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Lenovo ThinkStation P520 and P520c the new mainstream workstation family

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Lenovo's ThinkStations help the most innovative and original designers and designers turn their visions into reality

Lenovo introduced the brand new ThinkStation P520 tower workstations and the compact P520c. Equipped with the latest and most powerful Intel Xeon W processors, with clock frequencies up to 4.5 GHz and up to 18 cores for substantial computing power, the ThinkStation P520 and P520c represent the new family of single CPU mainstream workstations. The new ThinkStation P520 and P520c provide a combination of performance and reliability to handle the needs of graphics professionals even the most demanding. Add to this the professional graphics with up to two NVIDIA Quadro P6000 cards inside the ThinkStation P520.

The announcement of the ThinkStation P520 and P520c completes the upgrade of the recently announced and already available desktop workstation portfolio including ThinkStation P920 and P720.

Thanks to the new units it will be possible to exploit MX3D for the design and realization of large objects, also thanks to storage optimization.

Lenovo has also launched the new ThinkPad P52s portable workstation, the thinnest and lightest quad-core workstation ever produced by the company. With improved performance and universal connectivity, the ThinkPad P52s allows professionals to work anywhere, anytime with maximum reliability.

Two examples of using ThinkStations

What do you do when you want to build a bridge? Research is carried out, past practices are compared, projects, ideas and materials are compared, and inspiration is drawn from existing structures. Most likely you will work within the limits of what has already been done around us. If instead you are MX3D a Dutch company specialized in additive robotics manufacturing (so-called 3D printing) for architecture, heavy industry, the maritime and plant engineering sector, you will completely change your approach. MX3D revolutionizes the way of designing, building and constructing structures thanks to 3D printing of steel, thus overcoming the historical limitations to the design and construction of civil and industrial works.

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Wanting to raise awareness and draw attention to the state of the seas, how can the problem be explained to those on the surface? How to make a real experience of what the underwater world actually is? The Hydrous US non-profit association whose mission to give the public access to the underwater world of the open seas is facing this challenge by virtually transporting the public into the abyss. Using high resolution 3D scans and reality capture systems to create virtual reality environments, the organization is educating people to a greater awareness of the health of marine ecosystems.

On the earth's surface, MX3D is working to overcome the limitations of 3D printing technology, making use of sustainable materials in all shapes and sizes, while at the bottom of the seas The Hydrous collects more and more precise measurements on the shapes and dimensions of coral reefs, so to promote new ways to safeguard the environment and improve the resilience of corals.

By using new design methods these professionals are creating a future vision of doing things, right away, here on the magnificent planet we inhabit. These visions, however, would not be possible without the support of agile and powerful hardware: both The Hydrous and MX3D rely on powerful calculation solutions to complete their work.

For architects, designers and engineers, the ThinkStation P520 offers the perfect balance between high clock frequency for single-threaded CAD applications and multiple cores for computational work such as simulation, as well as for professional graphics and accelerated analysis of CAE (Computer Aided Engineering), renderings and workflows in virtual reality (VR). Equipped with optimized storage capabilities, these workstations allow professionals to recover extremely fast data even for large projects, and offer solid expansion options and double M.2 support directly on the motherboard.

The ThinkStation P520 also offers top-level performance for creative professionals who bring visual effects and 3D animation to their limits. The ThinkStation P520c, on the other hand, is a more cost-effective solution for educators and students. However, these are very powerful systems that offer top-level performance through multiple workflows thanks to solid design and construction, CPU and GPU flexibility and reliability at the top of the industry.

The ThinkStations P520 and P520c are also provided with support for Intel Virtual RAID on the CPU (VROC). This feature allows professionals to manage their NVMe SSDs directly on the CPU, taking full advantage of their potential without the complexity of a RAID bus adapter.

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The Hydrous, for example, will use the ThinkStation P520 to continue its mission of protecting the seas thanks to the creation of engaging virtual reality spaces. With the computing power of a GPU and the strength of a workstation, the ThinkStation P520 allows The Hydrous to share these experiences with school classes, museums and marine health awareness programs around the world.

To effectively explore coral reefs by means of 3D mapping, our team needs powerful hardware that can travel anywhere with us, comments Erika Woolsey, co-founder and CEO of The Hydrous. That's why you'll see us bring Lenovo's mobile workstations on all our shipments. These robust and reliable machines give us the flexibility to run 3D models, track GPS coordinates and review the dive footage even before landing.

This new, thin and light ThinkPad will be particularly useful to all professionals who move often thanks to the high computing power of CPU and GPU that allows a rapid interactivity on screen with dense datasets, simulations and management and processing of 2D images. In addition, the ThinkPad P52s features fast memory and optimized storage support, a feature required for project storage, data caching and real-time video playback. Whether you are collaborating on an office project, on a field mission or visiting a customer, this lightweight and powerful workstation can run CAD applications all day offering the fastest processors and up to 1TB of PCIe NVMe.

Also the battery life allows you to sustain the load of a busy day at work. Lenovo's PowerBridge technology offers long battery life by enabling continuous workflow without the need to connect the charger.

Beyond the hardware, Lenovo is helping its customers get the maximum return on their investment with the Lenovo Performance Tuner (LPT) 2.0. Thanks to the use of Processor Affinity, LPT gives users the ability to run their applications on specific cores improving the workload of the system and optimizing the power and resources for single-threaded and multi-threaded applications. To make this process even more convenient for professionals, Lenovo now allows users to import and export application profiles, and system administrators to customize and share profiles across the systems of all individual users.

In addition available Lenovo Workstation Diagnostics a desktop application and free app for smartphones. These tools allow systems to have a vision of the computer system and offer users simple guidelines to follow in the event of problems. Furthermore, if the machine has problems starting up, the app on the smartphone allows the workstation to communicate directly with the mobile device in order to provide instant diagnosis and potential solutions.

Prices and availability of models for the Italian market will be announced later, in conjunction with the exit in Italy, scheduled for Q4 (first calendar quarter).