[ale] FXI Tech's "Cotton Candy" available for preorder

Byron Jeff byronjeff at mail.clayton.edu
Wed Feb 29 11:55:25 EST 2012

On Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 07:53:36AM -0700, Crawford Rainwater wrote:
> FXI (http://www.fxitech.com/) is preparing to launch the Cotton Candy, a tiny computer that looks like a USB thumb drive. The device, which can run either Ubuntu or Android 4.0, has a dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a Mali 400MP GPU that allows it to decode high-definition video.
> It has a USB plug on one side, which is used to power the system, and an HDMI plug on the other side, which allows it to be plugged into a display. It also has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth radios for connectivity and supporting input devices. The system can boot standalone and operate as a complete computer when plugged into a display. It is also possible to plug the Cotton Candy into a conventional computer and boot from it like you would from a regular USB mass storage device.
> Looks like the price will be US$199 + tax + S/H and expected to ship in March.  
> I be curious to see if they go the Ubuntu on Android route eventually.  Thoughts and comments from others?  Anyone interested in test driving such?

With the Raspberry Pi having similar size, computing, and video specs, two worldwide distributors
(Farnell and RS Components), and a under $50 price point, I'm wondering if
the product above will have any real ability to compete.


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Byron A. Jeff
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College of Information and Mathematical Sciences
Clayton State University

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