Wyse has launched what it claims is the industry?s first water cooled thin client device.
The Winterm 3350SE Windows CE based terminal has a 200MHz Media GX processor from Cyrix and is priced at around $749.
The terminal, which runs around three times faster than previous thin clients, is able to support multimedia technologies such as video on demand and IP multicasting for computer based training as they become available.
Wyse said that the new sealed liquid cooled design means the system is suitable for use in hot or hostile environments such as hospitals or manufacturing environments.
Jeff McNaught, senior director and general manager at Wyse commented: ?We?re jump starting 1999 with a new model Winterm Windows based terminal that is three times faster than any we?ve tested and adds the key element of multimedia performance to deliver advanced computer based training applications previously unattainable with low cost thin client technology."
"Multimedia is the next wave of thin client computing and Wyse is offering built in buyer protection by designing a thin client that can meet future needs,? he added.
Despite doubts over the likelihood of widespread thin client adoption, Eileen O?Brien, thin clients program director at research analysts IDC said the market is still growing.
?Our research indicates that the number of corporate enterprises deploying thin clients continues to grow at a steady rate,? she said. ?Multimedia performance will enable this growing number of organisations to add features to their enterprise as more multimedia functions are supported by Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Terminal Server Edition and the Citrix Metaframe and Winframe offerings,? she added.
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