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Integrated thin client does WiFi, dual monitors, Linux

Jul 6, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

VXL Instruments has released its first thin client series integrated into a 17-inch LCD monitor. The Itona TI54xx series clients feature built-in 802.11g WiFi, and support for dual monitors, a requirement for many financial applications and customer care centers, according to the company. The clients are available with Linux, Windows CE, or Windows XP Embedded.

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The TI54xx runs a 1 GHz VIA C3 processor with up to 1 GB each of RAM and Flash. An optional touchscreen panel is available for the “ultra sharp clarity” 17-inch LCD. In addition to the built-in 54 Mbps wireless LAN, the unit includes the usual array of communication ports such as Ethernet, USB, serial, and PS/2.

VXL lists the following key features and specifications for the TI54xx:

  • Processor — Via C3 at 1 GHz
  • Memory:
    • 128 MB RAM, 32 MB Flash standard
    • Maximum — 1 GB RAM, 1 GB Flash
  • Display:
    • 17-inch LCD
    • resolution — 1280 x 1024
    • dual channel LVDS interface
    • 15-pin VGA out
    • ELO 5-wire resistive touch panel (optional)
  • Storage options:
    • 2.5-inch “slim” HDD
    • DVD ROM + CD-R
  • I/O ports:
    • 10/100 Ethernet, RJ45
      • Wake on LAN
      • PXE boot
    • 4 USB 2.0 — two on front, two on rear
    • 2 serial
    • PS/2 keyboard and mouse
    • Parallel port
    • Audio — mic in, line in, line out
  • Expansion options:
    • PCMCIA slot
    • Smart card reader
  • Wireless — Built-in 802.11b/g WiFi
  • Power — 12V 80 Watt external adapter, worldwide autosensing — 100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz

“This new model is designed to increase the scope of thin client technology” said Frank Noon, VXL's worldwide VP of Sales. “The dual monitor support and wireless LAN capability is indicative of VXL's desire to incorporate real value in our products.”

While exact pricing was not disclosed, VXL says the TI54xx series is “aggressively priced.” Current estimates put the new machine “some $300 cheaper than its equivalent rivals.” Availability was likewise not disclosed.

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