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Compact Linux thin clients drive dual displays

Jan 17, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 4 views

Wyse Technology is shipping a new line of compact, silent, thin clients that optionally support dual displays via special monitor splitter cables. The V-Class Dual-Video clients are based on Via C7 processors, and are available with Linux and other popular thin client operating systems.

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Wyse hopes its new V-Class Dual-Video line will extend the benefits of thin client computing to data-intensive environments, such as financial services, medical care, document management, and research facilities. The new systems support dual monitors via a special cable that splits the systems' DVI-I port into one DVI-D port and one VGA port.

Wyse says its new V-Class Dual-Video line replaces its older Winterm line, including the Windows CE-based Winterm 3150, Linux-based 5150, and Windows XP Embedded-based 9150 models. Analogous V-Class systems include:

  • V30 Dual-Video, with 128MB each Flash and RAM, running Windows CE
  • V50 Dual-Video, with 128MB Flash and 256MB of RAM, running Linux
  • V90 Dual-Video, with 512MB of Flash and 256MB of RAM, running Windows XP Embedded

Wyse has previously offered non-Dual-Video versions of all three V-Class systems. It announced the Linux-based V50 in August of 2005, followed by the release last October of several WiFi-enabled Wireless V-Class models.

The Linux-based V50 Dual-Video currently is said to draw an average of 17.5 Watts per hour, when connected to a single monitor, keyboard, and mouse. When set to 24-bit color, it supports single-monitor resolutions up to WUXGA (1920 x 1080), or two 1280×[email protected] monitors.

The V50 comes standard with Wyse's own “Wyse Linux 6.3” thin client OS, which was last updated in June.


V50
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Additional touted features and specs of the Linux-based V50 Dual-Video include:

  • Standard with 128MB flash and 256MB DDR RAM; available with up to 2GB flash and 1GB of RAM
  • Video:
    • Display resolutions up to WUXGA (1920 x 1080)
    • One DVI-I Port
    • One DVI-I Port to VGA (DB-15) Adapter (included)
    • Dual-video support with optional DVI-I to DVI-D plus VGA-monitor splitter cable (sold separately)
    • VESA monitor support with Display Data Control (DDC) for automatic setting of resolution and refresh rate
    • Single Monitor at 24-bit/16.7M colors:
    • Dual Monitors used simultaneously (requires optional monitor splitter cable) at 24-bit/16.7M colors:
  • Audio:
    • 16-bit stereo audio out on 1/8-inch mini jack
    • 8-bit audio input on 1/8-inch mini jack
  • I/O ports:
    • 1 x serial port
    • 1 x parallel port
    • 3 x USB 2.0 (1 on front, 2 on back)
  • 10/100 Base-T Fast Ethernet twisted pair (RJ-45)
  • CardBus/PCMCIA card slot
  • Optional external USB 802.11b/g wireless adapter
  • USB keyboard with PS/2 mouse port and Tux key included
  • PS/2 mouse included
  • Measures 7.9 x 7.1 x 1.8 inches (201 x 180 x 46mm)

Bill Platt, EVP of products, stated, “The new V-Class Dual-Video family addresses the requirements of customers asking for higher display resolutions, superior image quality, and support for analog and digital displays through the new DVI-I interface.”

Availability

The V-Class Dual-Video thin clients start at $399, not including the optional video splitter cable.


 
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