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Thin clients add performance, DVI

Jan 23, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Neoware has introduced two new thin clients terminals, one said to be the company's “highest performance” thin client. The e90 and e140 both feature compact, space-saving designs and are available with an embedded Linux operating system.

Another touted feature of the new thin clients is a built-in power supply that eliminates the external power “brick” required with many other thin clients. This results in easier installation, higher reliability, better ergonomics, and “fewer accidental power disconnects,” the company says.

Neoware e140
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e140

Neoware says the e140 is the company's highest performance thin client. Additionally, the device is one of the first thin clients to include digital video output (via DVI) for brighter, sharper truer-color images on flat panel monitors, according to the company. Other key features of the e140 listed by the company include:

  • Processor — 1GHz Via Eden x86-compatible processor
  • Memory:
    • Linux version — 128 MB RAM, and 64 or 128MB of Flash
    • Windows CE version — 128 MB RAM, 64 MB Flash
    • Windows XP Embedded version — 512 MB RAM, 512 MB Flash
  • Video:
    • Analog — up to 1600 x 1200 resolution with 32-bit color
    • DVI — 1280 x 1024
  • Input/output ports:
    • Ethernet — 10/100 Mbps autosensing, wake-on-LAN
    • 4 USB 2.0 Type A ports — 2 on front panel, 2 on rear
    • 2 serial ports
    • parallel port
    • PS/2 keyboard and mouse
    • Audio:
      • Mic in
      • Speaker out
      • Internal speaker
  • Expansion — PCI slot
  • Dimensions — 11.4 x 8.8 x 2.1 inches

The e140 is optionally available as a “flashless” device with Neoware Image Manager software, which streams both the operating system and applications from a serve on demand, according to the company.

Neoware e90
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e90

The e90 (pictured above) is ideal for running local applications such as Microsoft Media Player, Internet Explorer, and Java, according to Neoware. Other key features listed by the company include:

  • Processor — 800MHz Via Eden x86-compatible processor
  • Memory:
    • Linux version — 128 MB RAM, and 64 or 128MB of Flash
    • Windows CE version — 128 MB RAM, 32 MB Flash
    • Windows XP Embedded version — 512 MB RAM, 512 MB Flash
  • Video — up to 1600 x 1200 resolution with 32-bit color
  • Input/output ports:
    • Ethernet — 10/100 Mbps autosensing, wake-on-LAN
    • 3 USB 2.0 Type A ports — 2 on front panel, 1 on rear
    • 2 serial ports
    • parallel port
    • PS/2 keyboard and mouse
    • Audio:
      • Mic in
      • Speaker out
      • Internal speaker
  • Dimensions — 9.3 x 8.7 x 1.6 inches

Availability

Prices for the e90 start at $369, while the e140 starts at $419. They are offered with a choice of Linux, Windows CE, or Windows XP Embedded operating systems. The e90 costs slightly less with Linux, while the e140 costs slightly more.


 
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