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PMC Sierra’s Open Source Network Computing Initiative

October 15th, 2004 · No Comments

PMC-Sierra press release:

PMC-Sierra, Inc. announced its Open Source Network Computing (NC) initiative to enable rapid commercialization of low power thin client solutions for education, enterprise, self-service kiosks, retail displays, Internet cafes, and advanced video-on-demand. PMC-Sierra’s open source NC solution, the PMC Xiao Hu(TM) (pronounced ‘Sha hu’, meaning “Little Tiger”), is a commercially available single board thin client solution co-developed with China’s Tsinghua University, MIPS Technologies, Inc., and ATI Technologies, Inc. The combination of the PMC Xiao Hu board with Linux software and MIPS-Powered(TM) processor achieves significant reduction in power and costs compared to the traditional desktop PC approach:

— 90% reduction in power
— 70% reduction in IT administration costs
— 50% reduction in hardware costs

The PMC Xiao Hu solution is an ideal computing platform for classrooms, Internet cafes, smart terminals, point-of-sales terminals, video kiosks, security cameras, and robotics.

The PMC Xiao Hu is a Development Kit containing a working prototype of an open source network computing system along with fully documented hardware and software reference designs. The hardware reference design comprises schematics and PCB layout; the software reference design has build instructions for a boot loader, Linux kernel and thin client protocol applications (see Figure 2). The PMC Xiao Hu Development Kit is available now and priced at $199 per kit.

Interesting. Could make a good platform for $50 network computers.

Tags: Thin Client-Thick Server

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