Thursday, 25 October 2007

World's lowest cost Linux thin client?

Bangkok-based Norhtec has unveiled a sub-$85 mini-PC claimed to be the most affordable Linux thin client system to date. The "ultra-low-power" MicroClient JrSX is based on a 300MHz x86-compatible SoC (system-on-chip) and includes both CompactFlash and 2.5-inch hard drive storage options, along with 10/100Mbps Ethernet networking.
Like all of Norhtec's MicroClients, the JrSX is passively cooled and designed to handle high temperatures and humidity. Intended as a low-cost 32-bit embedded x86 platform for linking peripherals to the Internet, the system is ideal, according to Norhtec, for integrating security, access control, and other sensor systems. It can run any Linux distribution compiled to support floating point emulation, the company claims.

Norhtec's sub-$85 Linux box targets embedded and thin client applications

The JrSX ships with 128MB of DDR RAM, three USB 2.0 slots, one Type I/II CompactFlash slot, and a 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN port. Options include dual RS232 ports, mini-PCI, WiFi, 24-bit GPIO (general purpose I/O lines), a 2.5-inch hard drive, and battery backup.

Measuring just 4.5 x 4.5 x 1.4 inches (115 x 115 x 35 mm), the JrSX weighs in at a light 18 ounces (505 gm). For convenience in pairing it up with a flat-panel monitor, the system provides VESA-compliant mounting holes, enabling it to be attached directly to the rear of VESA flat panels.

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