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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