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Thin Clients

When using Desktop and Application Virtualisation, you do not need local hard discs or fast processors in your clients. You can avoid having moving parts which generate noise, heat and are unreliable. Thin-clients are small, quiet and extremely robust. They can be completely remotely managed meaning that there is no client configuration at all. They can be simply plug and play.

ThinIT TCX, AtomIQx1, AtomIQx2 and TCM ThinPad

Setting the standard for thin-clients

After a period of distributing other makes of thin-clients, we decided to bring product support and development back in house and in September 2005 we launched our next-generation thin-client - ThinIT TCX. A mobile version - ThinIT TCM - was launched in January 2006. A tiny 7" subnotebook version - ThinIT TCMu - was launched in January 2008 and an updated 9" version in January 2009. In July 2009, the ThinIT TCM ThinPad was released, superceding all previous mobile models including the TCMu. In January 2010, the AtomIQ was released offering even higher performance and the ability to be provisioned using Citrix Provisioning Services.

In May 2012, the 64-bit AtomIQx2 was launched which offered double the CPU, double the RAM, double the video outputs and double the network ports compared to the original AtomIQ. The AtomIQx2 is optimised for use with Citrix Provisioning Services (rather than ThinIT) as it includes a 16GB NTFS-formatted SSD as a high-performance local writecache. In August 2014, the AtomIQx1 was launched to partner the AtomIQx2. At a new low price, it offers the same superlative processing power and memory, but has a single video output.

ThinIT TCX, AtomIQ and TCM ThinPad clients offer high-performance at low cost with unrivalled reliability and ease of management. With no moving parts, they are silent and cool in operation. They can be security-locked using the integrated Kensington security slot (extra cable required). We also offer a custom-made colour-matched security cage which will allow desktop or wall mounting.

The ThinIT TCX and AtomIQ models are tiny clients in a tower case. They are significantly smaller in size than a standard PC. It connects to a standard keyboard, mouse and monitor. The ThinIT TCM ThinPad is a small form-factor mobile thin-client laptop. It has standard laptop features, such as high-resolution widescreen TFT screen, in-built keyboard and trackpad. It also includes wireless networking supporting speeds up to 54Mbps.

Products

As their names imply, the new ThinIT clients runs our successful ThinIT software. Many other thin-client manufacturers buy in system software for their thin-clients (e.g. Windows embedded or pre-configured Linux). This means that they have little control over the software and hence can only offer limited support and features.

By using ThinIT on our clients (which is developed in-house) we can offer ground-breaking new features and fantastic support (as we do for our other products such as NetManager). It also means that all the management tools used to manage an existing ThinIT installation can be used to manage the new clients. In the unlikely event that a client is faulty, it can be swapped immediately with no data loss.

Click here for the brochure as a PDF

Compared to a standard PC,
the ThinIT clients offer:
Compared to other thin-clients,
the ThinIT TCX offers:
Compared to other thin-clients,
the ThinIT TCM ThinPad offers:
  • Increased security
  • Massively reduced management time
  • Low cost
  • Smaller footprint meaning more space on desk
  • Lower power consumption
  • Reduced heat
  • Silent running
  • Plug-and-play installation
  • Escape from obsolescence
  • Completely virus-free
  • Can be switched off without shutting down
  • Higher performance
  • Latest software
  • Low cost
  • Smaller footprint meaning more space on desk
  • Plug-and-play installation
  • Modular build meaning feature-set can be custom built
  • Integrated multimedia architecture
  • Desktop security cage and VESA mount options
  • Complete desktop replacement:
    Make and receive phone calls, watch live TV and video-conference
    (extra hardware and/or network servers required)
  • Higher performance
  • Latest software
  • Self-contained package
  • Integrated keyboard
  • Both 54Mpbs wireless networking and wired Ethernet
  • Inbuilt TFT screen
  • Plug-and-play installation
  • Modular build meaning feature-set can be custom built
  • Integrated multimedia architecture
  • Complete desktop replacement:
    Make and receive phone calls, watch live TV and video-conference
    (extra hardware and/or network servers required)

TCX and ThinPad TCM clients support USB digital cameras and pen-drives without having to install drivers. All models support external floppy drives. External USB CD-ROM and DVD-ROM drives are also supported.

TCX and ThinPad TCM clients will also support: full-screen video streaming (and video-on-demand), USB imaging (webcams, microscopes), interactive whiteboards, Voice-over-IP (VoIP), etc. These ground-breaking multimedia features set the TCX and TCM ThinPad apart from other thin-clients on the market.

Technical specifications

Please see the ThinIT specifications for full details of supported protocols and features available.
= Optional
= Included
TCX gen 5TCM ThinPad gen 2AtomIQx1AtomIQx2
Price£ 179£ 199 (6-cell)
£ 229 (9-cell)
£ 199£ 239
ProcessorVIA C7, 1GHz, FSB 400MHz, 128KB L2 cacheVIA C7-M, fanless 1.2GHz, 128KB L2 CacheIntel Atom 1.8GHz, dual-core hyperthreadedIntel Atom 1.8GHz, dual-core hyperthreaded
GraphicsVIA CLE266VIA Chrome9Intel integratedIntel integrated
Memory (Standard)512 MB DDR5331024 MB DDR5334096 MB4096 MB
Memory (Maximum)1024 MB1024 MB4096 MB4096 MB
Flash memory for ThinIT128 MB1 GB
ThinIT ready
SSD for Provisioning write-cache16GB16GB
Provisioning vDisks availablen/an/aWindows 7 Pro SP1 (64-bit)
Windows 8.1 Ent (64-bit)
Windows 10 Ent (64-bit)
Windows 7 Pro SP1 (64-bit)
Windows 8.1 Ent (64-bit)
Windows 10 Ent (64-bit)
Serial ports1012
Parallel ports1010
USB ports6 (2 front, 4 rear)3 (right-side)6 (2 front, 4 rear)6 (2 front, 4 rear)
PS2 keyboard/mouse
USB keyboard/mouse
CD/DVDExternal optionExternal optionExternal optionExternal option
FloppyExternal optionExternal optionExternal optionExternal option
Video outputsVGA12" LCD + VGAVGAVGA + DVI
(dual display)
Maximum resolution1600x1200 (4:3)
1920x1080 (16:9)
1280x800 (12" wide-screen TFT)1600x1200 (4:3)
1920x1080 (16:9)
1600x1200 or 1920x1080 (VGA)
1024x768 (DVI)
Colour depth8/16/24 bit8/16/24 bit8/16/24 bit8/16/24 bit
ColourBlack/silverDark greyBlackBlack/silver
Line/headphone out
Microphone port
HousingPlastic/MetalPlastic/MetalPlastic/MetalPlastic/Metal
Standard Warranty1 year RTB1 year RTB1 year RTB1 year RTB
Enhanced Warranty (3 year collect and return)
Custom desk/wall mounting security bracket
Custom VESA TFT mount
Kensington security slot
Security cable
Screw-on foot
Form factorMicro-towerLaptopMicro-towerMicro-tower
Size (W x H x D mm)45 x 200 x 204297 x 34 x 21045 x 200 x 20445 x 200 x 204
Weight (kg)1.661.851.341.34
Power supplyExternalExternal/BatteryExternalExternal
Battery lifen/a4 hours (6-cell Li-Ion)
6 hours (9-cell Li-Ion)
n/an/a
Onboard LAN1x 10/100 Ethernet1x 10/100 Ethernet1x Gigabit Ethernet2x Gigabit Ethernet
Onboard WLAN802.11b/g Wireless
WakeOnLAN

University of Cambridge

Stan Finney, Faculty of Architecture &, History of Art comments:

"Just wanted to give you an update on the roll-out of the TCX clients. Just before I went on holiday, I managed to install 8 machines in the Library (replacing an eclectic mix of old clone PCs and Macs). Taking advantage of ThinIT's flexible session chooser, I've configured a very simple front-end menu for users either:

  1. a "specified user" for a Library-terminal session with reduced software
  2. On entering a valid username and password as a full blown Citrix user with access to all of the applications and the full range of plotters and printers.

We are very happy because:

  1. updated and consistent look and feel to ALL terminals
  2. noiseless
  3. easier to switch on/off
  4. simple/easy access for USB memory stick users
  5. much more responsive

I've also been able to point out that the machines use much less power and generate much less heat."

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