[lug] FXI Tech's "Cotton Candy" available for preorder

Crawford Rainwater crawford.rainwater at linux-etc.com
Wed Feb 29 07:50:23 MST 2012

FXI (http://www.fxitech.com/) is preparing to launch the Cotton Candy, a tiny computer that looks like a USB thumb drive. The device, which can run either Ubuntu or Android 4.0, has a dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a Mali 400MP GPU that allows it to decode high-definition video.

It has a USB plug on one side, which is used to power the system, and an HDMI plug on the other side, which allows it to be plugged into a display. It also has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth radios for connectivity and supporting input devices. The system can boot standalone and operate as a complete computer when plugged into a display. It is also possible to plug the Cotton Candy into a conventional computer and boot from it like you would from a regular USB mass storage device.

Looks like the price will be US$199 + tax + S/H and expected to ship in March.  

I be curious to see if they go the Ubuntu on Android route eventually.  Thoughts and comments from others?  Anyone interested in test driving such?

--- Crawford

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