Intel's investment in Network Computing Devices came to fruition last week as NCD launched a thin client device based on Intel's Lean Client initiative.
The NCD ThinSTAR 300 is a series of Windows-based terminals running Windows CE and supporting both Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol and Citrix's Independent Computing Architecture.
In March this year, Intel took a 4.4% stake in NCD, despite the company's failure to make profits in the first half of this year, and announced that the companies would work together on the Lean Client guidelines.
The ThinSTAR 3000 series will consist of several Windows-based terminal models, all including 133MHz Pentium chips and features such as a Universal Serial Bus, multiple peripherals connectivity, 10/100Mb Ethernet connectivity and build in 16-bit audio.
NCD also collaborated with Microsoft to produce the Windows-CE based ThinSTAR Operating Software that comes pre-loaded with every NCD ThinSTAR 300 model. The series also incorporates a subset of Intel's Wired for Management technologies.
The ThinSTAR 3000 series is initially aimed at vertical markets, according to John de Santis, vice president of European Operation at NCD. "(These devices) will appeal to industries such as retail and banking where low-cost, high performance access to Windows and legacy applications is combined with industry specific peripheral connectivity," he said.
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