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VXL fires thin client fusillade

May 13, 2010 — by Jonathan Angel — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 7 views

VXL announced more than a dozen new “Itona” thin clients with Via processors, including seven models that run Linux. The mid-range Itona TC1536 runs on a 1GHz C7-M CPU, the C32 and C35 run on a 1GHz C7, and the C35S, D35S, D51S, and E35 run on a 1.6GHz C7, the company says.

The VXL thin clients are separated into "mid-range" (TC1536, C32 and C35) and "high performance" (C35S, D35S, D51S, and E35S) product lines, says VXL. Building on a long line of Itona thin clients, they are all touted for having low power consumption — as low as 10.3 Watts for the D35 and D51.

All seven of the thin clients are also available in similar versions that run Windows CE 6.0, Windows XP Embedded, or Windows Embedded Standard, says the company. The Linux thin clients run a Linux GIO2 distribution based on Linux 2.6, which appears to be a VXL creation. The exception is the D51S, which runs Novell's SUSE Linux.

Itona TC1536

The TC1536 (pictured at right) uses Via's C7-M clocked at 1GHz. The system ships with 512MB of RAM and 512MB of flash storage, says VXL. Other features are said to include DVI-I video outputs, five USB 2.0 ports, gigabit Ethernet ports, plus mic and line jacks.

According to VXL, the TC15xx has "low" power consumption, though we didn't see a figure mentioned, and measures 7.48 x 5.59 x 1.43 inches (190 x 142 x 36.5mm). Software clients are said to include Citrix ICA 11.xx, RDP, SAP, NX, Quest Access, VMware View, VNC, and Leostream.

Further specifications and software details may be found on the company's website, here.

Itona C32 and C35

VXL's Cxx devices (left) incorporate a 1GHz Via C7 processor and CN896 companion chip, giving them dual-display support and graphics acceleration. The Itona C32 and Itona C35 run Linux, with 512MB of RAM apiece, and 128MB or 512MB of flash storage, respectively. There is also a C35x model that runs Linux, and is identical to the C35 except that its C7 is clocked to 1.6GHz, thereby officially placing it in the company's high performance category.

Both the C32 and C35 provide DVI-I and VGA video outputs, supporting resolutions up to 1920 x 1440 pixels. Power usage averages 18.2 Watts including an externally connected monitor, the company claims.

The Cxx systems have two serial ports, one parallel port, four USB 2.0 ports, two PS/2 ports, plus wireless networking and smart card reader options. They measure 9.01 x 8.89 x 1.96 inches (229 x 226 x 50mm), according to VXL.

Both thin clients run the same Linux GIO2 distro as the TC1536, but whereas the C35 offers the same list of software clients, including Citrix ICA 11.xx, RDP, SAP, NX, Quest Access, VMware View, VNC, and Leostream, the C32 supports only Citrix ICA 11.xx, RDP, VMware View, VNC, and Leostream. Additional specifications may be found on the company's website, here.

Itona D35S and D51S

The Dxxs models (right) use 1.6GHz C7 CPUs but move to Via's VX800, gaining better multimedia performance and a faster front side bus. The D35S is equipped with 512MB of RAM and 512MB of flash, while the D51S doubles the fun with 1GB of RAM and 1GB of flash.

Both of these Linux-ready models feature two serial ports with an optional third, four USB 2.0 ports, two PS/2 ports, VGA and DVI video outputs (up to 1920 x 1200 pixels), plus optional wireless networking and smartcard readers.

According to VXL, the Dxxs devices have an average power consumption of just 10.3 Watts and measure 9.01 x 8.89 x 1.96 inches (229 x 226 x 50mm). Like the previous models, the D35S runs the Linux GIO2 distro, and it offers the same software clients as the C35 and C35S.

The D51S, however, moves to Novell's SUSE Linux, and offers a slightly different software collection, including a different list of software clients that omits the SAP and Leostream clients. The D51S clients are said to include Citrix ICA 11.xx, RDP, NX, Quest Access, VMware View, and VNC. More information may be found on the company's website, here.

Itona E35S

Finally, the Exxs devices retain the C7/VX800 internals and physical dimensions of the Dxxs series, but they permit internal PCI or PCI Express expansion via an optional riser card, says VXL.

The Linux-ready E35s (pictured at left) offers 512MB of RAM and 512MB of flash storage.

Apart from gigabit Ethernet ports, the E35S also includes one serial port, four USB 2.0 ports, one PS/2 port, VGA and DVI-I video outputs, plus microphone inputs and line outputs, the company adds.

The E35S D35S uses the Linux GIO2 distro, and it offers the same software clients as the C35, C35S, and D35S. More information on the Exxs devices may be found on VXL's website, here.

Availability

VXL did not release pricing or availability information for its new thin clients, but all appear to be available now. For more information on VXL's new Windows versions of the three thin client families covered here, as well as coverage of VXL's entry-level TC1440 thin client, please see our sister publication, WindowsForDevices, here.


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