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Thin client offers legacy ports

Jul 8, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Devon IT is shipping a Linux-ready thin client with legacy parallel and serial ports, aimed at the retail and financial industries. Based on a 1GHz Via C7 Eden, the TC4 supports RDP, ICA, and web-based applications, plus virtual desktop environments from companies including Citrix, VMware, and RedHat.

The TC4 is billed as a desktop replacement for customers, typically in retail or financial markets, who require legacy ports, says Devon IT. Specific targeted applications are said to include point-of-sale environments and bank branches.

Equipped with a 1GHz Via C7 Eden processor, the TC4 also deploys the Via CN700 chipset, and is supplied with 512MB of DDR2 memory, says the company. Local storage is supported with a 1GB DOM (disk on module), with expansion offered via PCMCIA and PCI slots, as well as four USB ports. Other I/O is said to include an Ethernet port, a parallel port, and dual serial and PS/2 ports. A wide variety of clients are supported, from Leostream to VMware (see list below).


Devon IT TC4

Specifications listed for the TC4 include:

  • Processor — Via C7 Eden @ 1GHz
  • Chipset — VIA CN700 + VT8237R Plus with integrated AGP 2D/3D/video accelerator
  • Memory — 512MB DDR2 RAM
  • Flash — 1GB
  • Display — Up to 1600 x 1200 with 32-bit color
  • Video ports — 1 x VGA port; 1 x DVI-I port
  • Audio — 1W speaker; Line in (Mic); Line out
  • Expansion — PCMCIA slot; PCI slot
  • Networking — 10/100 Ethernet port
  • USB — 4 x USB ports (two front-facing)
  • Serial — 2 x serial ports
  • Parallel — 1 x parallel port
  • PS/2 — 2 x PS/2 ports
  • Clients:
    • RDP
    • ICA
    • X Client
    • NX (NoMachine)
    • VNC (Remote Shadowing)
    • Sun Global Desktop
    • Leostream Connection Broker
    • VMware View Client
  • Servers supported — Windows 2000/2003/2008; Citrix XenApp
  • Other features — Embedded browser; foot stand; Kensington security slot
  • Dimensions — 11.5 x 9.3 x 2.1 inches (292 x 237 x 53mm)
  • Weight — 7.3 lbs (3.3kg)
  • Operating temperature — 32 to 95 deg. F (0 to 35 deg. C)
  • Power — 48W, DC 12V / 4A external adapter
  • Operating system — DeTOS (Linux); Windows Embedded Standard


TC4 on its side

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As with other Devon IT thin clients, such as the Intel Atom-based TC5X/XW announced in March, the Linux version of the TC4 uses Devon IT's own Linux-derived distribution, DeTOS (Devon terminal operating system), which offers a Firefox 2.x browser.

Availability

The TC4 is available now, says Devon IT, which did not reveal pricing. More information may be found here.


 
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