Read this interesting article in a Norwegian newspaper today.
Just plug the PC Stick in to any suitable screen with a HDMI socket and you have a PC. Even better,plug it in to your laptop and you have a complete Android PC on board.
Complete PC on a stick
A Norwegian company is attracting international attention with the PC to the memory stick.
FXI Technologies has created a tiny PC in a USB stick. The machine, code-named Cotton Candy, has a USB connector on one end and an HDMI output for connection to monitor
at the other end.
Each screen is a PC
All you need is a little power to the USB port, and a smart phone
or a bluetooth mouse and keyboard, then any screen with HDMI input will become a small computer, including TV and computer monitors.
- Functionality, both of today's devices are often limited to the size of the screen used. We have turned things upside down, eliminated the screen and deliver the power of a PC and the internet
to any video, says Borgar Ljosland, founder and CEO of FXI Technologies to Computer World.
It can also be plugged directly into the USB port on your Mac ellerPC, and you get a little Android machine up on the screen.
Based on ARM
In the middle sits the computer itself, which consists of an ARM Cortex A9 main processor with two cores at 1.2GHz and 1GB of internal memory. An ARM processor with four cores delivers the graphics. This is more than enough for the little computer to decode and display video in full HD.
The operating system is Android 2.3, but the company is working to upgrade to the latest Android version (Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich), before the launch.
The unit also has a memory card reader that can take Micro SD memory cards of up to 64 gigabytes in addition to support for line unlocked networks and Bluetooth.
The machine can be controlled via smart phone
or bluetooth mouse and keyboard.
Another version of the tiny PC is also under development, and this will use the Linux
variant Ubuntu operating system. Mr.Ljosland says there are still a few details about this that is not clarified yet.
Coming in 2012
Currently, Cotton Candy at the prototype stage, and is therefore available only to a small range of partners and developers working with FXI.
- We will advertise the availability at the beginning of next year, says Ljosland.
He adds that the response of the prototype has been very positive, and that he is looking forward to getting the product out to people.
Reputable news sites like Wired and technology blog Engadget wrote about the little computer of the Norwegian company.
- I have never seen such response before. All the comments we have received has been positive, says Ljosland.
is not set, but is expected to be below 200 dollars.