HP has added new mobile and desktop models to its range of thin client devices.

HP has fleshed out its thin client family with the addition of new mobile and desktop units.

The HP mt41 Mobile Thin Client (pictured) is designed for markets such as education and healthcare which require the manageability of virtualised desktops and the security of keeping all information within the data centre.

As it resembles a conventional lightweight notebook with a 14in display, the mt41 is also useful for 'corridor cowboys' and employees that regularly or occasionally work from home.

"We're seeing a growing trend in the number of workers who regularly travel and work off-campus, but still require secure access to data,î said HP Australia's market development manager for thin client solutions Craig Allen,.

"The HP mt41 is ideal for a mobile workforce because its lightweight, enterprise-level durable design allows employees to work both securely and efficiently, while enduring the rigours of the road."

Features of the 2.17kg device include a dual-core AMD processor and TPM chipset, 3G and 4G wireless connectivity, HP Velocity network performance management software to optimise communication regardless of the type of connection, HP Device Manager for remote management and reimaging, and Windows Embedded Standard 7 E.

Allen described it as "a pretty powerful workhorse, [but] not for everybody."

The mt41 is scheduled for local availability in November. Pricing is 'on request.'

HP also announced a new desktop thin client and an updated server blade aimed at virtualised desktop applications - see page 2.

HP also announced the t820 desktop thin client - "HP's highest performance thin client," according to HP's South Pacific personal systems category business manager Paul Gracey, along with enhanced display capabilities to suit users in areas such as financial trading, architecture and engineering.

With an Intel Core i5 or Intel Pentium processor, the t820 is eight times faster than the t610 model.

Other features include fibre-optic networking, Intel vPro technology, and TPM.

Three larges monitors can be attached in the standard configuration, and up to seven with the addition of an AMD Radeon HD 7650A MXM graphics card and optional multistream DisplayPort hubs. A VGA port is included to allow the use of legacy displays.

Like the mt41, the t820 includes \HP Velocity network performance management software.

It is VMware Horizon View certified and RFX certified for Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7 E.

The t820 is scheduled to ship locally in mid-November, with prices starting at $1170.42.

In related news, HP announced an update to its WS460c Gen8 Graphics Server Blade with new Nvidia GRID graphics cards allowing multiple media-rich PC or high-end graphics users per blade by providing graphics capability to each virtual machine.

Pricing and availability of the WS460c has yet to be announced.


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