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IGEL Technology has introduced its new Universal Desktop series that promises to redefine the device that organisations use to access their server-based applications and infrastructure. The goals of the new IGEL Universal Desktop series are to provide maximum flexibility through a choice of "Digital Service Packs" for accessing server-based and virtualised applications; reduce costs due to a very flexible pricing model through which customers only pay for the hardware or software they actually need; provide an experience indistinguishable from a PC; and offer a lower TCO through powerful, yet easy to use remote management.

The core innovations at the heart of the Universal Desktop are to have just one "Universal Image" per operating system that works with all hardware platforms. This Universal Image is comprised of three Digital Service Packs that offer different levels of sophistication for accessing server-based applications. Hence a customer has just three decisions to make when buying a Universal Desktop: which operating system best suits their needs, which Digital Service Pack provides optimal access to their applications, and what hardware platform is required.

The three Digital Service Packs offered in the Universal Desktop range are:
ENTRY Package (available on Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6, Windows Embedded Standard 2009 and IGEL Linux):
- Microsoft RDP and Citrix ICA support
- Entry level printing
- Java Runtime Environment (IGEL Linux and Windows Embedded Standard 2009 only)

STANDARD Package (available on Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6, Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 2009 and IGEL Linux):
All Entry Package functions plus:
- Virtualisation support for leading vendors
- Web access
- PDF viewer
- Local media playback
- Terminal emulation
- VPN remote access
- ThinPrint SBC optimised printing

ADVANCED Package (available on Windows Embedded Standard 2009 and IGEL Linux):
All Standard Package functions plus:
- Enhanced user experience using Digital Service Virtualisation (Windows Embedded Standard 2009 only)
- SAP GUI
- USB re-direction (Windows Embedded Standard 2009 only)
- VoIP (Linux only)
- Specialist server-based protocols such as No Machine NX

The Universal Desktop range is powered by five sleek and modern hardware designs:
- The UD2 series is a small, affordable, energy efficient hardware platform that can be VESA mounted on the back of a monitor. The DVI-I port supports dual monitors with an optional Y cable and it can connect to common peripherals with its four USB ports. The UD2 series only supports the Entry and Standard Digital Service Packs.
- The UD3 series is a compact midrange hardware platform that can power all digital service levels, from the Entry to the Advanced Digital Service Packs. Optionally, an integrated smartcard reader and a Connectivity Foot for Wi-Fi and/or a serial port can be added.
- The UD5 series is a powerful and expandable hardware platform. Its high speed processor and graphics can support demanding applications or many applications running simultaneously. It also supports the broadest set of connectivity to peripherals. Optionally, an integrated smartcard reader and a Connectivity Foot for Wi-Fi and/or a parallel port can be added.
- The UD7 series is based on the powerful UD5 hardware platform. It is custom designed for the most demanding quad-screen graphics environments. Using the same chassis as the UD5 it offers an optional smartcard reader, optional Connectivity Foot and a broad range of IO ports. This series is only available with the Advanced Digital Service Pack.
- The UD9 series is an integrated 19" LCD platform with a broad range of I/O ports. Suited for customers with space-constrained environments, this series is only available with the Advanced Digital Service Pack.



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