updated 03:40 pm EDT, Mon May 23, 2011
Xi3 to ship modular ChromiumPC on July 4
Xi3 has adapted its modular PC to run on Chrome OS, becoming the first desktop system to do so. Called ChromiumPC, it sports a processor module and two I/O boards that are quickly and easily swapped. The dual-core computer uses just 20W of power and was in development since 2009, its maker said.
Primary and secondary I/O modules for the device are being developed as a result of consumer feedback, the company adds, with third parties developing them as well. Its architecture supports any x86-based operating systems such as Windows, Linux, Unix and other open-source software. Running other systems requires swapping out one of the three boards. The processor module holds the CPU and RAM with the primary I/O module holding most of the communications ports, while the secondary module gets Ethernet, video and power connections.
Technical details aren't complete, with Xi3 offering only that it will be powered by a dual- or single-core 64-bit, x86-based processor. Multiple chassis colors will be offered, including chrome plating.
The ChromiumPC is expected to arrive on July 4, with pricing to be released before then.