HP ups performance, 3D graphics in t820 thin client

Hewlett-Packard claims its latest thin client packs eight times more power, has 30 per cent better 3D graphics capability and is able to support more displays than previous thin client machines from the company.

HP launched this week, its t820 Flexible Series of thin clients aimed at users in environments such as the financial industry, government and defense industry, engineering and architectural firms.

The t820 is planned for worldwide release this November.

“Thin clients have been around for years and so they are very visible in the enterprise,” according to Jeff Groudan, global marketing director for HP. “However, there remains a gap at the top of the end user space where holdovers from previous thin client technologies are being used when more reliable and powerful machines are needed.”

There’s a growing demand in today’s workspace for thin clients that offer quad-core processing and multimedia graphics capability and the t820 line are the machines that can do the job, he said.

“The t820 is eight times more powerful than our current thin clients and its 3D graphics capability was improved by 30 per cent,” said Groudan. “In some applications it can support up to seven displays which is ideal for many financial traders.”

The line is equipped with Intel Core i5 or Intel Pentium processors that enable the thin clients to control large amounts of data and multiple applications at once.

One the security side, the t820 uses fibre optic networking Intel vPro technology configured to National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards and employs Trusted Platform Module chipset technology which determines the credentials of users and devices. A preboot authentication and connection system allows users in private industries to securely log on to their protected network.


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Built-in VGA video port and DisplayPort 1.2 provide additional ports that allow organizations to connect their existing monitors while providing flexibility and compatibility for newer monitors that may be purchased in the future.

The t820 supports three large monitors out of the box, with its AMD Radeon HD 7650A MXM graphics card. Equipped with optional multistream DisplayPort hubs, it can support seven high definition monitors.

HP’s Velocity network performance management software enables the t820 to automatically adapt to changing network conditions.

HP is also set to release this November, the HP WS460c Gen8 Graphics Server Blade. The product comes with the new Nvidia GRID graphics card designed for virtualized environments. HP said the product is the industry’s first blade technology that enables multiple virtualized graphics user per blade.

Prices for the WS460c start at $9,000.

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