VXL Announces RemoteFX Thin Clients

VXL announced an extensive lineup of thin clients featuring Windows Embedded Standard 7 and Microsoft's RemoteFX technology

Desktop devices include the TC1527, C24 and C24s, D24s, E24s, and TC6324, while Lenovo co-branded notebooks include the 11.6" TL120-24 and 14.1" TL412-24, according to the company.
VXL's thin clients adopt Microsoft's Windows Embedded Standard 7, Service Pack 1, which was finalized last month. A key feature here is RemoteFX, a set of enhancements -- most prominently graphics virtualization and the use of advanced codecs -- that has been added to RDP (remote desktop protocol).

The TC1527, C24, and C24s

As for VXL's new thin clients, they're basically the same as the many models announced last May, with a few changes that reflect the requirements of Windows Embedded Standard 7. For example, the TC1527 (right) uses Via's C7-M (clocked at 1GHz) and VX855 companion chip, and has been upgraded to include 2GB of RAM and 4GB of flash storage.

Like VXL's earlier TC15xx devices, it has a DVI-I video output, five USB 2.0 ports, a gigabit Ethernet port, and mic and line jacks. The device has "low" power consumption, though we didn't see a figure mentioned, and measures 7.48 x 5.59 x 1.43 inches (190 x 142 x 36.5mm). Further specifications may be found on the TC1527 product page.

The C24 (left) uses a 1GHz C7 processor and CN896 companion chip, giving it dual-display support and graphics acceleration. Both DVI-I and VGA video outputs are provided, supporting resolutions up to 1920 x 1440 pixels, and power usage averages 18.2 Watts including an externally connected monitor, VXL adds.

According to VXL, the C24 again has 2GB of RAM and 4GB of flash storage. It offers two serial ports, one parallel port, four USB 2.0 ports, two PS/2 ports, plus wireless networking and smart card reader options.

VXL says the C24 measures 9.01 x 8.89 x 1.96 inches (229 x 226 x 50mm). Additional specifications may be found on the C24 product page.

VXL's C24s is similar to the C24, except that it gets a clock speed bump to 1.6GHz. Further information may be found on the C24s product page.

D24s, E24s, and TC6324

VXL's D24s (right) also uses a 1.6GHz C7 CPU, but it moves to Via's VX800 companion chip, gaining better multimedia performance and a faster front side bus. According to VXL, it offers two serial ports with an optional third, four USB 2.0 ports, two PS/2 ports, VGA and DVI video outputs (up to 1920 x 1200 pixels), plus optional wireless networking and smartcard readers.

Again, the D24s has 2GB of RAM and 4GB of flash storage. Measuring 9.01 x 8.89 x 1.96 inches (229 x 226 x 50mm), the thin client has an average power consumption of just 10.3 Watts. More information may be found on the D24S product page.

Pictured at left, VXL's E24s retains the C7/VX800 internals and physical dimensions of the D24s series, but it permits internal PCI or PCI Express expansion via an optional riser card. Apart from gigabit Ethernet ports, the device includes one serial port, four USB 2.0 ports, one PS/2 port, VGA and DVI-I video outputs, plus microphone inputs and line outputs, according to VXL.

Yet again, the E24s model gets an upgrade to 2GB of RAM and 4GB of flash storage. Further specifications may be found on the E24s product page.

The final new desktop thin client is the TC6324 pictured at right, which gets a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor along with the expected 2GB of RAM and 4GB of flash storage. Measuring 10.55 x 9.84 x 1.96 inches, the device includes six USB 2.0 ports, two PS/2 ports, a serial port, a parallel port, gigabit Ethernet, and a VGA output, according to VXL.

It's said the TC6324 has an average power consumption of 22.3 Watts and may be used in temperatures ranging from 32 to 104 deg. F. Further specifications may be found on the TC6324 product page.

TL120-24 and TL412-24 portable thin clients

VXL's portable thin clients were designed in conjunction with Lenovo. They're upgrades of systems that were first announced last July with either Windows XP Embedded or Windows Embedded Standard on board. Here, the devices include Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 and, no doubt, get memory upgrades too (in this case, the company hasn't posted updated specs).

VXL's original 11.6-inch portable was the TL100 pictured below, based on Lenovo's ThinkPad X100e and featuring an AMD Athlon MV-40 processor. From the new TL-120-24 moniker, we're guessing the device has now been upgraded to the ThinkPad X120e base, meaning a switch to AMD's 1.6GHz E-350 CPU.

VXL Itona TL100

Though it looks the same as the earlier ThinkPad X100e, the X120e has an HDMI video port, and it's promoted by Lenovo as providing 65 percent better graphics performance and up to 6.5 hours' battery life. We presume these benefits are carried over to VXL's TL-120-24, which will again feature flash storage rather than a hard disk drive.

Like the ThinkPad X120e, the TL-120-24 should also include: a gigabit Ethernet port, three USB 2.0 ports, a microphone input, headphone output, a webcam, a "4-in-1" memory card reader and 802.11b/g/n wireless networking. Updated product specifications should become available on VXL's notebooks products page.

VXL Itona TL412-24

Finally, VXL's larger Itona TL412-24 (above) is, we'd venture to say, a variant of Lenovo's previously released ThinkPad SL410. It has a 14.1-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, a dual-core, 1.8GHz Intel Celeron P4500 processor, and two memory slots that accept up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, says VXL.

According to VXL, the TL412 has an ExpressCard slot, a bay that can accept an available optical disk drive, and a port for an optional Lenovo docking station. Standard connections include gigabit Ethernet, VGA, and 802.11b/g/n wireless networking, the company says.

Multimedia-centric features are said to include an IEEE 1394 port, stereo speakers, a microphone input, a headphone output, and even a S/PDIF digital optical output. VXL neglects to mention the webcam (two megapixel in this case) that was cited by Lenovo for the underlying ThinkPad SL410.

The Itona TL412 was originally said to include 1GB of RAM and 1GB of flash, but again, we're guessing that the Windows Embedded Standard SP1 configuration has been beefed up to 2GB and 4GB, respectively. Updated product specifications should become available on VXL's notebooks products page.


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