Time to shine
Seemingly oblivious to Google's plans for Chrome OS to be found on netbooks, not desktops, modular PC manufacturer ISYS Technologies Company will be launching its ChromiumPC with Google's latest operating system on it.
According to CEO Jason A Sullivan: "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."
The ChromiumPC uses a modular design, comprising a Processor Module, a Primary I/O module and a secondary I/O module. However, currently, the Xi3 website suggests that the only available module option is the choice of a 1.8GHz, dual core or 1.0GHz, single core processor.
The I/O modules offer between them a pair of eSATA ouputs six USB ports, an Ethernet port and both DVI and HDMI video outputs. The chassis measures 101mm x 93mm x 93mm making the Chromium PC a decently compact system.
In addition to Chrome OS, the ChromiumPC will be able to run a number of other operating systems, including various distributions of Linux, and Windows. However, this requires the swapping of a module so would incur additional expense.
The system will be available on 4 July with the Chrome OS module coming 'in the summer'. Specific pricing for the ChromiumPC isn't available yet, but going by the cost of the company's other computers, it's not likely to be cheap.