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HP grows 'Z' sub-brand, adds Thunderbolt

September 10, 2013
HP grows 'Z' sub-brand, adds Thunderbolt
PALO ALTO, CA — HP (hp.com) has expanded its Z portfolio of professional workstation and display products. The new portfolio includes three new HP ZBook mobile workstations, processor and graphics enhancements to the line of HP Z desktop workstations, and two new HP Z displays.

By incorporating Thunderbolt technology, select HP Z mobile and desktop workstations now can take advantage of high-speed data transmission between Z workstations, displays and peripherals, providing fast, versatile I/O connection.

The new HP ZBook mobile workstations now feature a thinner and lighter industrial design. The HP ZBook family includes the first workstation Ultrabook — the HP ZBook 14 — as well as the HP ZBook 15 and 17. Designed for workstation-class professionals that demand mobility, the new HP ZBooks feature fourth generation Intel Haswell dual- and quad-core processor options, and next-generation graphics technologies from Nvidia and AMD. The ZBooks all feature tool-free chassis for easy upgrades and serviceability.



The HP ZBook 14 also comes with the option for a touch-enabled panel, making it well suited for pros that likes a hands-on experience. The HP ZBook 15 will include an option for a high-resolution QHD+ 3,200-by-1,800 display, providing greater detail in images for customers that require extreme image accuracy. The HP ZBook 15 and 17 feature a Thunderbolt port, as well as an optional DreamColor Display panel that provides accurate and consistent color from the display to print and the big screen.

HP ZBook 15 and 17 models are now available. The ZBook 14 is planned for release in late October.

The HP Z desktop workstation line, which includes the HP Z420, Z620 and Z820, have been updated with the latest Intel Xeon E5-1600v2 and E5-2600v2 families of processors, also called Ivy Bridge. New memory runs 16 percent faster. The addition of Thunderbolt will accelerate creative projects with data transfer speeds four times faster than the bandwidth of USB 3.0.

The dual-socket HP Z820 offers up to 24 processing cores, up to 512 GB of ECC memory, up to 15 TB of high-speed storage, and up to two Nvidia K6000 graphics.

The HP Z620 packs computing and visualization power into a quiet, compact footprint. The HP Z620 is HP’s most versatile workstation, providing up to 24 discrete processing cores, up to 192 GB of ECC memory, up to 12TB of high-speed storage, and up to Nvidia K6000 or dual Nvidia K5000 graphics for high-speed graphics performance.

HP’s Z420, includes up to eight processing cores using the latest Intel Xeon processor E5-1600 v2 and E5-2600 v2 product families, providing up to 64 GB of ECC memory, up to 12 TB of high-speed storage, and Nvidia Quadro K6000 or AMD W7000, or dual Nvidia K2000 graphics. 

The enhanced HP Z420, Z620 and Z820 workstations will be available in October, starting $1,399, $1,689 and $2,439, respectively.



Adding to the company’s line of professional displays, the new HP Z27i and Z30i IPS displays are designed for applications requiring high image accuracy, versatile adjustability and mission-critical reliability. The new displays provide excellent coverage of the sRGB color space, with the HP Z27i and Z30i both offering 100 percent coverage. The HP Z30i also covers 100 percent of the Adobe RGB color space. Built with IPS Gen 2 panels, HP Z displays deliver a power savings of up to 37 percent compared to HP’s first-generation IPS technology products. 

The HP Z27i is planned to be available in October starting at $729, and the HP Z30i display is now available, starting at $1,329.

“Professional customers rely on trusted partners to provide technology solutions that are tested and certified for the mission-critical applications they run,” notes Jim Zafarana, vice president and general manager, commercial solutions business unit, HP. “The HP Z sub-brand has become a hallmark for professional products engineered to the highest standards. The expansion of the Z portfolio demonstrates HP’s commitment to the professional market that many other vendors have abandoned.”