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Wyse Technology on Wednesday announced the availability of the Wyse X90cw, a breakthrough ultra-mobile virtual client, new from the ground up, second generation device designed for "anywhere" access to cloud and client virtualization environments. With an Intel Atom processor, Wyse X90cw delivers mobile workers a new level of flexibility.

"2010 will be a pivotal year in the advancement and deployment of mobile virtualization," according to Bob O'Donnell, Program VP, Clients and Displays at IDC. "In particular, more workers are mobile, and more companies are adopting a virtualized environment to enable an anywhere, anytime workforce."

The sleek Wyse X90cw features the benefits of other Wyse virtual clients, but in a form factor ideal for the mobile worker.

Because the Wyse X90cw has no hard drives and no server-side data stored on the device, these devices are highly secure. That means that mobile workers no longer have to worry as much about exposure of sensitive data to insecure environments. As all data is stored and accessed remotely, the risk of data loss through stolen or mislaid laptops is eliminated.

As the first mobile virtual client powered by the Intel Atom processor, these devices provide basic performance in a slim robust design. The Wyse X90cw weighs as little as 3.2 lbs, yet the 11.6" widescreen LED backlight screen delivers the performance for thin client applications.

The X90cw includes rich connectivity options such as a built-in Webcam, integrated wireless b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and support for 3G cards. Enabling organizations to achieve a smaller carbon footprint, the devices draw as little as 18 watts of energy, yet the 6-cell Li-Ion battery provides up to 8 hours of autonomy, making it an ideal solution for road warriors.

The Wyse X90cw comes with Microsoft® Windows® Embedded Standard 2009 operating system, providing users with a high performance and highly reliable platform that seamlessly connects to existing IT infrastructures and delivers access to the most advanced Web browser and media player capabilities in a virtual client. These devices are optimized for Citrix XenApp™, Citrix XenDesktop™, Microsoft Terminal Server and Hyper-V, and VMware View environments.

"Unlike most vendor/customer relationships, we view Wyse as a partner that we work closely with to help us achieve our thin computing goals. Their clear market leadership over the past several years shows their innovation and success in providing the best thin client virtualization experiences to meet our challenging and demanding needs," according to Brad Blake, Director of IT at Boston Medical Center. "Wyse listens to our needs and by working closely with them on feature, form and functionality they continue to support and provide more value to their offerings. Specifically, the feedback of the Wyse X90cw has been extremely positive. We are very impressed with the stability of the wireless connectivity, battery life and form factor and are looking forward to rolling these throughout Boston Medical Center."

"The combination of security and convenience in the Wyse X90cw is unprecedented," said Ricardo Antuna, Vice President, Product Management, Business Development and Alliances at Wyse Technology. "The Wyse X90cw is now the new wave of compact, lightweight, high performance internet devices that assures the end user experience is as good as or better than a comparable PC, but the security of a virtual client means that it's now more dangerous to misplace a smart phone than it is a computer."

"Intel is pleased that the Intel Atom processor is providing the foundation for the Wyse X90cw," said Brian Tucker, director of Intel Business Client Marketing. "The Intel Atom processor is the perfect complement to the X90cw, providing the processing power and multimedia capabilities that its users need."

The X90cw is designed to support the key protocols driving desktop virtualization and cloud computing, including Citrix ICA/HDX, Microsoft RDP 7, and PCoIP® found in VMware View.

"The newest X class mobile thin client is perfectly suited to enable on-the-go customers to take full advantage of Citrix XenDesktop and HDX technology to deliver a complete Windows desktop experience," said Sumit Dhawan, vice president, product marketing for the XenDesktop product group at Citrix Systems. "Wyse is enabling our joint customers to make the most of our desktop virtualization solutions and enable the highest quality user experience for even their mobile users."

"Microsoft is pleased to work with Wyse to deliver its new X class mobile thin client showcasing the power of Windows through Windows Embedded Standard 2009," said Ashwin Kulkarni, senior product manager for Windows Embedded at Microsoft Corp. "By incorporating support for Windows Embedded Standard, Wyse is fostering the continued creation of connected, specialized devices that will deliver a highly reliable, customized and immersive user experience."

"Wyse has been a strong technology partner and we are excited to see its continued innovation to drive adoption of virtual desktops in mobile environments," said Raj Mallempati, director of product marketing, Desktop Business Unit, VMware. "Combining VMware View™ and the new X class mobile thin client will give our customers an optimized virtual desktop platform for mobile environments, helping them provide solutions that follow users, not devices."

Wyse X90cw is available immediately at $699 and is expected to be certified for VMware View within 30 days. More information is available at http://www.wyse.com/products/hardware/mobile/index.asp

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