PCoIP Remote Workstation Card

Workstation users create 3D models and designs for visual effects, motion picture, construction, manufacturing, architectural, and engineering projects. Typically, dispersed teams and contractors are needed to bring these elaborate creations to life. With the Teradici PCoIP Remote Workstation Card, these widespread resources can receive the full frame-rate rendering capabilities necessary to create complex designs and images, without ever having to be in the same office; with their sensitive corporate IP protected.

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Create a Superior End-User Experience

Harness the power of high-end towers, blade servers, or rack workstations by converting them into a workstation that delivers high-end images to any remote location over affordable IP networks. Users can work with visuals rendering up to 250 mega pixels per second driving 2560x1600 resolution screens with refresh rates of up to 60 frames per second. This means no waiting forever for a change to render, no jaggies or bit-mappy images.

Protect Sensitive Information with Ultra-High Security

The card encrypts pixel transfers with advanced security algorithms including AES-256 and NSA Suite B cryptography ; which are used by governments to protect classified information. Whether you are accessing VFX files you don’t want leaked before premier night or sharing secret information between government departments, these standards ensure protected, secure image transmission.

Manage Mobility and Collaboration

Easily setup remote offices without having to configure full-scale, onsite workstations for every user. Set up the workstation at a worksite, or secure it in your data center. Either way, users can connect to it and collaborate on projects from an adjacent room, from home or from across the country.

Support and Maintenance

Teradici’s Product Support & Maintenance offering provides customers with defined service levels and 24x7 support for severity 1 issues. Help protect your business against business disruption by inquiring about our support plans with your reseller.

  Quad Display Dual Display
Max number of displays 4 2
Teradici PCoIP processor TERA2240 TERA2220
Common PCIe form factors PCIe x1, FHHL PCIe x1, Low Profile
Imaging performance up to 250 Mpps up to 130 Mpps
Max resolution 2x 2560x1600 or
4x 1920x1200
1x 2560x1600 or
2x 1920x1200
Max application frame rate
(with PCoIP zero client)
60 fps 60 fps
PCIe video ports
(connect to GPU outputs)
4x miniDP 2x miniDP
Video port cables miniDP to DP (included), miniDP to DVI (optional)
Ethernet 10/100/GigE or optional fibre
Audio Full 16-bit stereo, 48 KHz sample rate audio
Power management Full wake on LAN and wake on USB Full wake on LAN and wake on USB
Typical system power 13 W 13 W
Memory 512 MB DDR3 with ECC 512 MB DDR3 with ECC
Encryption AES-128/AES-256
Suite B Ciphers
AES-128/AES-256
Suite B Ciphers
OS Supported Windows (including ver. 10 with host software 4.2.2) and Linux
Compatible end points PCoIP Zero Client, Teradici PCoIP Software Client for Mac or Windows
Recommended Software Clients for added flexibility and portability (Single display) PCoIP Software Client for Mac or Windows, Ver 1.0

*USB devices like webcams and DVD writers use USB1.1 isochronous transfer mode.

Systems Requirements (for standard PCIe form factor)
  • PCI Express x1 compatible card slot Full Height, Half Length (FHHL) for TERA2240, Low Profile for TERA2220
  • PC/workstation with 1 or 2 graphics cards
  • For 2560x1600 resolution, graphics card port must be DisplayPort (dual-link DVI is not supported)

Read the datasheet

Teradici's powerful host processors enable you to move your Windows or Linux workstation into the datacenter and connect with a PCoIP zero client remotely without impacting application performance. Created for IT managers who are looking for an easy-to-manage, reliable, and secure solution to meet the needs of designers who have dedicated computers with graphically demanding applications and expect the highest in performance.

  • Server Room - Keep all tower/rack/blade workstations in the sever room, and access your workstation from your desk, a colleagues desk, a conference room, or from away
  • Share - Share a workstation between multiple users (at different times)
  • Collaborate – two users can access the same workstation at the same time – allow a remote user (on the WAN or LAN) to connect to a local workstation for collaboration with full graphics, or allow two remote users to access the same computer on the LAN using two host cards.

The PCoIP host processor has been designed to work with a single PCIe x1 slot, and is used in Dell, HP, Lenovo, Fujitsu, NEC, Amulet Hotkey, Boxx, Cirrascale, Ciara Technologies and other brands of workstations used around the world today. We do, however, recommend you test your specific hardware configuration as part of any rollout. See Teradici’s where to buy section for a full listing of vendors.

TERA2 based host cards support connecting to any graphics cards supporting DisplayPort or DVI-D connections. TERA1 based host cards support DVI only. Multiple graphics cards can be used in any system (ie to support more than two displays). Note if a resolution higher than 1920x1200 is required, than the DisplayPort connection needs to be used on a TERA2 based host card.

Any PCoIP client can connect to a PCoIP host card, however highest performance is achieved when connecting using a PCoIP zero client, and when matching generations of Teradici Host processor processors. If you are using VMware View™ as a broker, View clients such as their Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad or Android can also connect to host cards.

IT Manager

  • Maximum security
  • Sensitive data and intellectual property never leaves the datacenter… just pixels
  • Fully encrypted sessions including support for NSA defined Suite B security protocols
  • Quickly setup satellite offices without having to deal with workstations on site
  • USB security keys/dongles don't get broken or lost in the server room like at the desk
  • Broker Windows workstation using VMware View™ for enterprise deployment of standard zero clients to connect to either VMs or physical workstations
  • Easily share workstations
  • Reduce IT overhead.

Designer

  • Faster application and/or data access - sending pixels is faster than moving large data files or models
  • Full backup power in the server room – no more lost work due to power outages
  • Move desks/locations while your applications are still running
  • Less noise and clutter on the desktop.

Extremely high. We challenge you to find a higher performance solution out there today. A PCoIP host and client are hardware solutions dedicated for both high security and performance, without slowing your applications (and you) down. A 1080P30 movie for instance peaks at 62 Megapixels per second or Mpps (1920x1080 pixels * 30 frames per second), if every pixel was changing. The Tera1 and Tera2 chipsets can support applications refreshing at up to 60 frames per second, and the three versions of chipsets support 100, 130 and 250 Mpps of content spread across one or more displays… so you can be assured that your investment today will meet the needs of your applications years from now.

Teradici's approach is to maximize the user experience, and take advantage of available network bandwidth when needed. Bandwidth limits can be set if needed, and there are user and administrator controls over how the PCoIP protocol behaves when packet loss is detected, such as preference for frame rate versus image quality. Some customers constrain the maximum bandwidth to 4 Mbps, some less, others want the highest pixel accuracy possible and design their network accordingly. Teradici recommends learning more about the PCoIP protocol on the Teradici website, and to read the ”PCoIP Protocol Virtual Desktop Network Design Checklist” document in the support site for additional detail. The best way to understand tradeoffs is to try it out with your most graphically demanding applications. If you want a free application to test with, go to the Teradici support site and search for “glaze”.

Tera 2 host processors connecting with Tera 2 Zero Clients add support for USB2.0 with devices like USB drives. USB webcams will connect as a USB1.1 device as they only support a USB mode called isochronous. While the USB standard was designed to work over very short distances (ie a short cable), Teradici's PCoIP protocol enables USB to work over networks and significantly larger distance. See the Teradici support site for additional information, but a good rule of thumb for peak speeds are up to 22 Mbps for bulk transfer (like USB drives), and up to 5 Mbps for a device for isochronous devices (like webcams).

No. Host cards support a mode called "direct connect" where a zero client can connect with any workstation with a host card. Authentication is done using the standard host operating system as if you were directly connected to your PC.
Alternatively, 3rd party brokers can be used. VMware View allows for access to your VDI desktops and Windows workstations from any PCoIP zero client, and Leostream and Ericom also offer broker solutions with PCoIP host support.

Yes. If using direct connect mode, the zero client needs to see the host card on the same network (i.e. through a VPN). For View brokered workstations, VMware supports a product called Security Server which allows external PCoIP access without a VPN. Note for Tera 1, Security Server maximum bitrate from a zero client to a host card is 7Mbpps. This constraint is removed for Tera 2 host cards.

Teradici tests and supports latencies between hosts and clients at up to 150ms for Tera1 processors and 250ms for Tera2. We also have some customers using higher latencies, and recommend you do your own benchmarking to best understand the trade-offs. For latencies over 50ms, we recommend installing the Teradici host software, as this will allow for a local mouse pointer to be used, eliminating visual wait of the round-trip delay, along with other tricks to maximize the user experience.

Management console – manage configuration and firmware updates for all PCoIP host cards/zero clients.

Host Software – this optional software is recommended, and provides features such as:

  • Improved user experience with latencies over 50 ms by supporting a local pointer
  • Exposes user experience controls, connection information and statistics
  • Supports in-session key sequence Ctrl-Alt-F12 to disconnect without using the zero client button
  • Required if host cards are brokered by VMware View™

SNMP Monitor – Teradici host cards and zero clients support the SNMP protocol. You can use an SNMP tool to capture all kinds of read-only information such as bitrates, frame rates, or Mpps.

Where do I learn more? Search “SNMP”, “Management Console”, or “Host Software” on the Teradici support site for additional information and downloads.

Windows and Linux. When a PCIe host card is plugged into a workstation, the operating system sees a hardware USB controller and audio CODEC. A host card connected to a remote zero client terminates audio and USB devices as if they were local. The optional Teradici Host Software is available for Windows and also as source code package that can be compiled for your preferred version of Linux. We test against CentOS, but have customers using this on other versions. On the Teradici support site, download the Linux Host Software to see the full release notes for additional information.

A Teradici PCoIP host card is the best fit when you require high performance and high security. If you have a tower, rack or blade PC with a free PCIe slot, your applications require high-end workstation or gaming graphics cards from vendors like NVidia or ATI, and you are looking for some of the benefits of remoting like those listed in this FAQ. Alternative solutions use software-based host side encoding and thin clients for decode. Software solutions don’t require purchasing and installing a hardware card, but consume valuable CPU and GPU resources to enable remoting, and by the time you include the cost and complexity of the client, software solutions may not be easier or cheaper. Performance-wise a single core can be consumed by software encoding solutions for around 50 Mpps. The Teradici host cards (with zero clients) can remote up to either 150 or 300 Mpps! Thin client solutions require costly, high power, high-end processors to decode and cannot offer the benefits of a dedicated hardware based PCoIP zero client.

TERA2220 supports dual 1920x1200 resolution monitors or a single 2560x1600. TERA2240 supports double that. Also note the standard TERA2240 PCIe card is full height half length, and the 2220 is Low Profile.

Yes, but we recommend pairing like devices for day to day use as performance will be based on the slowest device and/or earlier generation capabilities. Note TERA1202/1100 (host/client) are rated at 100 Mpps, TERA2240/2140 are rated at 300 Mpps, and TERA2220/2321 are rated at 150 Mpps.

Very. If you follow the instructions, you should be up and running in 5-10 minutes for a first time installation. If you run into problems, techsupport.teradici.com is there to help.

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