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Splashtop Streamer dialog box
|Company / developer||Splashtop Inc. (formerly known as DeviceVM Inc.)|
|Working state||Current (remote control software and instant-on OS)|
|Latest stable release||18.104.22.168 for Windows 7, Vista, XP; and 22.214.171.124 for Mac OS X 10.6 and above / August 19, 2011.|
|Available language(s)||Multiple languages|
|Supported platforms||Windows 7/XP/Vista, Mac OS X 10.6+, iOS, webOS, MeeGo|
|License||Proprietary software, with usage of open-source components|
Splashtop is a brand attached to three things: Splashtop OS (a small Linux system meant to live in a PC's ROM and allow very quick startup for its circumscribed functionality), Splashtop remote desktop software (software that allows users to connect to and control their computer from a mobile computing device, such as an iPad, iPhone, webOS, Windows Phone, or Android device), and Splashtop Inc. (the new name for the company).
The company has stopped development and distribution of Splashtop OS.
Splashtop Remote Desktop
Splashtop Remote Desktop allows a user to remotely connect to a main computer from another computer or mobile device to access content or run applications. Splashtop Remote Desktop is based on technology that "encodes" the screen of a main computer, transmits them via the Internet, Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, and across firewalls to a client device, where it "decodes" the transmitted data and displays it on the screen of a client device. This affords users an experience similar to sitting in front of the remote computer and controlling it. The Remote Desktop iOS client provides two connection modes. One is "sharp mode" for better resolution. The other one is "smooth mode" for better frame rate/latency. A higher fps (frames per second) rate leads to a smoother video watching experience. For latency, a lower value is better because this is the lag between the time an image on the source device shows up on the client device. Splashtop has undertaken technical cooperation with Intel, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, AMD, TI, and other chip manufacturers to optimize its software to use graphics processing units (GPUs) for encoding and client specific processors for decoding. These techniques enable the software to stream video at up to 60 frames per second when running in Smooth mode, and lead to sub 30ms low latency performance (quick response), which is at the same level as playing video on a local machine directly.
Splashtop was named by Apple as "Top 25 Best Selling iPad App of All-Time." The app won "Best of CES -- Mobile App" in 2011 and again in 2012. New York Times, US Today, Wired, CNET, InformationWeek, and others all have featured Splashtop Remote Desktop.
The core technology — encoding, transmitting, and decoding — is used by several Splashtop Remote variations for different purposes such as remote presentation annotation (Whiteboard), extended displays (XDisplay), remote control (TouchPad, Win8 GesturePad), remote webcam (CamCam), etc.. The Splashtop Remote products are a combination of a server (or agent), called Splashtop Streamer, and a variety of client products. The basic concept is that a user needs to install the free Splashtop Streamer on the target remote computer, and obtain a client available on iOS, Android, Windows, MAC, Blackberry, Windows Phone 8, WinRT, and others. Splashtop has the broadest remote access client app support.
The Splashtop Streamer works as an agent on the target remote computer. The Streamer fetches the computer's screen content, encodes it, and transmits it to client devices. It also receives actions from client devices and interprets them into the proper commands for the remote computer. Splashtop Streamer supports Windows XP, Vista, 7 (32/64 bit OS), and 8 (32/64bit) and Mac OSX 10.6 and above. Splashtop Remote uses proprietary transmission protocol between its streamer and client, that is fully WAN optimized to deliver best in class experience across any network condition.
Splashtop operates a global SSL-VPN relay infrastructure, called Splashtop Bridging Cloud, to route traffic across any network. Besides running on multiple Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers, Splashtop announced in-country relay servers inside China hosted by Alibaba's Alicloud and Shanda's Grand Cloud. Splashtop also announced various partnerships with carriers for regional relay so users can have enhanced reliability, performance, and security. All relay traffic are encrypted using SSL / AES-256.
Splashtop also partners with Intel to support the latest Wake over WIFI capability so PCs can be remotely waken up over WIFI. Millions of PCs from various PC manufacturers are bundling Splashtop on their PCs and Android tablets and phones.
Beyond high performance remote desktop, Splashtop improves the overall remote app access experience by offering "Configurable Shortcuts & GamePad" feature. This features allows a gamer to have virtual joystick overlay on their mobile tablets, when remotely playing a game (3D, Flash, Java, etc.) running on PCs or MACs. This allows configurable overlay keys or shortcuts to enhance the remote app experience 
To enhance remote presentation and collaboration, Splashtop offers whiteboard / annotation feature. A business presenter or teacher could walk around a meeting room or classroom to present and annotate over any application. This is a powerful mobile interactive whiteboard solution.
With BYOD trend where users are bringing their iPad, iPhone, Android, etc. into work, Splashtop is quickly adopted by businesses. Splashtop launched Splashtop Business edition which offers IT enhanced manageability and control in the cloud. Splashtop Business is a SAAS offering and IT can have a web-based management console to add / delete users, and also see audit trail (history) of remote sessions. Free trial is available.
Businesses that face mobile VPN compatibility and reliability issues are also finding Splashtop Business as a great alternative. Splashtop SSL-VPN cloud effectively remove the burden of setting up VPN connection. Furthermore, RDP performance over VPN, especially over WAN, is usually very poor. Splashtop is fully optimized for 3G/4G/WAN encrypted traffic experience.
To support enterprise with demand for Active Directory and enhanced control, like whitelisting / blacklisting devices, Splashtop offers Splashtop Enterprise with SplashApp Technology. Splashtop Enterprise includes an on-premise software called Splashtop Center, which integrates with corporate Active Directory so employees do not need to create Splashtop accounts, and all users can be centrally controlled via Active Directory (AD). Splashtop Center also is typically deployed inside DMZ so remote workforce can seamlessly connect back into their work PCs inside corporate firewalls. Besides AD integration, Splashtop Enterprise also offers local relay capability and additional manageability features.
Splashtop Enterprise leverages existing PCs and servers to deliver apps and data for mobile workforce, that is fast, simple, and secure. Your existing apps and data are already running on users’ PCs and existing servers. The challenge is how to extend these existing apps and infrastructure to support mobile. Splashtop is the bridge that extends existing distributed PCs and centralized servers to mobile. Furthermore, Splashtop Enterprise’s SplashApp technology fully integrates with Microsoft RDS (formerly Terminal Services) and RemoteApp, meaning that any Windows app can be delivered to mobile devices, without users seeing the full desktop. SplashApp real-time transcodes RDP protocol to Splashtop protocol to deliver best-in-class WAN-optimized remote experience to any device, truly embracing BYOD.
As of June 2013, over 14 million users are enjoying Splashtop to remote access existing apps and data on their computers. Over 62% of Fortune 100 employees are already using Splashtop inside their companies. Besides being affordable, Splashtop takes just 30 minutes to set up, pilot and deploy. Splashtop is the faster and simpler and affordable alternative to Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop (affordable VDI).
Splashtop Enterprise offers flexibility of using any virtual machine (VM) -- VMware ESX, HyperV, Xen, VirtualBox, or others. Splashtop can seamlessly "mobilize" existing Windows Server 2003, 2008 R2, and 2012. Any physical or virtual desktop (any RDP host) is fully supported. This also means that businesses with long tail of existing business apps (.NET, Java, Silverlight, IE webapps, HTML5, legacy, etc.) can all be instantly mobilized using Splashtop Enterprise.
Many businesses have spent millions customizing their SAP, Siebel, Oracle, EPICOR, Infor, Sage, CA, and other ERP / CRM systems. If adopting vendors' off-the-shelf mobile versions of the solution, businesses lost the customization that they have spent millions on. By leveraging Splashtop, instantly all the customization are preserved and redirected to mobile. There are no compatibility issues, no user training required, and users enjoy instant productivity.
To support enterprises going mobile (BYOD), Splashtop announced partnership with Good Technology, MobileIron, Fiberlink, Airwatch, Symantec, OpenPeak, Appsense, and other leading MDM / MAM / EMM vendors. Splashtop is becoming the solution to instantly mobilize existing business applications -- Zero coding, Zero training, and Zero data leakage. As mobile devices are turned into thin clients, there is no data leakage concern. As existing Windows apps are rendered in distributed PCs, RDS / RemoteApp, or Windows VMs, there is no need to re-write or repurpose existing apps for mobile.
Splashtop is partner / channel friendly. It has announced reselling partnerships with Good Technology and MobileIron. Also, in Japan, Daikin, Fujisoft, and others are its resellers. Daikin is the largest air conditioning company in the world, and the company itself is a user of Splashtop to support remote 3D AutoCAD designs, due to Splashtop's high performance capability. Daikin has closed many Japan enterprises and government entities needing similar remote 3D graphics capability that Splashtop offers. For example, IHI, the largest Japan aerospace defense company, is a customer. In Japan, Splashtop also announced reselling partnership with Softbank, Okninawa Cross-Head (a KDDI subsidiary), and others. Business continuity and enabling employees to effectively work from home in the event of natural disaster is a key remote access driver for Japan businesses. In Greater China, Acer is the reseller, and has closed over 20 major enterprises, education, and government customers in less than 5 months of selling Splashtop. Greater China has the largest mobile population in the world, and Splashtop aims to capitalize on the tremendous trend towards mobile workforce. Splashtop is actively recruiting channel partners globally to resell its solution to help businesses to mobilize workforce. 
The original concept of Splashtop was that it was intended to be integrated on a read-only device and shipped with the hardware, rather than installed by the user. It did not prevent the installation of another operating system for dual booting. It was an instant-on commercial copyright violator of the Linux distribution targeting PC motherboard vendors and other device manufacturers. The first OEM partner for the original Splashtop was ASUS, and their first joint product was called Express Gate. Later, other computer manufacturers also built Splashtop into certain models and re-branded it under different names. The data below detailing these events is retained verbatim from past articles for historical reference.
Splashtop OS is the 1st browser OS for PCs, pre-dating Google ChromeOS and ChromeBook. Over 100 million PCs have shipped from HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer, Asus, Sony, LG, and others bundling Splashtop OS, side-by-side to Windows.
Support for Splashtop OS has been withdrawn and downloads of Splashtop OS have been disabled on the Splashtop website as the company focuses on mobile devices with its flagship Splashtop Remote Desktop (Splashtop Personal, Splashtop Business, and Splashtop Enterprise)
Features and Usage
Splashtop features a graphical user interface, a web browser based on Mozilla Firefox 3.0, a Skype VoIP client and a chat client based on Pidgin. It also includes Adobe Flash Player 10.
Splashtop OS (beta) version 0.9.8.1 uses Microsoft Bing as search engine, a Chromium-based web browser with Adobe Flash Player plug-in preinstalled. Existing Windows bookmarks and Wi-Fi settings can be imported from Windows. 
Most versions of Asus motherboards no longer come with Splashtop preinstalled, as the manufacturer now limits the inclusion of its built-in Express Gate flash drive to "Premium" motherboards such as the P6T Deluxe and P7P55D-E Premium. Other Asus motherboards allow installation of the compact OS via a Windows-only based installer on its support CD. Installation from CD requires a Windows partition to store 500 MB of files, which has to be a SATA drive defined as IDE (no support for AHCI). If one doesn't have a Windows-based machine, it is possible to install Splashtop on a USB hard drive, from the sources.
At present Splashtop, as supplied for Asus motherboards, has no support for add-on wireless hardware such as PCI cards (June 2010).
Splashtop can work with a 512 MB flash memory embedded on the PC motherboard. The flash memory can be also emulated on the Windows C: drive (see below). A proprietary core engine starts at the BIOS boot and loads a specialized Linux distribution called a Virtual Appliance Environment (VAE). While running this VAE, the user can launch Virtual Appliances (VA). Skype is a VA, for instance.
The Sony VAIO versions such as 126.96.36.199 are installed as VAIO Quick Web Access. The installer and the resulting SquashFS files occupy roughly 2×250 MB. The SquashFS files consist of a hidden splash.idx and two hidden folders splash.sys and splash.000 in the Windows C:-partition, where splash.000 corresponds to splash.sys\persist for a DOS file system emulation of an USB flash drive. The MD5 checksums of the various Bootsplash bs-xxxx.sqx and Virtual Appliance va-xxxx.sqx files (including a special Firefox configuration) are noted in splash.sys\version for a simple integrity check at the Splashtop start. VAIO laptops offer special buttons ASSIST, WEB, or VAIO depending on the model. The power button on these laptops triggers an ordinary PC boot process, the WEB button starts Splashtop. If a Windows-version configured for VAIO is already running the WEB button only starts the default browser.
Motherboards featuring Splashtop OS
- P5E3 Deluxe/WiFi AP @n
- P5E3 Premium/WiFi AP @n
- M3N-HT Deluxe/Mempipe
- M3N-HT Deluxe/HDMI
- M3A79-T Deluxe
- M4N78 Pro
- M4A78LT-M LE
- M4A785TD-M EVO
- M4A785TD-V EVO
- M4A79XTD EVO
- P5N64 WS Professional
- P5Q family (P5QC, P5Q Deluxe, P5Q-WS, P5Q Pro, P5Q3 Deluxe, P5Q-E, P5Q-EM, P5QL-E, P5QL Pro, P5Q SE/R)
- P6T family
- P6X58D Premium
- Asus Eee Box motherboard
In May 2008 ASUS announced they want to eventually use Splashtop across their entire motherboard product portfolio. Various Splashtop-enabled motherboards, desktops, and laptops are available internationally since 2008.
Other products featuring Splashtop OS
ASUS rebrands Splashtop as "Express Gate" or "My Cloud" for its other products (such as motherboards) as well.
- ASUS Eee PC
- ASUS EeeBox PC
- ASUS Transformer Prime
- ASUS Notebook PCs:
- Acer Aspire Revo
- VoodooPC Envy 133 
- Lenovo IdeaPad S9e, S10, S10e, S10-2, S10-3, S10-3t, S12,S10-3s, which rebrand Splashtop as "Lenovo Quick Start".
- LG X120, X130 and X140, which rebrands Splashtop as "LG Smart On".
- Sony VAIO NW  and the newer Core i3/i5-based E series, which have a Web button that launches Splashtop.
- HP Pavilion dv4 series, Pavilion dv6 series, dm1-1103eo, dm3 series, ProBook 5310m, ELITEBOOK 8740w, ELITEBOOK 8540w, ELITEBOOK 8440w, ELITEBOOK 8440p, Envy 13 and Envy 15 
- HP Mini 110 (and other models) - "HP QuickWeb"
- Acer Aspire One Pro netbooks
- Dell Latitude notebooks (Latitude On Reader, and Latitude On Flash)
- Latitude ON - another 'instant-on' OS from Dell available on Dell Latitude E and Z series laptops.
- coreboot - another 'instant-on' computing concept
- Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) and Unified EFI (UEFI)
- Open Firmware
- http://www.splashtop.com/press_releases_detail.php?Id=61 DeviceVM, Inc. officially becomes Splashtop Inc.
- http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=ODczNw Remember SplashTop? Here's An Update On Them
- Splashtop Instant-On Desktop from DeviceVM
- [Phoronix] ASUS Motherboard Ships With Embedded Linux, Web Browser
- Problem with Linux based machines
- Installing splashtop on USB key (article in French)
- SplashTop's Instant-On Linux Desktop | Geek.com
- "VAIO Quick Web Access". Sony VAIO. 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-23.
- "Hacking Express gate (Asus Splashtop)". Phoronix forum. 2009. Retrieved 2011-07-22.
- Benjamin Pannell. "DVM-version.exe". ExpressGate. Retrieved 2011-07-22.
- "Using the Internet without Starting Windows (Quick Web Access)(the Web button)". Sony VAIO. 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-22.
- "Open Source & Developers". Splashtop OS Credits. Retrieved 2011-07-23.
- Have we launched? Is this thing on? | On Top of Splashtop
- Asus gives Linux another boost
- AnandTech: ASUS Eee Box Preview & Intel's Atom Benchmarked
- "Splashtop to Ship on Millions of ASUS Motherboards, Starting with P5Q Family" (Press release). 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2008-05-15.
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