When Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore noted in a 1965 paper that the number of components on integrated circuit boards would double every year, we wonder if this is what he envisioned as the end point. On Friday, November 18, a Norwegian company called FXI Technologies unveiled its latest creation: a USB drive with a dual-core computer packed inside.
Codenamed the Cotton Candy (at 21 grams it weighs as much as a bag of the candy), the computer is powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz Samsung Exynos ARM CPU and runs a version of Google's Android operating system. It also sports wi-fi, Bluetooth, and a HDMI-out port, and a MicroSD card slot.
The Cotton Candy can be used either on a HDTV or a Mac or Windows computer. When The HDMI port is used with a TV, the USB port is used to power it, while Bluetooth is used to attach a keyboard and mouse. When used with a computer, you plug in the USB end and run the Android OS inside a secure window while your Mac OS X or Windows OS runs in the background.
There's no word on pricing yet. Future versions will have USB 3.0 and faster processors able to run more robust operating systems like Ubuntu and the ARM version of Windows 8.