Military Embedded Systems

Rugged zero client server released by Chassis Plans


February 25, 2016

John McHale

Editorial Director

Military Embedded Systems

SAN DIEGO. Engineers at Chassis Plans released their new patent-pending rugged CPZ-156T Rugged Zero Client as part of a partnership with Dell OEM Solutions.The devices leverages a Dell PCoIP ASIC controller in a rugged enclosure designed for use in extreme environments.

The Zero Client which has a 15.6 inch liquid crystal display (LCD) and 10-point multi-touch touch screen. It conforms to PCoIP using the Teradici TERA2321 controller. Its power is provided by Power over Ethernet (PoE) for single-cable operation.

The new Chassis Plans solution meets the Army “Approved Thin Client/Zero Client Computing Reference Architecture v1” dated 14 March 2013 which is to be used for SIPRNet and NiPRNet implementations. As such, it is impervious to malware, virus, and other cyber-attack vectors, company officials say. There is only one connection to the device and it is tethered with no Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connections that might compromise security.

The CPZ-156T is designed with the single purpose of image decompression and decoding, thus eliminating endpoint hard drives, graphic processors, operating systems, applications and security software. With no operating systems, no codecs and no software to maintain, the CPZ-156T makes it an easy to manage endpoint, Chassis Plans officials say. The company's rugged zero clients use industry standard PCoIP protocol and are compliant with currently available desktop zero clients, but in a rugged mil-grade form factor.

The CPZ-156T is powered through the IEEE-802.3at Power over Ethernet connection, which means only a single push-pull connector is required to lose all display information on the ruggedized client. As in all true zero client architectures, no data is ever contained on the CPZ-156T; it is just an encrypted rendering of the actual virtualized desktop on the server.

To address a requirement for a secure ruggedized data terminal for the U.S. military, a system architecture was created to provide a single connection to the CPZ-156T. This was enabled by designing ultra-low power components with a 25 Watt system power envelope, company officials say. It aided in implementing the IEEE-802.3at standard, which provides for Ethernet connectivity, power, and human interface in a portable unit that does not require access to AC power.

The CPZ-156T Rugged Zero Client is currently shipping.

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