Cotton Candy (single-board computer)

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Cotton Candy
Common manufacturersARM Holdings
Design firmFXI Technologies
IntroducedCotton Candy
November 17, 2011 (2011-11-17)[1][2]
Cost~US$199 ERP
TypeSingle-board computer
ProcessorSamsung Exynos 4210
Frequency1.2 GHz
Memory1 GB DRAM
CoprocessorMali-400 MP GPU
Hardware Audio / Video Decoder
Thumb-2 inst. set
Jazelle DBX
Jazelle RCT
TrustZone CESA
PortsHDMI 1.3a
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
USB 2.0 host/device
Micro USB
MicroSD SDXC slot
Weight21 g (0.74 oz)
Dimensions80 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").


Cotton Candy is a low-power ARM architecture CPU based computer which uses dual-core processors such as the 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 13 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 16 of July 2014, FXI declared bankruptcy.[18][citation needed]


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, 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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  1. ^ "FXI's Cotton Candy could turn every screen you own into a cloud client". Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  2. ^ "FXI Technology Cotton Candy Cstick - PC & Network Downloads -". Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  3. ^ [%= data.comment.created_on %]. "FXI's Cotton Candy: it's a dual-core Android PC on a USB stick (hands-on pictures)". The Verge. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  4. ^ Wong, George (2011-11-18). "FXI Cotton Candy is Android on a USB stick". Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  5. ^ a b "FXI's Cotton Candy gets a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich and Ubuntu, we go hands-on". 2012-01-10. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  6. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-14. Retrieved 2012-01-11.
  7. ^ "FXI Cotton Candy Demo: More Power than You Can Shake a (Thumb) Stick at". Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  8. ^ "Cotton Candy: Funny Name, Dual-core Android on a USB Stick". Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  9. ^ "USB stick packs ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, runs Android or Ubuntu - News - Linux for Devices". Archived from the original on 2012-09-05. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  10. ^ "FXI Introduces Cotton Candy – Dual-core Android Device Inside a USB Stick". 2011-11-18. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  11. ^ Lee, Kevin (2011-11-18). "Meet Cotton Candy, the Dual-Core Android USB Device". PCWorld. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  12. ^ Julian Horsey (2011-11-18). "FXI Cotton Candy USB Stick Transforms Any Screen In To An Android System". Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  13. ^ "FXI's Cotton Candy- USB Device with Difference". 2011-11-21. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  14. ^ "Samsung readies dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 SoC with GPS - News - Linux for Devices". Archived from the original on 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  15. ^ Udalov, Alexander. "FXI Demos Ubuntu and Android 4.0 on its Cotton Candy USB Device - Mobile Magazine". Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  16. ^ Schulman, Jacob (2012-01-10). "FXI Technologies' Cotton Candy: Android 4.0 and Ubuntu on the world's smallest PC (hands-on)". The Verge. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-22. Retrieved 2012-09-19.
  18. ^ "Announcements - The Brřnnřysund Register Centre". Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  19. ^ Miller, Michael J. (2012-01-04). "The Last Gadget Standing at CES 2012". Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  20. ^ Raskin, Robin (2011-12-09). "10 Finalists". Last Gadget Standing. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  21. ^ "Tech Events - CES, CTIA, Computex, Mobile World Congress, and More". Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-15. Retrieved 2012-01-12.

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