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Will Your Next Computer Be The Size Of A Pack Of Gum?

February 28, 2012

Despite its lightweight name, Cotton Candy, your next computer may be the size of a USB thumb drive and pack a hefty punch, reports Vincent Chang for CNET.

FXI Technologies, a Norway-based hardware and software startup, is preparing to launch the tiny computer that can run either Ubuntu or Android 4.0,  and features a dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a Mali 400MP GPU that allows it to decode high-definition video.

“The world is anxiously awaiting Cotton Candy´s release,” said Borgar Ljosland, CEO and founder of FXI. “We´ve had interest in the any screen computer for everything from portable set top box gaming and entertainment to mobile any screen computing, in addition to a host of specialized medical, automotive and other applications.”

“The size, raw horsepower and combined HDMI, USB and MicroUSB connectivity bring unprecedented flexibility to the portable market. ”

On display at this week´s Mobile World Congress tradeshow, Cotton Candy is the world´s first any screen cloud computer, weighing only 21 grams. Its unique architecture will allow the device to serve as an ideal companion to smartphones, tablets, notebook PCs and Macs as well as will add smart capabilities to existing displays, set top boxes and game consoles.

It is powered by a USB plug on one side and an HDMI plug on the other side, which allows it to be plugged into a display, writes ArsTechnica´s Paul Ryan. It also has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth radios for connectivity and supporting input devices. The system can boot standalone and operate as a complete computer when plugged into a display.

It´s also possible to plug the Cotton Candy into a conventional computer and boot from it like you would from a regular USB mass storage device.

FXI announced today that the Cotton Candy is available for preorder. The standard retail price is $199 and is expected to ship in March. The small form factor and relatively high specs make the product seem like a compelling choice for enthusiasts who are looking for an ultra-compact Linux system.

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