Lenovo launches first ThinkStation workstations

Lenovo has entered the business workstation market with two new ThinkStation PCs, which retain the original 'Think' moniker originally established by IBM.

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Lenovo has entered the business workstation market with two new ThinkStation PCs, which retain the original 'Think' moniker originally established by IBM.

Based on Intel's upcoming Penryn processor, the ThinkStation D10 workstation will come with two quad-core Intel Xeon processors. The single-socket ThinkStation S10 workstation will come with an Intel Core 2 processor and a graphics card from Nvidia.

The systems are designed for companies seeking to perform graphics and computing-intensive jobs, including computer-aided design and digital content creation, Lenovo said.

Both workstations come with Intel processors manufactured using the 45-nanometre process, which will help consumers save energy.

The systems will include dual Gigabit Ethernet and multiple slots, bays and USB (Universal Serial Bus) ports for expandability, Lenovo said. The systems will be priced starting at $1,739 (£870) and $1,199 (£600), respectively in the US.

The introduction of ThinkStation is a step to personalise valuable assets Lenovo acquired from IBM, said Charles King, president and principal analyst of Pund-IT. IBM's original 'Think' brand, which had a big presence in the business segment, gave Lenovo a line of popular and reliable business-class desktops and notebooks, King said.

"[Lenovo] is taking the assets and making them their own," King said.

The workstations also fall under a general market shift from Unix systems to x86 workstations, King said. Highly technical workstations are available from big vendors, but more businesses are adopting Intel-based and AMD's Opteron platforms because of performance and aggressive pricing, King said.

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