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National adds Linux support to Geode integrated processor

Feb 24, 2000 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

HANNOVER, Germany — (BUSINESS WIRE) — National Semiconductor Corporation today announced that it has licensed Citrix Systems, Inc.'s Independent Computing Architecture (ICA) client software for the Linux operating system. National, a leading provider of silicon solutions and development platforms for the thin client market, will use Citrix ICA to provide its customers the most enhanced solution utilizing… the Linux operating system. The National thin client solution, based on the National Geode GXLV integrated processor, provides optimal performance with low power consumption at an affordable cost.

Citrix's ICA client software, together with the National thin client silicon solutions, offers users an easy-to-use, high-performance platform with access to a wide range of applications. Thin clients in an application server-computing environment provide enhanced capabilities such as speed, reliability, secure access to critical applications, as well as significant cost savings from centralized application hosting, deployment and administration.

“Citrix and National are driving the thin client, application server computing market by continuing to develop increasingly innovative solutions,” said Barry Davis, vice president of Corporate Alliances for Citrix. “By incorporating support for Citrix ICA technology into National's Geode family of solutions, we can offer the market new ways to implement the application serving model and gain its benefits of broader application reach, higher performance over limited bandwidth, and reduced cost of application ownership.”

National and Citrix, both committed to promoting thin client technology, will continue to jointly educate IT professionals on the cost-savings and technological advantages offered by application server computing. National speaks to these benefits with first-hand experience. The company is not only a leading enabler of this market, but is also a leading deployer of thin client technology. “National and Citrix are both dedicated to developing the best solutions available for the server-based computing marketplace. National is motivated to do this because, as users ourselves, we understand what solutions are required to realize the full benefits of server-based computing,” said Ziv Azmanov, manager of the thin client business unit at National. “National is working with Citrix, the world leader in application server software, to help promote this rapidly growing technology, as well as offer the most fully optimized, complete solution available.”

About the Geode GXLV Integrated Processor

National Semiconductor's Geode GXLV processor is specially designed to power information appliances for entertainment, education, and business. It is the perfect processor solution for IA applications such as thin clients, interactive set-top boxes, and personal Internet access devices.

The Geode GXLV processor (see block diagram) is contained in a single 352 pin BGA package and includes a 64-bit “X86” CPU, a PCI bus interface, video controller, audio I/O, and power management functions. The device is available with a typical average power consumption ranging from 1 to 2.5 watts. Operating at lower voltages improves power consumption and thermal characteristics thus enabling maximum flexibility in system design.

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