Xi3 Corporation has unveiled their ChromiumPC Modular Computer, the world’s first desktop computer designed to run Google’s Chrome operating system. The new ChromiumPC Modular Computer is a version of the company’s Xi3 Modular Computer which was first formally unveiled by the By Xi3 Corporation back in 2010.
Each Xi3 Modular Computer, including the ChromiumPC, is housed in an aluminium chassis that holds three small but interconnected boards (or modules) and will be powered by a dual- or single-core 64-bit, x86-based processor.
Xi3 Corporation explains:
“Historically, the vast majority of operating systems have been installed and run locally on computers. But as technology has advanced and people have become more and more comfortable with using Web-based applications and storing data away from their computer, specifically ‘in the cloud,’ it only makes sense that operating systems will become cloud-based. In fact, we expect that over time we’ll see many operating systems that are wire-bound and require the computer to be connected to the Internet to run, and we will likely support these new operating systems as well.”
Unfortunately no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released as yet, but ChromiumPC prices together with additional specifications are hopefully to be announced later this year, and the ChromiumPC expected to start shipping in the second half of 2011.