The X terminal runs an X server. (In X, the usage of "client" and "server" is from the viewpoint of the programs: the X server supplies a screen, keyboard and mouse to client programs.) This connects to an X display manager (introduced in X11R3) running on a central machine, using XDMCP (X Display Manager Control Protocol, introduced in X11R4).
Today, thin clients often have the ability to "speak" a range of remote desktop protocols, including X (due to the existence of free software implementations of multiple protocols); thus, the dedicated X terminal has been commercially obsoleted by more general-purpose thin clients, including PCs running X server software.
Graphics processor strips down for X-Window. (Texas Instruments Inc's TMS340X microprocessor) (EDN-Processor Update) (Product Announcement)
Jun 18, 1992; Designing X-Window terminals that cost less than $1000 is a tough task. It is getting easier, however, as chip vendors tailor...