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Cotton Candy: The USB Sized ARM PC That Runs Ubuntu

A quad-core computer the size of a USB stick.

A few years ago that would’ve sounded like a pipe-dream, but today it’s a reality.

‘Cotton Candy’

‘Cotton Candy’ is a USB-sized computer capable of turning a monitor into a fully-fledged PC; a HDMI TV into a smart TV, and aMac or Windows laptop into a multi-OS beast.

cotton candy USB computer

Price wise thedevelopersFXI Tech are aiming to badge the product with a sub-$200 price-tag.

Of the device they makers say: –

“The Cotton Candy …allows users a single, secure point of access to all personal cloud services and apps through their favorite operating system, while delivering a consistent experience on any screen. The device will serve as a companion to smartphones, tablets, and notebook PC and Macs, as well add smart capabilities to existing displays, TVs, set top boxes and other media that supports USB mass storage.”

Although the Cotton Candy is currently only a prototype device, the makers expect to see it delivered to market in 2012.I suspect that interest in such a low-cost, low-power and highlyversatile device is going to be strong.

Specs

  • Supports Ubuntu, Android,Virtualization client for Windows, Linux, Mac, embedded
  • Dual-core ARM A9 Cortex @1.2Ghz with TrustZone and Neon extensions
  • Quad-core GPU with720p / 1080p OpenGL ES v2.0
  • 1GB DRAM
  • Wifi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • MicroSD slot for storage
  • USB 2.0 male form factor for power and connection
  • HDMI 2.1 with audio for connection

More Information

Further information on the Cotton Candy can be found @fxitech.com/products