FXI Demos Two New Flavors of Cotton Candy – Ubuntu and Android 4.0

LAS VEGAS, Nevada and TRONDHEIM, Norway – CES 2012 – January 10, 2012 – FXI Technologies, innovator of the world’s first any screen, connected computing USB device, demonstrated today Ubuntu/Linux and Android Ice Cream Sandwich for the first time at the Showstoppers Media Event at CES 2012. Codenamed “Cotton Candy™”, this sweet little device will serve as a technology bridge between any display, the Cloud, and any input peripheral.

“One of the major benefits of the Cotton Candy device is its versatility”, said Borgar Ljosland, CEO and founder of FXI Technologies. “By demonstrating two new operating systems on a variety of screens from PCs, to Macs to TVs, we further show the flexibility of the world’s smallest computer.”

Cotton Candy will allow users a single, secure point of access to all personal Cloud services and apps through their favorite operating system, while delivering a consistent experience on any screen through its USB and HDMI connections. The device will serve as a companion to smartphones, tablets, notebook PC and Macs, as well as add smart capabilities to existing displays, TVs, set top boxes and game consoles.

Ubuntu on Cotton Candy
Ubuntu is a popular Linux operating system used for a variety of desktop applications, media and enterprise applications and is widely adopted by global hobbyists and software developers. In fact, FXI recently chose to move to Ubuntu as its main development environment and is transitioning to using Cotton Candy as its main desktop computing platform. In order to do this, FXI leveraged the Linaro for ARM open software and tools and leveraged its access to the ARM Mali Graphics software development ecosystem.

“FXI engineers used the pre-integrated and tested Android ICS and Ubuntu images from the Linaro platform team as a base in developing support for two new operating systems on Cotton Candy. They also got support from the platform team on the #linaro and #linaro-android IRC channels on Freenode,” said Alexander Sack, Platform Technical Director at Linaro. “FXI has demonstrated how Linaro’s work can be leveraged effectively to develop real products rapidly and reliably.”

Android Ice Cream Sandwich on Cotton Candy
Operating system software can be a moving target, and the Cotton Candy product will serve as a host to many popular technologies. One of the popular OS developers are looking at today is Android 4.0 (AKA Ice Cream Sandwich).

About Cotton Candy
Cotton Candy is a prototype USB stick equipped with an ARM® Cortex™-A9 (1GHz) CPU from Samsung, an ARM Mali™-400 MP (Quad-core, 1.2GHz) GPU, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, HDMI output and the Android operating system. It decodes MPEG-4, H.264 and other video formats and display HD graphics on any HDMI equipped screen. Content can be controlled via smartphones, keyboards, mice and other USB peripherals.

About FXI
FXI Technologies (www.fxitech.com) is a Norway-based hardware and software startup dedicated to making the world of digital screens smart and personal.


FXI Technologies and Cotton Candy are trademarks or registered trademarks of FXI Technologies. All other trademarks or trade names are the property of their respective owners.

  1. Harley said at 28. January 2012

    Hello FXI Technologies!

    Can I please suggest that you guys give a few free Cotton Candy devices as development samples to the XBMC(media center software) team developers?


    I bet that you you give them a couple of free Cotton Candy devices devices as gesture of good to the XBMC development team will then they will have someone who will volunteer to optimize XBMC for Cotton Candy devices in their spare time.

    PS! If you have not heard the news; Raspberry Pi and BeagleBoard got great publicity coverage because they had XBMC running on their devices, which is why XBMC team developers where given prototypes of their devices in advance of release so they could port XBMC to their specific ARM based platforms ;)

    Best regards on behalf of everyone who want to have XBMC media center software running smoothly on the Cotton Candy as soon as possible :)

  2. Socorro said at 23. February 2012

    XBMC is anamizg!However using Ubuntu 8.10 was a no go for me, i had audio freezing, frame skipping and general instabilityRunning it under 8.04 has been perfect! Even for HD movies (X2 3600, 1g ram, audigy 1)

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  4. Nic said at 23. February 2012

    AGREE! XBMC on Cotton Candy would be perfect!

  5. Andy said at 28. February 2012

    Yes, xbmc ftw!

  6. nocrack said at 06. March 2012

    Well, to be honnest, tomorrow you say that XBMC is available on your device and I clearly buy quite a few of those for my tv’s

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