It’s always a great day when we can talk about our successful technology partnerships in the thin client space, and today is a great day! I’m happy to report that the AMD G-Series SoC has just been incorporated into the latest thin client designs from Hewlett-Packard, the mt245 and t420. The thin clients make use of dual- and quad-core AMD System-on-Chip (SoC) parts that couple high performance compute and graphics capability in a highly integrated low power design. The SoCs improve data transfer rates and save space on the motherboard, which makes them a perfect fit for the compact form factors required by thin clients.

 

These wins build on the strong momentum we’ve seen for thin clients, offering another example of our leadership and number one share in a market that continues to grow, becoming more and more prevalent in commercial installations around the world.  

 

Thin clients offer many advantages to companies needing robust, energy efficient functionality with a small footprint. The units are well suited to a variety of industries including education, healthcare, large enterprise and call centers. They are also ideal for task workers and for industrial applications in rugged environments. By depending on a remote server for computation, thin clients are also very good for remote workers who need full PC capabilities.

 

The AMD G-Series SoCs are part of the Embedded G-Series of high-performance, low-power parts built to handle embedded applications. The processors combine graphics computing engines with x86-based central processing cores in the same accelerated processing unit (APU) design. They provide advanced levels of power efficient graphics and compute capabilities in the market.

 

AMD provides thin client solution designers the flexibility to create scalable, low-cost and power efficient x86 based products, while integrating a rich mix of IO into their systems without compromising performance, software compatibility, or features. “The AMD G-Series SoC provides HP thin clients with enhanced security, value and unmatched performance," said Jeff Groudan, worldwide director of HP's Thin Client product management team.

 

AMD thin client solutions are gaining more attention today with the move to cloud-based computing. Increasingly, thin clients are being used for more complex and higher performance tasks. This is especially true for devices incorporating x86 CPUs and sophisticated graphics. The surge of innovation in the desktop virtualization market has created new opportunities for powerful thin clients. Leveraging technologies such as multimedia redirection to take advantage of the hardware accelerators in the AMD G-Series SoCs, thin clients are now capable of executing demanding tasks including computer-aided design and 3D modeling. Other technologies now being deployed in thin clients, such as Power-over-Ethernet, also create new opportunities supporting a less cluttered, more space efficient deployment model.

 

I expect these trends will continue for the foreseeable future as demand grows for higher graphics and compute needs coupled with requirements for lower total cost of ownership and reduced energy consumption. The future is bright for AMD-based thin clients.

 

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