What in the World is an X Terminal?
X Terminals are somewhat like X Workstations: they use a technically advanced architecture to run high performance X Windows applications. However, instead of transmitting vast amounts of X information over the data link, the server software is executed on the host system and eliminates the time-consuming data transfer. Sophisticated data compression techniques and an optimized protocol then send only the minimum amounts of display commands to the terminal. With minimal data being received, the processor and custom graphics engine within these powerful X Terminals are free to concentrate on decompressing drawing commands and maintaining error-free communications.
These devices are able to work over virtually any asynchronous data link, at speeds up to 115.2K bps. Remote attachments may be accomplished by means of any industry standard modems, including the new V.34 standards where buil-in data compression further aids the terminal's performance. The technology in the Qume QX terminals also supports a wide range of attachment solutions for ISDN, Switch 56 and similar environments.
There is a printer port for local printing of graphical screens, character printing or host originated graphical prints.
Think of the possibilities:
- telecommuting on a big-time scale (hey, you can open up all those windows while working over a modem line)
- migration path to X
- risk free investigation of X without changes to wiring or system software
- low cost (relatively speaking)
OK, Why X?
Do you want
- to run multiple applications in windows?
- easy-to-use mouse driven menus
- graphical user interface
- to move up to enhanced versions of standard software
But then, why do current terminal users NOT want X?
- don't want to reconfigure system for Ethernet
- don't want to double or triple the cost of each desktop device
- don't wan to immediately replace all existing software
How do X Terminals solve these problems?
- they connect with standard RS232 serial interfaces
- give windows to existing software
- run standard X applications when you are ready to purchase
- costs slightly more than an alphanumeric terminal and A WHOLE LOT LESS than an X workstation
How many would you like?
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