Remember Xi3? We chatted with them back at CES about their wild new modular-centric desktop PC idea. If you don’t remember, the company plans to build a desktop where upgrading can be a never-ending process, made easy by sliding different trays into each other.
Need some more storage? Pop in this tray. Want a faster CPU? Pop in that tray. For all the innovation, however, we haven’t seen much out of Xi3 other than attractive designs and interesting theories. With the recent announcement of Google’s ChromeOS, however, Xi3 is looking to change all of that by releasing the ChromiumPC, a Chrome-powered, modular desktop PC.
While the Xi3 platform is designed to support any x86-compatible operating system, such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, or a couple of other options, Xi3 decided to go with Google’s option. Jason Sullivan, the company’s CEO, mentioned that the Chromium PC is “slated” for release on the fourth of July, to coincide with the American holiday of the same name.
“Since the Xi3 Computer Architecture allows owners of the Xi3 Modular Computer to declare their independence from the built-in obsolescence of other computers, we felt that American Independence Day would be a great day to begin selling the 5 Series model of the Xi3 Modular Computer.”
Of course, histrionic market speak aside, the Chromium PC will at first be available in both single- and dual-core variants, though specifications about other technical components have yet to be made public. The first chassis will measure 4.0 x 3.656 x 3.656 inches and be available in more than one color. The company set that general availability will be met sometime in the second half of this year.