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February 8, 2010

Lenovo unveils new entry level workstation

Claims to use more than 50% recycled plastic content

By CBR Staff Writer

Lenovo has unveiled a new entry level workstations ThinkStation E20, which is aimed at professionals working in computer aided design (CAD) and digital content creation (DCC) fields.

The ThinkStation E20 comes with a choice of Intel Core i3 and i5 processors as well as Pentium and Xeon 3400 series processors. It also offers choice of independent software vendor (ISV) certified graphics offerings, Intel Core HD graphics or Nvidia Quadro graphics up to the FX1800; support for error correcting code DDR3 memory; and certifications from ISVs like Autodesk, Siemens and Dassault Systemes, the company said.

The company claims that the new workstation uses more than 50% of the plastic content from post-consumer recycled materials. It achieved a gold-rating by the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool and is GREENGUARD certified for its environmental attributes. It meets the efficiency criteria for Energy Star 5.0 and features an 80 Plus Bronze Power Supply.

Mark Cohen, vice president of enterprise products at Lenovo, said: “We’ve found there are a number of CAD and DCC professionals who are currently getting by on desktop PC hardware due to budget constraints. They’re running workstation-class applications and could benefit from using true workstation hardware.

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“We designed the ThinkStation E20 with these users in mind to put true workstation performance within their reach and enable them to realise significant productivity gains associated with using the right tool for the job.”

The ThinkStation E20 workstation is expected to be available in mid-February with models starting at approximately $599.

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