incredible machine vision solutions,” says Kim Wasserman, director of product management at OnLogic. “We’ve focussed on features and expansion options to support the wide range of solutions our customers are building using our rugged computers. This includes PCIe Gen 4.0 expansion for the latest GPUs, and new I/O options like 10GbE and M12 LAN. We’re also working on additional configurations that will launch soon, including a high-capacity RAID array option. Today’s vision-based projects are all unique, so configurability and customization were key requirements in the development of the Karbon 800 Series.”

Karbon 800 Models

Each model in the Karbon 800 Series can be configured with up to a 16-core, Intel Core i9 processor and 64 GB of DDR4 ECC or non-ECC memory. A wide range of storage and expansion capabilities are available, including single and dual PCIe 4.0 slots. Along with PCIe, OnLogic’s unique ModBay expansion technology can be used to add a variety of additional connectivity and storage options, including up to 22x LAN ports or 30x USB 3 ports.

Karbon 801 (K801)

  • Less than 2 in (50 mm) tall, PCIe 4.0 NVMe storage, optional 4G LTE or Wi-Fi

Karbon 802 (K802)

  • 2x ModBay I/O expansion bays
  • 2x 2.5-inch SATA SSDs with optional hot-swap

Karbon 803 (K803)

  • 1x single-slot PCIe 4.0 x16 expansion

Karbon 804 (K804)

  • 2x ModBay I/O expansion bays
  • 2x 2.5-inch SATA SSDs with optional hot-swap
  • 1x dual-slot PCIe 4.0 x16 or 2x single-slot PCIe 4.0 x8 expansion
  • 6x 2.5-inch NVMe or SATA RAID array (coming soon)

More information about the Karbon 800 Series is available at www.onlogic.com/computers/rugged/karbon-800/ or by contacting an OnLogic Solution Specialist at 802-861-1590.

About the Vision Systems Design Innovators Awards

The Vision Systems Design Innovators Awards program reviews and recognizes the most innovative products and services in the vision and image processing industry. Criteria used in the 2022 Innovators Awards ranking included: originality; innovation; impact on designers, systems integrators, and end-users; fulfilling a need in the market that hasn’t been addressed; leveraging a novel technology; and increasing productivity. The judging panel consists of esteemed experts from system integrator and end-user companies.

About Vision Systems Design

Published since 1996, Vision Systems Design is a global resource for engineers, engineering managers and systems integrators that provides comprehensive global coverage of vision systems technologies, applications, and markets. Vision Systems Design’s magazine, website (www.vision-systems.com), email newsletters, and webcasts report on and analyze the latest technology and business developments and trends in the worldwide machine vision and image processing industry.

About OnLogic

OnLogic is a global industrial computer manufacturer that designs highly-configurable, solution-focused computers engineered for reliability at the IoT edge. Their systems operate in the world’s harshest environments, empowering customers to solve their most complex computing challenges no matter their industry. Founded in 2003, the company has offices in the US, the Netherlands, Taiwan, and Malaysia. OnLogic has helped more than 70,000 customers worldwide advance their ideas with computers that are designed to last, built to order, and delivered in days.

For more information, visit www.onlogic.com.