FXI has demonstrated Ubuntu/Linux and Android Ice Cream Sandwich for the first time at the Showstoppers Media Event at CES 2012.
Cotton Candy is a prototype USB stick equipped with an ARM Cortex-A9 (1GHz) CPU from Samsung, an ARM Mali-400 MP (Quad-core, 1.2GHz) GPU, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, HDMI output and the Android operating system. It decodes MPEG-4, H.264 and other video formats and display HD graphics on any HDMI equipped screen. Content can be controlled via smartphones, keyboards, mice and other USB peripherals.
The device will serve as a technology bridge between any display, the Cloud, and any input peripheral, the company said.
“One of the major benefits of the Cotton Candy device is its versatility,” said Borgar Ljosland, Founder and CEO of FXI Technologies. “By demonstrating two new operating systems on a variety of screens from PCs, to Macs to TVs, we further show the flexibility of the world’s smallest computer.”
Cotton Candy will allow users a single, secure point of access to all personal Cloud services and apps through their favorite operating system, while delivering a consistent experience on any screen through its USB and HDMI connections. The device will serve as a companion to smartphones, tablets, notebook PC and Macs, as well as add smart capabilities to existing displays, TVs, set top boxes and game consoles.
FXI recently chose to move to Ubuntu as its main development environment and is transitioning to using Cotton Candy as its main desktop computing platform. In order to do this, FXI leveraged the Linaro for ARM open software and tools and lits access to the ARM Mali Graphics software development ecosystem.