Citrix – System On A Chip Cost Plummeting
SoC cost cut in half in just a year, Citrix tells TechWeekEurope
The cost of a system on a chip (SoC) has fallen by at least 50 percent in one year alone, which could make the use of desktop virtualisation over thin clients or “zero clients” a much more attractive proposition, according to Citrix.
Since it launched its SoC project last year, placing its HDX kit on chips to enable high-definition experiences on low-power SoC devices, a host of partners have created machines based on the architecture.
Having cost around $250 at the lowest end in 2011, SoC machines in their various forms have seen a dramatic decline in cost, but innovation has continued to rise, according to Citrix VP of mobility solutions Chris Fleck (pictured).
This makes VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) over thin clients far more attractive, as IT teams can get the benefit of centralised control at a lower cost, Fleck said.
HP has announced one of the more innovative thin clients so far – an SoC embedded inside a display, which runs solely off of ethernet, so there is no need to plug it into the mains.
“We have made a lot of progress. Up until now, to have a fully HDX capable client was $400 to $500… you couldn’t get away with a cheap thin client in order to do multimedia redirection or some of the HDX features,” Fleck told TechWeekEurope.
“There are a number of thin client vendors that have now adopted this HDX-ready SoC platform.
“We’ve literally cut in half or more the price of an HDX-capable device, which as a result brings that whole VDI cost stack down significantly. It’s a big deal.
“It’s especially appealing in an environment where there are cubicles where moving stuff around with power is a big cost and time factor. Now you can just plug in an ethernet cable – it’s pretty dramatic.”
A number of major tech firms are working on the platform other than HP, including Fujitsu and LG. Centerm has produced an SoC client that costs just $99.
Fleck said Dell was going to join the party soon, now that it has acquired thin client specialist Wyse. He expects Samsung to produce more devices soon too.
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