Wyse Technology has made available a thin client built around an ARM-based system-on-a-chip (SoC), intended to cut costs while delivering better security in environments based on virtual desktop infrastructure.
Available immediately, the Wyse T10 client is based on a 1GHz Marvell Armada PXA 510 SoC with integrated GPU, enabling the device to support high-end features such as HD video and dual monitor connectivity, which have not previously been available in such a compact, energy-efficient client, according to Wyse.
ARM chips used to be a common feature of thin clients, until the demands of web-based applications caused vendors such as Wyse to switch largely to x86 chips.
However, with the increasing power of SoCs with built-in graphics acceleration, it appears ARM chips are back in vogue, thanks to their greater power efficiency.
Designed to serve as the endpoint for user access to virtual desktops, the T10 is based on Wyse's proprietary ThinOS platform and includes optimised versions of Citrix's Receiver and Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) 7.1, as well as clients for VMware View and Quest's vWorkspace broker.
Because ThinOS is a dedicated thin client platform, Wyse claims there is no attack surface for malware and hackers to target, and that this also reduces management and overall cost.
The Wyse T10 feature a gigabit Ethernet port, with an optional 802.11b/g Wi-Fi adapter for wireless connectivity to the virtual desktop infrastructure.
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