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Verari Systems is putting Intel’s Nocona chip and the latest graphics technology from Nvidia into a high-end workstation aimed at compute-intensive tasks.

Verari Systems Inc. unveiled the two-way NemeSys X64 graphics workstation Tuesday at the Siggraph computer graphics show in Los Angeles.

The new 3.6GHz Xeon chips—codenamed Nocona, with Intel Corp.’s EM64T extension technology—gives the workstation the ability to run both 32- and 64-bit software and features an 800MHz front-side bus. The system also will use the latest PCI Express graphics card from Nvidia Corp., of Santa Clara, Calif.

Click here to read about Intel integrating PCI Express into its chip sets.

The workstation is designed for such jobs as game development, filmmaking, fluid dynamics and visualization, according to officials at Verari, of San Diego.

The workstation offers up to 8GB of memory, and the PCI Express technology doubles bandwidth of the AGP 8x graphics card, officials said.

The NemeSys X64 is available immediately, starting at $3,400.

Intel, also of Santa Clara, released Nocona as a workstation chip in June; it rolled it out for servers last week. The chip was in answer to Advanced Micro Devices Inc.’s Opteron processor, which was unveiled last year and also runs 32- and 64-bit applications.

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