Igel announced a new all-in-one thin client that runs Linux. The UD9 includes a 21.5-inch display, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, plus an optional touchscreen, wireless networking, and a smart card reader, the company says.
According to Igel, its new UD9 employs an unspecified Atom processor clocked at 1.6GHz, running either Linux or Windows Embedded Standard. The amount of random access memory and storage was not specified, but the device is said to have a 21.5-inch display with optional touchscreen capabilities, while wireless networking and a smart card reader are also available.
Igel says the thin client's "Advanced Pack" firmware allows it to connect to almost any application or peripheral. It includes support for Microsoft's RDP (remote desktop protocol), Citrix's ICA (independent computing architecture), Adobe's Flash, NoMachine NX, and a native SAP GUI, according to the company. The device is also claimed to be compatible with VMWare View and Leostream VDI.
As the right-hand photo below shows, the UD9 has an Ethernet port, four USB 2.0 ports, two serial ports, a parallel port, two PS/2 ports, and a VGA output for an external monitor. The device also appears to have a jack that can supply 12VDC power to an external device, though its purpose was not specified.
Igel's 21-inch UD9
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We were initially confused by today's announcement of the UD9 because Igel released an earlier model with the same name at the beginning of 2009. That model offered the same OS options, but had a 19-inch screen and a 1GHz AMD Sempron 2100+ CPU.
Igel explains that this earlier UD9 incarnation, known as the UD9 720 LX (Linux) and UD9 720 ES (Windows Embedded Standard, was based on Samsung's 930XT thin client, a model that has now been discontinued. Purchasers who still want a 19-inch display may buy Samsung's current model, the TC190, then upgrade it via Igel's available firmware, the company says.
The new, larger UD9, whose manufacturer was not cited, will be known as the UD9 730 LX and UD9 730 ES, the company says. The systems will be available in May, for prices that have yet to be confirmed, Igel adds.
Igel's product page for the UD9 still contains information primarily relating to the discontinued UD9 720 LX and UD 720 ES. Information on the newer UD9 730 LX and UD9 730 ES may eventually be found on the manufacturer's website, here.
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