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SoC-enabled N-series delivers industry’s first HDX-capable clients under $100

NComputing has announced its portfolio of high performance thin clients built for Citrix that deliver a high performance HDX™ experience for less than $100 – a fraction of the cost of existing HDX-capable thin clients or PC’s. Powered by the third-generation Numo™ 3 System-on-Chip (SoC), the N-series devices exclusively support Citrix XenDesktop®, Citrix XenApp™ and Citrix VDI-in-a-Box™ deployments with rich multimedia using less than 5 watts of power. Offering full manageability, customer support and a dramatically lower price than alternative endpoints, the new NComputing devices transform the economics of desktop virtualisation, enabling organisations to extend their Citrix desktop virtualisation deployments. Already in test with customers globally, the N400 and N500 are expected to ship in volume during Q2.


Date: 11 May 2012

“Transformation in cloud computing and mobile work styles is happening at an unprecedented pace. By working with partners such as NComputing with its expertise building thin client solutions for virtualised environments, we are helping enterprises rapidly expand desktop virtualisation deployments with new very low-cost devices that deliver a superior high-definition HDX experience for users. NComputing’s new thin client line will give our customers a low-cost, high-performance thin client for their virtual desktop environments,” said Sumit Dhawan, group vice president and general manager, Receiver and Gateways group at Citrix.

The two thin clients, the N400 and N500, were architected for specific classes of users. The N400 is primarily aimed at task workers and provides video resolution up to 1920x1080 with on-board graphics acceleration, 10/100 Ethernet connectivity, and a rich HD multimedia experience with 720p server-side video rendering. The more powerful N500, targeted at knowledge workers and those with higher-end applications, adds enhanced multimedia with full HD 1080p client-side rendering, 10/100/1000 Ethernet connectivity, and options for dual monitor and Wi-Fi connectivity. Both devices support smart card readers and other USB 2.0 peripherals. In addition, all devices are managed with the new NComputing vSpace Management Center, allowing an IT organisation to easily deploy, operate, and manage thousands of devices across a distributed organisation.

“Centralised virtual desktop technology, also referred to as VDI, continues to gain traction in the enterprise, but limitations of the delivery infrastructure has been one factor that has helped inhibit growth - especially when rich media applications are a requirement,” said Al Gillen, program vice president, System Software, at IDC. “With NComputing embedding HDX support directly into its SoC-designs, thin client customers now have an attractive, high-performance alternative for their end point computing device. This technology helps remove one of the choke points holding back larger VDI deployments."

Both N-series devices incorporate NComputing’s own third-generation Numo™ 3 System-on-Chip based on an ARM A9 Dual Core that delivers extremely high performance. With these NComputing performance innovations in silicon, the N400 and N500 thin clients are highly energy efficient, require no internal fans or heat sinks, and are built for extremely high reliability. Using the vSpace Management Center, customers can update either firmware or device profiles from a central operations center. With either the hardware acceleration built into the N400 or the full client-side rendering of the N500, customers can count on an amazing HDX experience equivalent to that in a high-end desktop PC.

“While VDI has proven itself to be of great value to enterprises when it comes to centralising and virtualising infrastructure, customers are desperately looking for ways to lower the cost associated with this form of computing in order to justify and then expand their deployments,” said Mike Strohl, CEO of Entisys/Agile360. “In our view, NComputing is completely disrupting those economics, and we are excited to be able to deliver new economies of scale and capabilities to our clients by adding the high performance and lower cost NComputing to our portfolio.”

The NComputing offerings are purpose-built to support all three Citrix desktop virtualisation solutions – XenDesktop, XenApp, and VDI-in-a-Box – and any deployment model – whether 1-1 VDI or other shared computing models. With deep technical expertise in SoC design and Linux software development, NComputing is delivering a high-performance HDX experience in an extremely efficient and highly reliable form factor. The N400 and N500 with the Numo SoC take the best aspects of thin clients, embed critical functionality into a silicon-based solution, and enable prices as little as one-third those of current endpoints. The N-series thin clients provide the breakthroughs needed in cost and performance for customers to be able to extend and accelerate their desktop virtualisation deployments.

“Until today, the Enterprise thin client market has been devoid of real innovation for many years,” said Raj Dhingra, CEO of NComputing. “We’re excited to bring HDX on the Numo™ 3 system-on-chip to the Enterprise, leveraging silicon already proven in volume. Citrix customers and partners can finally enjoy benefits of a world-class thin client device at a dramatically lower cost – with no compromise in the HDX experience.”


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