Startup, Xi3 to Release First Desktop PC with Chrome OS

After Samsung and Acer create a stir with the release of new Chromebook models on June 15th, another firm wants to create it’s own noise on July 4th.

Xi3, a tech startup based in Salt Lake City, Utah, will introduce it’s ChromiumPC modular computer, the world’s first desktop computer designed to run Google’s Chrome operating system.

You might already be familiar with the product as it was voted a Consumer Electronics Association Innovations Award Winner in the Computer Hardware category at CES 2011.

Jason A. Sullivan, CEO of Xi3 Corp. discusses the appeal of the new machine: “The Xi3 Computer Architecture is designed to support any x86-based operating system, including Windows, Linux, Unix, and other open source-based operating systems. Although we’ve been promoting, discussing and working on modular computers for some time, we feel the market is now ready for a desktop computer with a cloud-based operating system like the one offered by Google. If someone chooses to switch their ChromiumPC to run a different operating system, it’s as easy as swapping out one of the three boards inside the computer.”

While no pricing details are available yet, Xi3 said it will be powered by a dual- or single-core 64-bit, x86-based processor. Additionally, the low-power machine will run on just 20 watts while housed in a small chassis measuring just 4 x 3.6 x 3.6 inches.

About Cliff Boodoosingh

Cliff Boodoosingh has been writing on Internet-based technology for more than 10 years. At Dow Jones he covered the money markets, Canadian dollar and daily hot stocks. He authored Regional Analysis sections and competitor profiles for business intelligence reports on the mobile/wireless markets at Marcus Evans. He recently moved from managing digital publications and media coverage for the Technology Division at VerticalScope to oversee content development at, a new personal finance portal.
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4 Responses to Startup, Xi3 to Release First Desktop PC with Chrome OS

  1. Rob says:

    Kind of cool… any word on pricing?
    If sub-$500, that will be impressive.

  2. I expect this will be more in the $800-$1000 range, but we’ll find out for sure in a few weeks.

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