Dual-core Android PC in USB Thumb drive

With Tegra 3, you would be able to carry a PC-level power in your pocket, but what if you could carry a powerful PC in a thumb drive.

FXI technologies has prepared a USB stick-sized portable computer prototype, powered by a dual-core 1.2-GHz Samsung Exynos ARM CPU (same as in the Galaxy S II), 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI-out and a microSD card slot for memory. Its merely 21 gram and enables “Any Screen Computing,” the ability to turn any TV, laptop, phone, tablet, or set-top box into a dumb terminal for its Android operating system.

Cotton Candy has a USB 2.0 connector on one end and an HDMI jack on the other. When connected to an HDTV, it uses the HDMI port for video, the USB for power, and Bluetooth to connect to a keyboard, mouse, or tablet for controlling the operating system. The device outputs 1080p from its Android 2.3 operating system and is powerful enough to play 1080p video or stream HD clips from the Web.


When USB is connected to a PC / Mac, you can launch Cotton Candy’s Android environment in a secure window while you use your desktop OS outside the window. You can even transfer files between your notebook’s native OS, just like you would do with USB pen drive.

The device will be able to connect to tablets, smartphones, and even set top boxes via USB or Bluetooth. It will be able to turn even an iPhone or an iPad into a terminal for its environment – Android running on iPhone!

Ideally, it should be connected with a USB hub to connect directly to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse to launch its OS. Its a good thing to have on the go, while you are at work or office.

Future versions of Cotton candy would run ARM flavors of Linux like Ubuntu and even ARM version of Windows 8. USB 3, and Tegra 3 are also in the queue.

There’s no price for Cotton Candy yet but when produced in the market, would be less than $200. Awesome deal for PC ont he go.

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