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Sep 11 2007   10:06AM GMT

Thin client technology advances with multimedia support

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Thin client computing, known as the ability to use use a thin client device to run the RDP or ICA protocols in order to connect to a remote computer, is forging its way back into the enterprise.

A key advancement in the thin client technology is the new ability for the thin client device to process multimedia content locally on the thin client device, said Ken Hertzler, Director of NEC Corp.’s Virtual PC Center. “With the multimedia support, more general purpose PC users can now use a virtual PC with almost the same function and speed as a traditional PC.”

The thin client also offers a ‘green’ solution — “nearly 60% less energy than traditional PCs” and “better enterprise PC data protection,” Hertzler said.

NEC yesterday announced the release of NEC US110 at VMworld 2007. The US110, a Windows CE thin client solution slated to ship in Q4 of 2007, builds on NEC’s Virtual PC Center solution and supports new multimedia formats such as Microsoft WMV/WMA and Adobe Flash, as well as RSA SecureID VPN connections.

“We have co-developed with Server Engines, the new NetClient processor for thin client devices. This device is capable of processing multimedia at the thin client device,” Hertzler said.

NEC uses the thin client to take advantage of virtualization with its Sigma System Center (SSC) management software. SSC makes virtualizing PC sessions, installing updates and performing backups easier, according to Hertzler.

The US110 is available for $449, but the price drops to $349 when purchased with NEC Virtual PC Servers. Virtual PC Server Plus, another newly released product that offers more memory per user, retails for $22,900.

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