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The Promwad Innovation Company, the largest developer of electronics in Eastern Europe, has completed the development of a new product for a Russian customer, AK-Systems. The new development is the AK1100 thin client, a compact computer for networks with a client-server architecture, which serves as a point of access to a virtual desktop.
Promwad’s engineers have designed the product’s hardware and software platform, enclosure, and graphic interface. They have also manufactured a device prototype. At the final stage of the project, the AK1100 thin client has been successfully certified and launched into batch production.
This new product for the SOHO market is based on the Marvell 88F6282 processor implemented on the Sheeva kernel (it operates at frequencies of up to 2GHz). DDR2, a total of 1 GB, was used as a memory card. NAND Flash 4GB was used for storing user data. The thin client configuration also includes a graphic core with HD video support and the possibility of connecting an external display with a high resolution (up to 1600x1200x32 @ 60NI).
The development of the device involved the implementation of a wide range of user interfaces: four RS232 USD ports and DVI outputs, 2 x Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi 802.11 b / g / n and Bluetooth. Enhanced protection against information leakages was implemented using java keys, information security system agents, as well as a USB connector for Security Tokens. The software of the AK1100 client was developed for several configuration options: OS ARM Debian 6.0 Linux and a distribution based on OpenEmbedded or Windows Embedded. The software package also includes: Firefox web browser; vlc, mplayer and beepmp media players, as well as Linphone VoIP / SIP-client.
Migration from desktop PCs to thin clients is a popular current trend in companies that make use of high technologies: IT business companies, banking and retail sales, transportation companies, storage facilities, call centers, educational institutions, etc. The virtualization of the operating environment helps significantly reduce hardware costs, enables more efficient power consumption, as well as increases access security and data storage.