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Fujitsu announces three new thin clients for enterprise use

The Fujitsu FUTRO S940 thin client is 63 percent smaller than its predecessor. (Source: Fujitsu)
The Fujitsu FUTRO S940 thin client is 63 percent smaller than its predecessor. (Source: Fujitsu)
A new desktop thin client and two new notebook thin clients from Fujitsu offer compact computing for businesses who use a centralized access server to protect company data and improve security. These thin clients run low-powered hardware but offer fast networking connections. The operating systems supported are eLux RP6 or Windows 10 IoT Enterprise.

Fujitsu, the Japanese technology company, has launched three new enterprise thin clients in their FUTRO series. Thin clients are perfect for businesses that don’t need staff to have the ability to run software natively on their computers, instead using the device as a remote access terminal to log in to a user session on a company server. Thin clients therefore often use low-power internal hardware and have a focus on data security by not storing any of it locally. Additionally, there are also differences in the operating system, driver installation, and administration that separate thin clients from traditional computers.

The first thin-client on offer, the FUTRO S740, is a desktop-based model that had a full chassis redesign to be 63 percent smaller than its predecessor. It now features an ultra-SFF design that is similar in appearance to compact models in the Gigabyte Brix or Zotac Zbox product lines. Fujitsu has managed to do this while maintaining almost identical port options (two PS/2 removed, and one less USB2.0 port on the back – but a new USB-C port option replaces this). Fujitsu has a custom mounting kit which allows businesses to take advantage of the smaller size by mounting directly to the back of a monitor. Instead of the traditional Windows options, we find either eLux RP 6 (integrated Linux thin-client OS, from Germany) or Microsoft Windows IoT Enterprise.

The other two new models are the FUTRO MU937 and MA576. Details are a little thin on these thin clients, other than that they are both laptop models running Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2016 LTSB.

Fujitsu includes their Portshutter Premium software to give granular control for locking down various I/O and restricting the use of USB flash drives or external hard drives for security reasons. There is optional Smart Access integrated authentication software for using biometrics such as fingerprints or palm veins as a way of protecting against unauthorized access via password leaks.

The notebook-based FUTRO MA576 and MU937 are expected to release around the end of April in Japan at retail prices of JP¥99,500 (US$930) and JP¥158,900 (US$1480) respectively. The desktop-based FUTRO S740 should release in late May at an MSRP of JP¥59,600 (US$555). While this initial release is for Japan only, Fujitsu devices often make it to Europe not long afterward and some models have started appearing in the United States now too.

Fujitsu FUTRO S740 thin client. (Source: Fujitsu)
Fujitsu FUTRO S740 thin client. (Source: Fujitsu)
Fujitsu FUTRO S740 thin client. (Source: Fujitsu)
Fujitsu FUTRO S740 thin client. (Source: Fujitsu)

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Craig Ward, 2018-04-10 (Update: 2018-04-10)
Craig Ward
Craig Ward - News Editor
I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.