Now we all know that Google’s Chrome OS was specifically designed for laptops/netbooks, but who’s to say that it wouldn’t work on desktop computer? That’s why the folks over at Xi3 Corporation have just announced the ChromiumPC modular computer – the world’s first desktop computer designed to run Google’s Chrome operating system.
Xi3’s modular computers are unique in a way that it makes it easy to change and upgrade parts of a computer without much hassle or problems. Their Modular Computers are made out of 3 modules – the Processor Module, the Primary I/O Module, and the Secondary Module. The Processor Module houses the microprocessor and RAM, the Primary I/O Module has the majority of external communications ports and the Secondary I/O Module has the Ethernet, video and power connections.
The Modular Computers have been previously made to work with Windows, Linux, Unix and other open source-based operating systems, and now they will support the Chrome OS. The ChromiumPC will be powered by a dual- or single-core 64-bit, x86-based processor, housed in a chassis measuring 4.0- x 3.656- x 3.656-inches and available in multiple colors, including a chrome-plated chassis. ChromiumPC pricing will be announced later this year, with additional specifications announced at that time. General availability for the ChromiumPC is expected in the second half of 2011. Sounds pretty interesting, and we can’t wait to get our hands on some ChromiumPCs to give them a test run. What do you think of Chrome OS as a desktop operating system?