Scaling down of chips was always supposed to be one of the driving forces for more technological innovations, but in the recent past, design challenges more or less stunted its impact. This time around, it reached an even greater height as Norwegian company, FXI Technologies announced their latest gadget, a USB drive. Wait, USB drive and technology scaling? Well, it’s the 'contents' of this pen drive that are of worthy mention.
Dual core computer in that!
Codenamed Cotton Candy, the prototype USB device is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Samsung Exynos ARM CPU and runs Google’s Android operating system. Connectivity options have been covered as well with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI-out and a microSD car slot. All you need now, is a display and it can be either an HDTV, or a Mac or Windows PC. HDMI obviously connects it to the TV. The Bluetooth option allows users to connect a keyboard and a mouse, thus giving you your makeshift PC, wherever you go. Connect it to a computer via the USB and you can use Android inside a secure window on top of your Mac or Windows OS. Pricing or availability details haven’t been disclosed yet, but if this one sells cheap, it’s going to sell like hot cakes.
At 21 grams and that size, portability is definitely one of the key USPs of this device. But, what does this imply? Simply put it, we now know that mobile devices need only that much space to get a fully functional dual-core computer powering them. This will definitely enable future mobiles, laptops and even tablets to perform much faster, whilst making them shrink noticeably as well.
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