The Xi3 Corporation presented their new modular computer design during the CES Unveiled preview to International CES on November 9 and said it may be the last computer you’ll ever have to buy.
The justification for the claim lies in the architecture of the system. Since it is modular, it is easy to switch out, upgrade, or modify the hardware, and the actual size and design of the system makes it potentially long-lasting as well.
The entire outer aluminum casing measures in at an incredible (less than) four inches on each side, making it even smaller than the Apple Mac Mini, which is 7.7 inches on each side. Of course, the Mac Mini is thinner, as it isn’t a cubed design like Xi3’s.
Xi3 is designing the system to be customizable and compatible with six different U.S. patents all dealing with robust/modular CPUs, and the motherboard is broken into three separate boards for ease of switching the logic boards.
The design is customizable from the get-go. The highest-powered dual-core processor available is the Athlon Dual-core 3400E; Xi3 also offers differing hard drive options, both internal and external. Other customizable options include:
- Z3RO Module (a companion product that allows processor connectivity from up to three different computers)
- Nine different colors or $15 more for chrome
- Softouch upgrade
- Differing monitor options up to 27”
- Windows 7 or Linux SUSE operating system
More choices will be added in the future when time comes closer to the release date, around the first quarter of 2011. The bare-boned system with all the standard configurations will retail at just over $800 in stores.