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New thin client series runs Linux

Mar 9, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 3 views

Netherlands-based Acropolis Automation will debut four models in its Athena thin client series, at the CeBIT tradeshow in Hannover, Germany next week. The new T3000 clients are based on 1GHz Via Eden processors, and offered with a choice of Linux, Windows CE, or Windows XP Embedded.

Acropolis updated its Linux-based thin-client OS earlier this month. Its NLX (New LinuX) 5 OS is based on Debian, and is available on an IDE flash plug-in module suitable for turning old PCs into modern thin clients.

The model T3100T and T3090T clients are packaged in compact standalone enclosures, while the T3117F and T3119F are embedded directly within LCD monitors. The T3117F and T3119F clients' LCD screens measure 17 inches (1280 x 1020 pixels) and 19 inches (1600 x 1200 pixels), respectively.

T3100T (upper) and T3090T (lower)

The new thin clients feature a design based on Via's highly integrated CN700 chipset, which supports DDR2 400/533 RAM and has a 533MHz frontside bus. The chipset integrates a UniChrome Pro IGP graphics processor featuring MPEG-2 hardware acceleration, “Chromotion CE” video smoother, and DuoView+ dual monitor support. It also offers integrated 6-channel audio, along with an audiophile-grade sound-chip option when combined with Via's Envy24 sound chip.

T3100T rear panel connections

Other key features and specifications common to all four new Athena thin clients, as listed by Acropolis, include:

  • Processor — Via Eden clocked at 1 GHz, with CN700 chipset
  • Memory:
    • LCD models — DDR slot for up to 512 MB
    • Standalone enclosure models — DDR slot for up to 1 GB
  • Storage:
    • 2 DiskOnModule flash memory sockets
    • CF card socket
  • Input/output ports:
    • Audio — AC97 audio CODEC; mike in, stereo audio out jacks
    • 10/100 Mbps Ethernet with PXE LAN boot
    • RS232 serial port
    • 4 x USB 2.0 ports
    • parallel printer port
    • PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports
  • Kensington lock
  • Embedded operating system — choice of Linux, Windows CE, Windows XP Embedded

The devices also come with new remote management software, according to the company.

Pricing and production availability were not disclosed.

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