One of the many new products launched at the recent PC96 was the Siemens Nixdorf (SNI) Celsius 1 personal workstation. According to SNI, the new workstation is set to close the gap between technical workstations and high-end personal computers.
SNI claims the Celsius 1 is tailored specific-ally for Windows NT, where professional workstation users in both technical and creative environments place heavy demands on processor and graphics performance, especially in 3-D applications using OpenGL for example.
SNI's general manager, PC Line of Business, Chris Dimmock, told ARN that for high-end CAD, the market is generally dominated by RISC-based Unix boxes. "This is the first product to bridge the gap between Unix and Windows NT stations on Intel," he said.
The company states that the new workstation will spark fundamental repositioning in the workstation market and will in fact make traditional specialist systems obsolete in many areas. The product's features include an Intel Pentium Pro CPU, high-speed Fast SCSI-II controller on the PCI bus for connecting up to seven SCSI devices, the 64-bit ELSA Gloria 3D graphics subsystem with 8MB VRAM frame buffer, 8 MB DRAM local buffer, and a 112-bit-wide memory interface.
When ARN asked Dimmock how the product would be sold, he said, "It's exclusively a channel product. It's very vertical in its application, so we're relying on the expertise within the channel."
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