Devon IT's flash drive can turn TV, monitor into thin client

Devon IT Monday announced that its Ceptor USB memory stick, which plugs into an HDMI monitor or display and allows it to be used as a virtual desktop computer, will begin shipping later this month.

The Ceptor virtual desktop client comes loaded with ZetOS, Devon IT's lightweight version of a Linux-kernel-based DetOS platform. Ceptor runs an ARM Cortex A9 1GHz processor, 512MB or 1GB of DDR3 memory and Wif-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Ceptor is also capable of 1080p high-def video output.

The Ceptor drive provides end-users with secure access to their virtual desktop environments, whether Citrix, RDP or VMware environment.

Ceptor is not the first company to offer a thin client on a USB drive.

Earlier this year, Imation's Ironkey division launched the Workspace drive with a starting price of $129 for a 32GB flash drive with Windows 8 loaded on it. IronKey's USB drive is certified to use Windows To Go -- an enterprise feature of Windows 8 -- to deliver a fully portable desktop.

The Ceptor will retail for $99.

The compact multimedia-capable device is slightly larger than a USB memory stick that enables users to convert any HDMI capable TV or monitor into an interactive enterprise thin client device.

The client device is managed by Devon IT's Echo thin client management software, which is included on the USB drive. The drive has integrated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capability for connecting to a network. Ceptor also includes USB On-The-Go via a USB-B micro host port.

Lucas Mearian covers storage, disaster recovery and business continuity, financial services infrastructure and health care IT for Computerworld. Follow Lucas on Twitter at @lucasmearian, or subscribe to Lucas's RSS feed . His email address is lmearian@computerworld.com.

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