Thin Client

The Intel NUC is your ideal thin client building block

Your Thin Client Solution

Schools, government agencies, large enterprises, and small businesses alike have embraced desktop computing with remote session (i.e. thin-client) capabilities as they seek the following benefits:

  • Low-cost, low-power device
  • Centralized image management
  • Resource sharing/virtualization (VMs)
  • Data security, particularly for sectors such as:
    -Government top secret data
    -Corporate/engineering IP
    -Patient health records
    -Financial data

What Is Thin-Client Computing?

The following table clarifies various categories as they relate to desktop computing.

Station/Usage

Session

OS/storage/processing

Example

Rich-client (Desktop)

Local

Full OS on local storage, processing on local data

PC running desktop OS

Thin-client
(traditional definition)

Local + Remote

Full OS on local storage, processing on remote CPU/OS accessible via the network

Desktop OS launches thin client app to access remote desktop session

Zero-client

Remote

Minimal or no OS on local storage
(full OS/processing on remote server)

Device with embedded OS (or network boot OS) to access remote desktop session

Web thin-client

Web

Browser-focused OS on local storage
(access web pages/apps)

Kiosk or web-only access station

Intel® NUC as a Thin Client Device

Given its small form factor, low power consumption, and high performance at an affordable cost, the Intel® NUC offers tremendous value as a thin-client building block.

The Intel® NUC Kit DE3815TYKHE is the ideal building block for a zero-client or kiosk device, only needing RAM and a minimal (or remote boot) OS. 

  • Fanless, low power consumption
  • 4 GB eMMC storage device onboard (no need for SATA drive)
  • Dual HD display support, with H.264 session hardware acceleration (if supported by OS)
  • VGA and HDMI ports (for compatibility with established monitor installed base)
  • GbE LAN and WiFi-ready (built-in antennas and worldwide certifications for Intel® Wireless Network Interface Cards)
  • USB3 on the front panel, as well as USB2 and audio jack on the back panel
  • Thin-client ("SFF tower") design, with additional support for horizontal orientation and monitor (VESA) mount
  • Wall-mount AC-DC power adapter with multi-country AC plugs
  • Low price, worldwide channel availability

The Intel® NUC Kit DE3815TYKHE is also certified as a Citrix Ready device in the Citrix Ready Xchange Marketplace.

Intel® NUC Kit NUC5i3MYHE and Intel® NUC Kit NUC5i5MYHE

For usages where additional graphics and/or local processing performance is required, the Intel® NUC Kit NUC5i3MYHE and Intel® NUC Kit NUC5i5MYHE  offer the ultimate building blocks for rich clients and traditional thin-client systems. Works great with the ThinLinX OS, as well as with Windows hosting the Citrix Receiver* for Windows (or relevant client application for the preferred VDI infrastructure)!

  • 5th Generation Intel® Core™ i3 and Intel® Core™ i5 vPro™ processors
  • Remote manageability (on 5th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 vPro™ processor)
  • Triple display, dual 4k display, or single 5k display support, with H.264 session hardware acceleration (if supported by OS)
  • Dual mini DisplayPort connectors (dual-mode capable for direct DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI-D monitor connectivity)
  • M.2 and 2.5" drive support (with RAID capability when both devices are SATA SSDs)
  • GbE LAN and WiFi-ready (built-in antennas and worldwide certifications for Intel® Wireless Network Interface Cards)
  • Trusted platform module (TPM)
  • Four USB3 ports (front and back panels), as well as audio jack on the front panel
  • Iconic "4x4" Intel NUC design, with monitor (VESA) mount support
  • Low-power, wall-mount AC-DC power adapter with multi-country AC plugs
  • Worldwide channel availability


Intel® Compute Stick STK1AW32SC

The Intel® Compute Stick STK1AW32SC is an ideal device for thin-clients with a single screen and the need to run local Windows* applications. Simply install the Citrix Receiver* for Windows (or relevant client application for the preferred VDI infrastructure) onto the Compute Stick and login!

  • Intel® Atom™ processor
  • Microsoft Windows 10*
  • Intel® Remote Keyboard preinstalled
  • Bluetooth* v4.2
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • 2GB memory
  • 32GB of on-board storage
  • Supports 64-bit OSes
  • HDMI extension cable
  • Micro SDXC slot with UHS-I support

Note: The descriptions provided below are by our partner vendors and have not been verified by Intel.

TLXOS-NUC*: First OS Optimized for the Intel® NUC Kit DE3815TYKHE as a Zero-Client Device

Intel and ThinLinX, Inc. are pleased to deliver the capability to use the Intel® NUC Kit DE3815TYKHE as a zero-client device with the TLXOS-NUC operating system. TLXOS-NUC is a thin-client operating system designed for remote computing versatility and optimum performance on the Intel® NUC.

TLXOS-NUC benefits:

  • Long list of supported session protocols (including Citrix HDX, Microsoft RemoteFX*, RDP, and many others)
  • High-performance H.264 hardware acceleration support for Citrix HDX, Microsoft RemoteFX, and RDP
  • Dual-screen session support for Citrix HDX, Microsoft RemoteFX, and RDP
  • <1 GB footprint (installs in the Intel® NUC Kit DE3815TYKHE’s 4 GB eMMC storage device—no need for a SATA drive)
  • Graphics, LAN, Audio and Wi-Fi drivers built-in
  • Web browsing mode (supporting Citrix Storefront, or for Web access stations/kiosks)
  • USB and audio redirection
  • Low-cost, commercially supported software

TLXOS-NUC licenses also entitle you to the ThinLinX Management Software (TMS), a thin-client management application which provides the following benefits:

  • Management of one or many clients simultaneously, even across the Internet and behind firewalls
  • Configuration Wizard (for easy client stations setup)
  • Client discovery
  • Product registration
  • Download/update client stations with latest software updates
  • Select client mode of operation (session protocol)
  • and much more…

To learn more about ThinLinX, Inc., TMS and the highly optimized, highly versatile, yet surprisingly affordable TLXOS-NUC operating system please visit:

TLXOS Product Information

TLXOS-NUC Firmware License

Solutions

From school and university computer labs to thin clients for government and nonprofit organizations, the Intel® NUC is driving new models of computing in small spaces.

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Ready to go out of the box, the ultra-slim Intel® Compute Stick enables you to transform a display into a thin-client platform via an HDMI* port.

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