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Devon IT's Ceptor Converts HDMI Displays into Zero Client Devices

Devon IT has unveiled Ceptor, an ultra-compact device that converts any HDMI-capable monitor or TV into an interactive zero client.

According to the company, the Ceptor zero client device is a "full-featured enterprise client desktop access point that is configurable, persistent, and fully manageable." It is slightly larger than a USB memory stick and plugs into the HDMI port of a TV or monitor. Once plugged in, users can run Devon IT's zero client operating system, ZeTOS, and then enter their username and password to access their virtual desktops through a remote session.

ZeTOS allows Ceptor to run in a stateless condition, so users can't run programs or start remote sessions that have not been authorized by an administrator. Ceptor also doesn't require any special firewall or routing rules for security because it doesn't broadcast or auto-discover network protocols, and because terminals have no local persistent memory, there are no threats from viruses or malicious software, according to Devon IT.

Company president, Joe Makoid, calls it a "game changer for the VDI market" because of its full-featured capabilities, small size, and low price.

Key features of Ceptor include:

  • Dual core ARM processor with ZeTOS already installed;
  • Management capabilities through Devon IT's Echo thin client management software platform;
  • Full virtual desktop experience when plugged into an HDMI monitor and network;
  • Integrated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capability;
  • USB On-The-Go through a USB-B micro host port; and
  • High definition 1080p video output.

Ceptor will be available for $89 (MSRP). Future versions of Ceptor will offer lower cost processors and also run Android, according to information provided by the company.

Future information about Ceptor can be found at devonit.com.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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