Thin clients run Linux-based eLux on Gemini Lake Refresh chips

Thin clients run Linux-based eLux on Gemini Lake Refresh chips


Fujitsu recently announced the expansion of its Futro thin client line with the addition of three new models;

  1. Futro S9010 — Pentium Silver J5040 (4x Goldmont Plus cores @ 2.0GHz/3.2GHz); Intel UHD Graphics 605 — D3543-A2 (Mini-ITX)
  2. Futro S7010 — Celeron J4125 — (4x Goldmont Plus cores @ 2.0GHz/2.7GHz); Intel UHD Graphics 600 — D3544-A2 (Mini-STX
  3. Futro S5010 — Celeron J4025 — (2x Goldmont Plus cores @ 2.0GHz/2.9GHz); Intel UHD Graphics 600 — D3544-B2 (Mini-STX)

The three new thin clients are based on the recently announced Gemini Lake Refresh SoCs from Intel and are intended to run the Linux-based eLux RP 6.7.0 CR from Unicon Software, but they will also bear support to enable them to run the Windows 10 IoT Enterprise. When running elux, the new thin clients will benefit greatly from the regular security patch updates of the Scout Enterprise management suite that is packaged with it.

In terms of features, the new thin clients will benefit from the 10W TDPs which is associated with all the new Gemini Lake Refresh Processors along with a higher burst rate compared with Gen-1 Gemini Lake models. Asides this, all the three new thin client models come with standard features which include; a GbE port, an optional Intel Wireless-AX200 WLAN module with 802.11-ac/ax (WiFi 6), and a Bluetooth 5.0. The three boards also come with a 2x DP 1.2a, 2x front-facing USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB 3.0), and 4x USB 2.0 ports plus dual USB 2.0 headers. There’s also an option for a front-facing USB 3.1 Type-C port.

Futro S7010

All the three clients have the have triple Realtek ALC671 driven audio jacks — mic-in, headphone-out, and line-out — with the Futro S9010 model possessing a line-out jack along with dual RS-232 DB9 ports compared to the S7010 which has an option for a single serial port and the S5010 which has none. The S9010 also adds a pair of PS/2 ports and an M.2 slot along with 2-16GB DDR4-2400, on a 250 x 193 x 52mm footprint while the other two models sit on a 165 x 147 x 36mm footprint and ship with 2-8GB DDR4-2400.

Futro S5010

All three models offer 100-240V power supplies and operate between 10 to 35°C temperature with relative humidity between 5-85 %. The systems support Citrix Receiver and VMware Horizon Client desktop virtualization environments, and for security, supports Kensington locks with optional TPM 2.0 security chips.

No pricing or availability information is currently available for the thin clients but more information on them can be found on the product page for each of them (Futro S9010, Futro S7010,  Futro S5010) on Fujitsu’s website.

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Hardware Design Engineer | #IoT Consultant |All things #ML | Entrepreneur | Serial Writer | Passionate about Innovation and technology as tools for solving problems in developing countries. Spare time is spent around writing and advocacy for the growth of the Maker/DIY Culture in Africa.

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