Zero clients refer to a device with an embedded Teradici PCoIP chip that allows the device to immediately boot to the VMware View Client without the need for an underlying OS. Zero clients do not have a writeable system partition, nor a hard disk for that matter. Instead, zero clients boot off of a chipset embedded into the device.
This section specifically highlights Teradici PCoIP-powered devices as it is the author's opinion that other zero clients on the market that do not adopt the PCoIP model are destined for obsolescence. At the very least, they will likely not have the same levels of adoption within the VMware ecosystem.
A few examples of zero clients are as follows: