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Entry-level thin client does HD video on dual displays

Jan 19, 2012 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Devon IT announced a thin client that runs Linux on a 1.3GHz Via Eden processor. The TC5V includes 2GB of RAM, 4GB of flash, gigabit Ethernet, and dual display support via DVI-D and DVI-I connectors, according to the company.

Devon IT has previously employed 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processors in a couple of thin clients it optimistically — given the limitations of the underlying chipset — called "HD-ready." The TC5x had DVI-I and DVI-D video outputs, while the smaller TC5Xc supported dual displays too via a bundled splitter cable.

Devon IT TC5V

Now, the company offers the TC5V, again with DVI-I and DVI-D ports, but with a slower 1.3GHz Via Eden processor. Clock speed aside, this device likely is better than its Intel-powered siblings at video replay, since it includes Via's VX900 northbridge/southbridge, which accelerates H.264, MPEG-4/AVC, MPEG-2, VC-1, WMV-HD, AVS, Blu-ray, and "advanced browser streamed video technologies," according to its manufacturer.

Devon IT says that in addition to accommodating dual displays of up to 1920 x 1200 pixels apiece, the TC5V is compatible with multimedia delivered via Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol 7.1. The device also works well with Citrix's HDX (high definition user experience) technology, the company adds.

According to Devon IT, the thin client is offered as the the TC5VL with the Linux-derived DeTOS (Devon terminal operating system), or as the TC5VX with Windows Embedded Standard 7. The Linux model comes with 1GB of RAM and 1GB of flash storage, while the Windows version provides 2GB of RAM and 4GB of flash.

Devon IT says the TC5V has six USB 2.0 ports (two front, four rear), two PS/2 connectors, a microphone input, and a headphone jack. Of course, it also has a gigabit Ethernet port.

Touting use of "much less electricity than traditional PCs," Devon IT says the TC5V has an average power consumption of 14 Watts. The thin client measures 9.0 x 8.3 x 2.3 inches and weighs 2.4 pounds, the company adds.

Joe Makoid, president of Devon IT, stated, "The TC5V with the Via Eden processor and its integrated GPU is capable of handling a high level of display updates. [It] … provides an excellent experience for demanding users who require multi-monitor support, high-definition video, and use high-throughput devices such as VOIP headsets."

Further information

According to Devon IT, the TC5V is available now, either directly or via Dell part numbers (A5692945 for the TC5VL with DeTOS, or A5692957 for the TC5VX with Windows Embedded Standard 7). More information may be found on the TC5V product page.

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