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.
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.
|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:
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.Please see the ThinIT specifications for full details of supported protocols and features available.
| = Optional|
|TCX gen 5||TCM ThinPad gen 2||AtomIQx1||AtomIQx2|
|Price||£ 179||£ 199 (6-cell)|
£ 229 (9-cell)
|£ 199||£ 239|
|Processor||VIA C7, 1GHz, FSB 400MHz, 128KB L2 cache||VIA C7-M, fanless 1.2GHz, 128KB L2 Cache||Intel Atom 1.8GHz, dual-core hyperthreaded|
|Graphics||VIA CLE266||VIA Chrome9||Intel integrated|
|Memory (Standard)||512 MB DDR533||1024 MB DDR533||4096 MB|
|Memory (Maximum)||1024 MB||4096 MB|
|Flash memory for ThinIT||128 MB||1 GB|
|SSD for Provisioning write-cache||16GB|
|Provisioning vDisks available||n/a||Windows 7 Pro SP1 (64-bit)|
Windows 8.1 Ent (64-bit)
Windows 10 Ent (64-bit)
|USB ports||6 (2 front, 4 rear)||3 (right-side)||6 (2 front, 4 rear)|
|Video outputs||VGA||12" LCD + VGA||VGA||VGA + DVI|
|Maximum resolution||1600x1200 (4:3)|
|1280x800 (12" wide-screen TFT)||1600x1200 (4:3)|
|1600x1200 or 1920x1080 (VGA)|
|Colour depth||8/16/24 bit|
|Standard Warranty||1 year RTB|
|Enhanced Warranty (3 year collect and return)|
|Custom desk/wall mounting security bracket|
|Custom VESA TFT mount|
|Kensington security slot|
|Size (W x H x D mm)||45 x 200 x 204||297 x 34 x 210||45 x 200 x 204|
|Battery life||n/a||4 hours (6-cell Li-Ion)|
6 hours (9-cell Li-Ion)
|Onboard LAN||1x 10/100 Ethernet||1x Gigabit Ethernet||2x Gigabit Ethernet|
|Onboard WLAN||802.11b/g Wireless|
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:
- a "specified user" for a Library-terminal session with reduced software
- 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:
- updated and consistent look and feel to ALL terminals
- easier to switch on/off
- simple/easy access for USB memory stick users
- much more responsive
I've also been able to point out that the machines use much less power and generate much less heat."