Portable Computer meets digital media market demands.

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NextDimension Evo, suited for broadcast and digital media applications, incorporates dual-width PCI Express graphics card and single-width PCI Express video capture card. Modular, flextop computer supports up to 2 dual-core AMD Opteron(TM) processors or 2 Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® processors in addition to 16 GB RAM, over 2 TB storage, and internal DVD/RW. Intel-based system also offers triple PCI Express option for simultaneous use of 3 single-width cards.

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NextComputing Expands PCI Express Options on Portable Computers to Meet Demands for Digital Media Market

December 6, 2007 - NextComputing, providers of portable and small form factor computers for the broadcast industry, announces the enhancement of PCI Express capabilities on one of its flextop computers, the NextDimension Evo. The modular, high-performance system is about the size of a briefcase and has proven itself ideal for broadcast and digital media applications requiring high-end processors and graphics. This latest development enables industry integrators to benefit from both a dual-width PCI Express graphics card and a single-width PCI Express video capture card simultaneously, a capability once reserved for much larger, stationary systems. Systems configured with Intel processors also offer a triple PCI Express option enabling the use of three single-width cards simultaneously.

The enhanced PCI Express capabilities help to create a performance-rich system in a smaller chassis. This system was developed to meet the demands of users performing tasks like real-time high definition 3D broadcast graphics from remote locations. Utilizing the PCI Express architecture for both the image capture and image generation components of these applications creates more efficient data throughput and a reduction in performance bottlenecks. Ultra high-end PCI Express graphics boards, such as the NVIDIA Quadro FX 4600 by PNY Technologies, Inc. can now be combined with the newest PCI Express video capture boards such as Blackmagic Design's DeckLink(TM) HD Extreme or AJA Video's XENA(TM) 2Ke. In addition these combinations enhance other applications in the industry, like uncompressed HD video capture and editing, film production and post-production (digital dailies, color grading, and finishing), multi-display digital projection, and on-set effects pre-visualization for feature films and television commercials. All of these applications benefit from the NextDimension Evo's compact size, allowing full functionality regardless of location.

Configurations of a NextDimension Evo and Evo HD include the following features: Up to two dual-core AMD Opteron(TM) processors or two Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® processors, 16GB RAM, over 2TB of storage, and internal DVD/RW. The integrated widescreen display (1920x1200) allows native HD video playback, and both models support external monitors. PCI options include one dual-width PCIe slot and one single-width PCIe slot plus one factory access PCI-X 64-bit /100MHz slot, or with Intel processors only, three single-width PCIe slots plus one factory access PCI-X/64 100MHz slot.

NextComputing focuses its attention on mobile, high-performance computing within a specialized set of vertical markets, one of those being the broadcast/media industry. As this latest innovation demonstrates, the company provides solutions to high-performance computing challenges that arise as technology advances in the industry.

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