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    Technology @gaphix - Behind the Scenes

    As we'll be in the field next week, it makes a great opportunity to kick off a view into the technology we employ @gaphix .

    Here's one of our workstations dedicated for CAD work; it's got a wireless mouse, detached numeric pad, and dual monitors.

    Anyone care to identify the other nifty peripherals?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by hifiguy@gaphix Click here to enlarge
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    As we'll be in the field next week, it makes a great opportunity to kick off a view into the technology we employ @gaphix .

    Here's one of our workstations dedicated for CAD work; it's got a wireless mouse, detached numeric pad, and dual monitors.

    Anyone care to identify the other nifty peripherals?

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    Well I mean I see a cell phone. Those help get things done.

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    That ppc phone is a tell into when that photo was taken. Click here to enlarge

    Since technology plays a large role in R&D, the pics we post will be a la SR-71.

    We build all of our boxes including servers, usually to the brim, and then start hardware tweaking and upgrades where needed. This particular workstation started with two hard drives, a quad-core, a graphics card, and no empty DIMM slots.

    More to follow...

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    Here's the first upgrade we performed on that workstation, things were moving a bit slow for us and this was a cheap and effective way to speed things up.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by hifiguy@gaphix Click here to enlarge
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    As we'll be in the field next week, it makes a great opportunity to kick off a view into the technology we employ @gaphix .

    Here's one of our workstations dedicated for CAD work; it's got a wireless mouse, detached numeric pad, and dual monitors.

    Anyone care to identify the other nifty peripherals?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by folgrz Click here to enlarge
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    Holy moly!! Thats a super old school surge protector!! lmao
    LOL another 80s pc user? Love those things, you can power cycle everything.

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    Use them much? Makes modeling a breeze.

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    Yeh all our CAD stations have them, only way to go.
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    this is a joke right?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Torgus Click here to enlarge
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    this is a joke right?
    what do you mean?

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    Yeh all our CAD stations have them, only way to go.
    No doubt, saves lots of time with all the shortcuts and simultaneous zoom, pan, rotation. Are you with a VAR or design firm?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by hifiguy@gaphix Click here to enlarge
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    what do you mean?
    "it's got a wireless mouse, detached numeric pad, and dual monitors."

    uhhh I had that like 10 years ago. Also the monitors are nothing special...Sorry, I thought you were making a joke about this. Also the monitor on the left looks like a CRT...

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    two hard drives, a quad-core, a graphics card, and no empty DIMM slots."

    Again this is nothing special, it was a normal build for people years ago. I can't think about the last desktop I built only having 1 HDD.


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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by hifiguy@gaphix Click here to enlarge
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    what do you mean?



    No doubt, saves lots of time with all the shortcuts and simultaneous zoom, pan, rotation. Are you with a VAR or design firm?
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Torgus Click here to enlarge
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    uhhh I had that like 10 years ago. Also the monitors are nothing special...Sorry, I thought you were making a joke about this. Also the monitor on the left looks like a CRT...
    Again this is nothing special, it was a normal build for people years ago.
    Yep, you nailed it, please pardon my dry sense of humor. Click here to enlarge If you check the properties of that photo, you'll find it was taken a few years ago...circa 2009.

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    Since technology plays a large role in R&D, the pics we post will be a la SR-71.
    While we can't reveal the current technology in use, I thought it'd be neat to share some of our old toys. Back in '09, I believe that pc had 12gb ram, a 1gb workstation card, and write speeds of 400mb/s (a 7200 rpm drive only writes 80 mb/s). Our latest workstations are slightly faster.

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    Dealing with CAD files seems simple enough, but once you add alternate design ideas, numerous revisions, and multiply by X amount of parts, you're left with huge directory structures. And then there's backups, and backups for backups...because drive failures are the worst if you've ever been there.

    This was our first file server and she's still running! Call me old skool, but I have a thing for full towers. They're spacious with the PSU mounted vertically, and removable drive cages makes upgrades a breeze. Fully maxed, it can hold about 15 drives and it started out with PATA expansion before switching over to SATA.

    Bonus points if you can identify the top disk drive, it's not a standard 3.5 drive. Backward compatibility is key since a client may have an AutoCAD v14 file saved on a zip disk and that's the only copy. Rare, but it's happened.

    And the best feature of this rig? The casters we added to wheel it a round, it must weigh like 50lbs!

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
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    Not a zip drive is it?
    The second drive is a 250 zip, if anyone remembers those!

    Here's a hint, the top drive is backwards compatible with 1.44mb disks but has an IDE interface.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by hifiguy@gaphix Click here to enlarge
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    The second drive is a 250 zip, if anyone remembers those!

    Here's a hint, the top drive is backwards compatible with 1.44mb disks but has an IDE interface.
    I feel like we're doing a computer history lesson in this thread.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
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    I feel like we're doing a computer history lesson in this thread.
    LOL, good point, ill post up some recent tech.

    FWIW, I use to work in IT and teach CS. =p

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    Part of the prototyping process entails capturing data to validate the desired performance. And part of being a start-up means finding novel alternatives in order to keep costs reasonable.

    So instead of getting a costly turn-key system, we ended up fabing a portable, custom DAQ solution that is fairly precise with an acceptable tolerance range. Best of all, it saved us a substantial amount of coin.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by hifiguy@gaphix Click here to enlarge
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    Part of the prototyping process entails capturing data to validate the desired performance. And part of being a start-up means finding novel alternatives in order to keep costs reasonable.

    So instead of getting a costly turn-key system, we ended up fabing a portable, custom DAQ solution that is fairly precise with an acceptable tolerance range. Best of all, it saved us a substantial amount of coin.

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    I have no idea what this does.

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    It's basically a signal processor that takes analog readings from our sensors, b00sts the signal, filters the noise, and converts the stream to digital. A usb connection then allows us to use a laptop or smartphone to capture the data with no distraction to the test driver.

    What data are we capturing? It has to do with our upcoming E9X M3 product. =D

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