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Compact thin client operator terminals run Linux

Oct 7, 2005 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 6 views

Kontron has enhanced its line of thin, fanless, thin-client operator terminals, adding an x86-compatible embedded processor. The new [email protected] “Micro Clients” are based on the company's ETX format CPU modules, allowing them to be scaled to meet evolving performance requirements, according to the company.

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The original [email protected] Micro Clients introduced last December were based on an ARM-based Intel PXA255 XScale processor. The new models are based on an x86-compatible STMicroelectronics STPC Vega processor clocked at 200 MHz. The devices can be fitted with up to 128 MB of DRAM and up to 128MB of Flash memory.

The model [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected] terminals have 640 x 480 pixel TFT screens in sizes of 8.4, 10.4, and 12.1 inches, respectively, and feature resistive touchscreens and IP65 protection on the front. Connectivity options include RS232, USB, 10/100 Ethernet, and CAN bus. Battery buffered SRAM is also available as an option, according to Kontron. Input power is 24 VDC.

Due to the shallow installation depth of less than 50 mm, coupled with low heat dissipation, Kontron suggests the new Micro Clients are ideal for use in mobile battery-operated applications such as mobile infotainment systems. Other applications might include building management systems, vehicle engineering, machine and system manufacturing, medical technology, and transportation.

The model [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected] terminals run Embedded Linux, as well as Windows CE and Windows XP Embedded, according to the company. Kontron says it can customize or extend the software support package according to customers' specifications. Numerous standard protocols — including http, XML, and RDP — are included in the Micro Clients' software package. Additionally, a Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and browser, which start up in kiosk mode to run Java applets, has been developed, the company says.

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