Nettops sind klein, ich denke da stimmen wir alle ueberein, aber neu ist der Formfaktor nicht. Mini-ITX und Nano-ITX Systeme sind besonders im industriellen Bereich seit Anfang des Jahrtausend Standard und im Grunde genommen basieren die jetzigen Nettops auf diesen Plattformen. Was Xi3 aber jetzt vorgestellt hat, ist nicht nur innovativ, sondern einfach mal richtig beeindruckend, auch wenn dieser Mini-PC wohl kaum den Weg auf den Endkunden-Markt finden wird. In dem kleinen Aluminium Wuerfel sind 3 winzige Motherboards untergebracht, wobei das eine CPU und RAM aufnimmt, das 2. mit der GPU und das 3. mit saemtlichen Ports und Anschluessen ausgestattet ist. Ab $850 geht es los und dafuer bekommt ihr dann einen 1.8Ghz AMD Athlon 64, 2GB RAM und 8GB Flash-Speicher. Ein Betriebssystem kommt dann aber noch extra!
Xi3 Corporation Unveils the Xi3 Modular Computer
Winner of a CES 2011 Innovations Award in the Computer Hardware Category, the cube-like
Xi3 Modular Computer measures less than 4-inches per side, is powered by
dual core processors and may be „the last computer you ever need to buy“
SALT LAKE CITY – November 10, 2010 – Xi3® Corporation today announced its Xi3 Modular Computer™, a truly new approach to personal computing.
Showcased last night for the first time to journalists and analysts at the CES [email protected] Showcase and Networking Reception in New York City, the Xi3 Modular Computer was named by the Consumer Electronics Association as an Innovations Award Winner in the Computer Hardware Category for the 2011 International CES trade show.
Measuring less than 4-inches per side, powered by dual core processors, yet requiring less than 20 Watts to operate, the Xi3 Modular computer is a small cube-like computer that is (as its name suggests) completely modular in nature. The Xi3 Modular Computer is supported by six issued U.S. patents and utilizes the Xi3 computer architecture which divides the classic motherboard into three separate boards:
* One board that houses the processors and RAM, and
* Two additional I/O boards to handle all connectivity and input/output requirements.
Each Xi3 board can be quickly removed, modified and/or replaced. Additionally, the Xi3 design makes it very easy to connect new external devices to the Xi3 Modular Computer.
„We reject the concept that computers should have a useful life of only two to four years,“ said Jason A. Sullivan, President and CEO of Xi3 Corporation. „Instead we believe that computers should be upgradeable and updateable over and over and over again, and that’s how we’ve designed the Xi3 Modular Computer, making it (potentially) the last computer you ever need to buy.“
Xi3 Modular Computer Design
The Xi3 architectural design houses the three boards within a strong yet lightweight aluminum cube that is small enough for almost any embedded solution, yet is supremely functional for both office and home use. Additionally, the aluminum casing of the Xi3 Modular Computer serves as a type of heatsink, while the flow-through design and the placement of the processors within the computer combine to help mitigate and dissipate heat blooms inside the enclosure itself. Three of the external sides of the aluminum casing also host separate universal mounting slides, making it simple to mount an Xi3 Modular Computer to almost anything, anywhere.
Pricing and Availability
Retail priced at less than $1,000, the Xi3 Modular Computer is available in limited supplies today for evaluation and proofs-of-concept purposes. General mass market availability is slated for early 2011, with other Xi3 products slated for introduction throughout 2011. Xi3 Corporation will exhibit in Booth #26003 in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the 2011 International CES tradeshow January 6-9, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
About Xi3 Corporation
Formed in 2010 and headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Xi3 Corporation has brought a new type of computing to the world – modular computing, initially in the form of the Xi3 Modular Computer. For more information on Xi3 Corporation (an ISYS Technologies company), please visit www.Xi3.org.
About ISYS Technologies, Inc.
Formed in 2002 headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, ISYS Technologies is an intellectual property management company.
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Xi3 and Modular Computer are trademarks of Isys Technologies, Inc. ISYS Technologies is a servicemark of ISYS Technologies, Inc.
Quelle und Hands On Pics: Engadget