When we think of SoCs, we generally think of embedded systems, but these barriers and distinctions are breaking down. Desktop computing now contains multiple cores and it was only a matter of time before they became heterogeneous. Today I find out that this has been taken a stage further. NComputing has announced a new virtual desktop device, the M300. The M300 delivers a 3-in-1 device that provides a PC experience to 3 users simultaneously at 1/3rd the cost, using 1/3rd the power and 1/3rd the networking ports compared to PCs and other thin clients. So what makes this different and new? Well – this is an example of an SoC designed for the desktop market!
The M300 3-in-1 thin-client shows advancements in 3 separate areas:
- In Silicon: The 2nd-generation Numo™ 2 System-on-Chip (SoC) delivers the performance and user experience like having 3 PCs on a single chip. Within a single chip, the Numo 2 delivers three dedicated graphics, video, and user subsystems across common infrastructure like memory, I/O, and power. This multi-tenant architecture offloads processing from the server and minimizes the infrastructure and power needed to deliver high performance computing.
- In Device Architecture: The M300 thin-client device leverages the Numo 2 SoC to support 3 independent users across a single Ethernet port using a single power plug. The M300 provides full HD-video and high-resolution graphics capabilities, allowing a PC experience in most every work setting.
- In Software: The vSpace Server software supports up to 45 concurrent M300 desktop sessions on a single consumer-class host PC. IT managers can deploy and maintain a Microsoft Windows or Linux-based environment.
The Numo 2 is powered by an ARM9 core, providing processing capability for graphics and HD video. This shows me that not only are new chips only possible for cell phones and other high-volume markets, but can still be successfully deployed for a wide array of products and opportunities. Barriers exist for one reason only – to be torn down, and NComputing is doing just that.Brian Bailey
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