The device was developed by Chip PC Technologies, a company that specialises in what it calls “post-PC technologies”. According to MacLellan, Chip PC Technologies created the first Jack PC over a year ago and has been working on perfecting it since then. The University of Northumbria was one of the first organisations to take delivery of the device.
“This can be used as a standard PC on standard power,” MacLellan told ZDNet UK, “or it can be used with power-over-Ethernet, and that really makes it efficient.”
A basic Jack PC costs £209 without monitor or keyboard. At a low price and using low power, MacLellan believes the device is “one of the biggest developments in PCs that we have seen” and is one of the “ever-growing range of thin clients, which are rapidly replacing PCs as a more effective desktop computing solution for modern businesses”.
The Jack PC runs Windows CE, is designed to connect to “any terminal server-based environment” and has Citrix ICA and Microsoft RDP clients built in.
It runs Internet Explorer 6.0 to connect to Web-driven applications, and runs an “up to 500MHz” AMD RISC processor, which the company says is equivalent to a 1.2GHz x86. It can come with up to 64MB of flash memory and 128MB RAM.