Cotton Candy (single-board computer)

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Cotton Candy
Common manufacturers ARM Holdings
Design firm FXI Technologies
Introduced Cotton Candy
November 17, 2011 (2011-11-17)[1][2]
Cost ~US$199 ERP
Type Single-board computer
Processor Samsung Exynos 4210
Frequency 1.2 GHz
Memory 1 GB DRAM
Coprocessor Mali-400 MP GPU
VFPv3 (VFP/FPU)
NEON SIMDHardware Audio / Video Decoder
Thumb-2 inst. set
Jazelle DBX
Jazelle RCT
TrustZone CESA
Ports HDMI 1.3a
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
USB 2.0 host/device
Micro USB
MicroSD SDXC slot
Weight 21 g (0.74 oz)
Dimensions 80 mm (3.1 in) (h)
25 mm (0.98 in) (w)
10 mm (0.39 in) (d)

The Cotton Candy is a very small, fanless single-board computer on a stick, putting the full functions of a personal computer on a device the size of a USB memory stick, manufactured by the Norwegian-based hardware and software for-profit startup company FXI Technologies (also referred to as just "FXI Tech").

Overview[edit]

Cotton Candy is a low-power ARM architecture CPU based computer, using a dual-core 1.2 GHz Exynos 4210 (45 nm ARM Cortex-A9 with 1MB L2 cache) SoC (System on a chip) by Samsung, featuring a quad-core 200 MHz ARM Mali-400 MP GPU OpenGL ES 2.0 capable 2D/3D graphics processing unit, an Audio and Video Decoder hardware engine, and TrustZone (Security Extensions) Cryptographic Engine and Security Accelerator (CESA) co-processor. The platform is said to be able to stream and decode H.264 1080p content, and be able to use desktop class interfaces such as KDE or GNOME under Linux.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15]

FXI Technologies claims it will run both Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and the latest Ubuntu Desktop Linux operating systems, leveraging Linaro builds and Linux kernel optimizations.[5][6][16]

As of the 13th of September 2012, FXI started to ship to those that pre-ordered devices. At the time of writing (November 2013), the Cotton Candy is generally available. FXI have also made a Beta android ICS image and Beta Linux image available for download.[17]

On 16th of July 2014, FXI declared bankruptcy.[18]

Reception[edit]

In January 2012 the Cotton Candy made it to the top-10 finalist at the "Last Gadget Standing" new technology competition at CES 2012.[19][20] Also at CES 2012, LaptopMag.com made Cotton Candy a top-10 finalist for its "Readers’ Choice for Best of CES 2012" award.[21] EFYTimes News Network as well named FXI Technologies Cotton Candy a "Top 10 Gadgets Launched @ CES 2012".[22]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.engadget.com/2011/11/17/fxis-cotton-candy-could-turn-every-screen-you-own-into-a-cloud/ FXI's Cotton Candy could turn every screen you own into a cloud client
  2. ^ http://www.fxitech.com/2011/12/fxi-demonstrates-any-screen-connected-computing/ FXI Demonstrates Any Screen Connected Computing
  3. ^ http://www.theverge.com/2011/11/17/2570060/fxis-cotton-candy-usb FXI's Cotton Candy: it's a dual-core Android PC on a USB stick (hands-on pictures)
  4. ^ http://www.ubergizmo.com/2011/11/fxi-cotton-candy/ FXI Cotton Candy is Android on a USB stick
  5. ^ a b http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/10/fxis-cotton-candy-gets-a-taste-of-ubuntu-we-go-hands-on/ FXI's Cotton Candy gets a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich and Ubuntu, we go hands-on
  6. ^ a b http://www.marketwatch.com/story/fxi-demos-two-new-flavors-of-cotton-candy-any-screen-connected-usb-device-ubuntu-and-android-40-2012-01-10 FXI Demos Two New Flavors of Cotton Candy Any Screen Connected USB Device - Ubuntu and Android 4.0
  7. ^ http://www.anandtech.com/show/5353/fxi-cotton-candy-demo-more-power-than-you-can-shake-a-thumb-stick-at FXI Cotton Candy Demo: More Power than You Can Shake a (Thumb) Stick at
  8. ^ http://www.anandtech.com/show/5126/cotton-candy-funny-name-dualcore-android-on-a-usb-stick Cotton Candy: Funny Name, Dual-core Android on a USB Stick
  9. ^ http://archive.is/20120905220012/http://www.linuxfordevices.com/c/a/News/FXI-Technologies-Cotton-Candy/ USB stick packs ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, runs Android or Ubuntu
  10. ^ http://phandroid.com/2011/11/18/fxi-introduces-cotton-candy-dual-core-android-device-inside-a-usb-stick/ FXI Introduces Cotton Candy – Dual-core Android Device Inside a USB Stick
  11. ^ http://www.pcworld.com/article/244278/meet_cotton_candy_the_dualcore_android_usb_device.html Meet Cotton Candy, the Dual-Core Android USB Device
  12. ^ http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/fxi-cotton-candy-usb-stick-transforms-any-screen-in-to-an-android-system-18-11-2011/ FXI Cotton Candy USB Stick Transforms Any Screen In To An Android System
  13. ^ http://www.newgadget.org/cool-gadgets/fxi%E2%80%99s-cotton-candy-usb-device-with-difference/ FXI’s Cotton Candy- USB Device with Difference
  14. ^ http://archive.is/20120904083308/http://www.linuxfordevices.com/c/a/News/Samsung-Exynos-4210/ Samsung readies dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 SoC with GPS
  15. ^ http://www.mobilemag.com/2012/01/11/fxi-demos-ubuntu-and-android-4-0-on-its-cotton-candy-usb-device/ FXI Demos Ubuntu and Android 4.0 on its Cotton Candy USB Device
  16. ^ http://www.theverge.com/2012/1/10/2698102/fxi-technologies-cotton-candy-android-4-ubuntu FXI Technologies' Cotton Candy: Android 4.0 and Ubuntu on the world's smallest PC (hands-on)
  17. ^ http://download.cstick.com
  18. ^ https://www.forvalt.no/konkurs/FirmaDetaljer.aspx?orgnr=989350811&id=492126
  19. ^ http://forwardthinking.pcmag.com/ces/292316-the-last-gadget-standing-at-ces-2012 The Last Gadget Standing at CES 2012
  20. ^ http://lastgadgetstanding.com/2011/12/09/featured/ Last Gadget Standing 10 Finalists
  21. ^ http://blog.laptopmag.com/readers-choice-for-best-of-ces-2012-voting-open-until-112-at-noon-est Readers’ Choice for Best of CES 2012: Voting Open Until 1/12 at Noon EST
  22. ^ http://news.efytimes.com/e1/Top%20%20Gadgets%20Launched%20%20CES/76816 Top 10 Gadgets Launched @ CES 2012

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