9 itsy-bitsy, teeny-weenie computers
No, they're not bikinis, but just as exciting
By Howard Wen | Network World US | Published: 17:35, 23 July 2012
There’s a 'tiny' revolution unfolding in the personal computer industry led by the Raspberry Pi, which has become so popular that it’s difficult to buy one right now. The idea of small computers is being driven by hardware hackers and hobbyists. Here are eight products, and a project in development, that are leading the effort to make PCs small enough to slip into your pocket.
Cotton Candy by FXI Tech
FXI is positioning its tiny computer to excel at showing high-resolution video, especially on large-sized displays connected to its HDMI port. Cotton Candy runs on an Exynos 4210, a 1.2 GHz system-on-chip processor that can crank out video at 1080p resolution without slowdown, and this whole computer is contained in a form factor measuring only 3.15 by 0.98 inches (80 by 25 mm). FXI has demonstrated the Cotton Candy running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and Ubuntu. The one drawback is that this tiny computer doesn’t come with a tiny price: $199. The company intends to ship to buyers in the US who pre-ordered in February by the end of summer.