Display firm Viewsonic has introduced a new line-up of thin client products, including one using the Raspberry Pi 3 as a hardware platform.
Viewsonic is best known for its monitors and projectors, but the firm manufactures products such as smart displays, with an embedded processor, and thin client devices designed to provide access to remotely-running virtual desktops and applications.
The latest range includes the SC-T25, a model built on the latest Raspberry Pi 3 hardware combined with a Viewsonic software stack, which is available now for just £79. This makes it one of the cheapest thin clients on the market.
"By bringing the SC-T25 to market, Viewsonic is offering one of the industry's lowest cost-per-seat solutions for businesses and enterprises that have not been able to fully implement their VDI deployment," said Brian Wei, Viewsonic's product manager for Europe.
"This thin client allows users to access the benefits of a VDI-based system, providing an extremely cost-effective solution that benefits everyone from everyday knowledge workers to power users."
The Raspberry Pi 3 was launched in February and delivered a significant boost in processing power for the popular single-board computer. This was down to a new Broadcom BCM2837 system-on-a-chip that features four 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.2GHz.
A slight redesign of the board also allowed the Raspberry Pi 3 to have integrated wireless capability for the first time, adding 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4 support to the existing Ethernet port.
This increase in specifications makes the Raspberry Pi 3 a much more capable device, while the low cost has inevitably made it an attractive proposition for devices such as thin clients.
The SC-T25 ships with Viewsonic Thin OS, a secure Linux build designed specifically for thin client applications which is optimised for Citrix HDX, a suite of protocols for accessing graphics-intensive applications running in a Citrix XenDesktop environment.
Viewsonic includes the firm's Viewsonic Device Manager 3.0 software designed to enable simple administration tasks such as provisioning and updating thin client devices across a network.
Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton hailed the use of the Raspberry Pi to create the SC-T25 thin client.
"Citrix's reputation of enhancing data security, simplifying IT management, and delivering a great user experience will help demolish barriers to cost-effective, high-performance computing, making VDI accessible to a whole generation of first-time users, which is exactly what Raspberry Pi is striving to achieve," he said in a statement.
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