IGEL Technology Releases Latest Microsoft Windows XP Embedded Firmware

IGEL Technology announced the availability of its latest Microsoft® Windows® XP Embedded firmware on the broadest and most powerful range of thin clients on the market. The latest firmware gives users increased choice of hypervisors for virtual PCs, improved device management and further energy saving capabilities. IGEL Universal Desktops powered by Microsoft Windows XP Embedded now have additional Ericom features included as standard.

The new firmware version includes the Ericom® WebConnect client. This provides users with secure, local and remote access to applications and desktops running on Windows Terminal Servers, Virtual Desktops (VDI), Blade PCs and legacy host systems. With support for 14 hypervisors, including VMware® ESX, Citrix® XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V, Oracle® VM, Virtual Iron and others, Ericom® PowerTerm® WebConnect enables organizations to flexibly choose the VDI environment that best suits user requirements.

Following research from the renowned German Fraunhofer Institute last year, which showed IGEL thin clients used up to 50% less power than conventional business PCs, the new firmware also delivers even more environmentally friendly control.

Using the IGEL Remote Management Suite software bundled with every thin client, the power management configurations of each unit deployed across an organization can be controlled centrally. Sleep times can be set and managed remotely, ensuring that thin clients are powered down across the business when not in use – saving power and reducing CO2 emissions. User experience is also improved with sessions able to remain active during sleep mode and allowing faster power return, meaning users can instantly return to work without lengthy reboot and connection times.

The latest firmware also includes File Based Write Filter (FBWF) which delivers improved security and management capabilities to the IGEL thin client by allowing tightly defined, secure access rights to the flash memory to deploy local applications that require permanent local files, such as anti-virus updates and browser cookies. All features on FBWF can be configured at the local set-up console or using IGEL’S Remote Management Suite.

Additional features in the firmware include the Internet Explorer 7 web browser with its improved tabbed browsing, instant search and improved security features. Users will also experience enhanced video performance and support for a broader range of media with the latest Media Player 11. A feature to enable and disable IP v6 has also been included to increase network performance if IP v6 is not required.

“These latest features ensure that our Windows XP Embedded based products provide more digital services, are easier to manage and more environmentally friendly than ever before,” explained Stephen Yeo, worldwide strategic marketing director for IGEL Technology. “The inclusion of Ericom’s PowerTerm® WebConnect client is particularly exciting since it gives our customers freedom of choice in hypervisor when designing their virtual PC infrastructures.”

The IGEL Windows XP Embedded firmware is immediately available at www.MyIGEL.com.

About IGEL Technology
IGEL Technology is the world’s number three thin client vendor and is market leader in its home country of Germany (Q4 2007 IDC). The company produces the industry’s widest range of thin clients, based on Linux and Microsoft Windows, giving customers access to the richest set of digital services through the very powerful, IGEL designed, firmware. Form factors include traditional desktops, mobile tablets, integrated LCD units, quad screens and PC to thin client conversion cards. All IGEL thin clients come with the bundled, easy to use, IGEL Remote Management software, giving you maximum remote control with the minimum cost and hassle. IGEL supports the broadest set of digital services including terminal emulation, web, ICA, RDP, Virtual Desktops (VDI), Java and native SAP. All devices support smart cards for maximum security and this includes integration with Citrix Password Manager’s Hot Desktop allowing sub 10 second boot times for roaming workers.