What it is:
Whether you prefer tablets or laptops, the PC has just gotten even smaller. FXI has launched a thumb drive sized PC that runs Linux Ubuntu, an open source OS, or you can opt to run Android 4.0. The PC has a USB plug on one side to power it and on the other side an HDMI port for your display. The small PC includes WiFi and Bluetooth for internet connectivity and Bluetooth input devices.
Though small in size the computing power is impressive. It has 1GB of RAM and a Mali 400MP GPU capable of decoding high-definition video. The stick can be run as a stand-alone computer or plugged into a computer and booted the same way as any other USB storage device. Below are the full specs of this full functioning thumb PC.
- Quad Core ARM Mali 400MP Graphics Processing Unit
- Wi-fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
- 1GB DRAM
- Up to 64GB memory local storage (microSD)
- Operating Systems supported: Android Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich and Ubuntu
- Virtualization client for Windows, Linux, Mac, embedded
- Video / Audio / Media Support:
- 480p/720p/1080p decode of MPEG4-SP/H.263/H.264 AVC/MPEG-2/VC1
- MP3, AAC, AAC+, Real Audio
- JPG, GIF, BMP, PNG
- Additional video, audio and image formats can be supported through 3rd party codecs
- USB 2.0 male form factor for power and connection to devices that support USB mass storage
- HDMI 2.1 with audio for connection to devices that do not support USB mass storage
FXI’s Cotton Candy will be available in different colors to match your personal preference. As mobile technology advances, more compact computing solutions are expected in the future.
Currently the Cotton Candy PC is only available on pre-order. The price is $199 excluding tax and shipping and is available on FXI’s website. This is the first of its kind however, it is expected that the future of thumb sized computing will become increasingly popular. With smaller technology leading the way for consumers, it won’t be long until everyone will be carrying their computers on their key chains.
Jeremy Thompson is a Linux content contributor and programmer that suggests the latest Fedora Download for those looking for an alternative to Windows.