Cotton Candy USB Device FXI Technologies

This post adds another scope to the types of content available on this website. It belongs in the Hardware Profiles category, and coverage will be about computing devices, sans smart phones, that runs or can run any Linux distribution, including Android and webOS.

The device that made the first post in this category is Cotton Candy, a USB stick-sized computing device being developed by FXI Technologies, a technology startup based in Trondheim, Norway. It is being marketed as an any screen companion device designed to give consumers a consistent digital experience “from screen to screen.”

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For a device of its size, the hardware specs are pretty impressive. It is powered by the ARM Cortex™-A9 processor humming at 1.2 GHz, and a Quad Core ARM® Mali™-400MP Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), with a 1 GB DRAM. It also features wireless (b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR connectivity.

It sports a USB 2.0, HDMI 2.1 connectors and a microSD slot, and can handle a wide range of audio, image and video formats. To top it off, it can run Android or Ubuntu.

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Cotton Candy USB Device FXI Technologies

The device has several potential uses, but the draw for me is the ability to run Android without a tablet. Run Android without a tablet! Now, that would be cool. It is available to developers in limited quantities, and slated to hit the market in Q3 2012. For more information, visit fxitech.com.

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  1. The sad aspect of this potentially new approach and product from HP, is that if the SlateBookX2 mobile device is even reasonably successful in sales, particularly as against the Microsoft Surface tablets, HP will assuredly abandon the product at the behest or strong demand, however you like to phrase it, from Microsoft.

    HP’s record in this type behavior is legendany and disturbing.

    1. Well, considering that Microsoft makes more money from Android than from Windows Mobile, I don’t think Balmer will want to kill the goose that’s bringing in the $$.

  2. If I can get Linux on it with full hardware support (or near enough) including accelerated graphics, then this would be exactly what I’ve been looking for. I’d love to be able to dual boot Android and Linux, or perhaps better yet, run an Android environment on top of Linux (without needing another virtual machine underneath the Dalvik one). I can dream anyway.

    If this ends up not being possible, then some new Bay Trail based hardware or one of the recently announced AMD SoCs might be in my future. At least these x86 based designs are bound to have good Linux hardware support. My AMD C60 based netbook is not terrible, but I’m hoping for a better power/battery usage ratio in the future.

    1. I was disappointed when they abandoned WebOS, but this is a good thing. It would have been better if they had stuck with WebOS and build hardware like this for it.

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