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Xi3 Modular ComputerA first look of the Xi3 Modular Computer from CES 2011.
-I'm here with Aaron Rowsell from a company called Xi3 Corporation, and I've been excited about this since I got the press release before CES. -Well, good. -Modular computing. -Modular computing is here. So, we call this the Xi3 Modular Computer-- -Okay. -from Xi3 Corporation. It's a little different approach to computing than-- than you've seen in the past. So, it's a full-blown, you know, desktop PC, if you will, running dual-core processors, 2, you know 2-gig processors, and completely modular in nature; very energy efficient; able-- easily upgradable and interchangeable, so... -So what are-- can you configure it now with whatever specs you want? What is-- what does it ship with? -Right now, it ships with a bunch of standard ports on it. I don't know-- -Uh huh. -if you can see them from here but-- -Yeah. -USB 2.0, eSATA, DVI, display port. We can do HDMI. It's all solid state memory storage. -Okay. -And then what we'll do, as new technologies come out and new interfaces are introduced, we could actually keep up with those new technologies by shipping you, basically, what we call a new backplane. So, when USB 3.0 finally-- -You call a new what? -We call it-- -A back-- -we call it a new backplane. -Oh, a backplane. Right. Okay. -You kinda think of this as your new motherboard and this is your processor. But instead of plugging your processor in your-- your memory-- your motherboard, you plug your motherboard into your processor like that. So, when new technologies-- -Nice! -when-- when USB 3.0-- -Do it again. Do it again. -finally gets here-- When USB 3.0 finally gets here, we'll-- we'll release that. -There. -I got a microphone down here. -Keep talking. -We'll release that-- that back plane and you'll be able to upgrade your system very easily and inexpensively instead of throwing it away. -So, will all the components though, overtime, come from you? Or can people buy off-the-shelf components and-- and upgrade with whatever they got? -We'll allow people to build off-the-shelf components. So, it's a-- -Okay. -it's a whole new architecture. It is patented and protected, but, we'll allow people to enter the market with different products that compliment or go in this-- this product. -Alright. It's still-- I have a hard time getting over that this is your PC case. Like, you just buy this. You plug it in to your monitor, your whatever, you're ready to go. -Yeah. Plug in your keyboard, your mouse, your monitor, and you're-- you're up and running. -Wow! -So... -That is impressive. And then what is the-- is it-- what's the availability, pricing? -General availability is late March of this year. -Okay. -And pricing, it's priced at $849. The price, we'll release products with lower price points and higher price points with different-- different processors and different options. -Okay. -So, it's a whole new architecture that will have various products at various prices. -So, what are, say, the base specs? -Base specs, 2 gigs of RAM. -Uh huh. -2 gigahertz dual-core processors. -Okay. -And a small solid state drive internal. -Small? -Starting at 8 gigs-- -Okay. -and going up to 32, up to 128 gigs-- -Okay. -depending on how much you wanna spend. -Right. And you can spend a lot on solid state drives. -And then it's designed with-- it's designed to have universal mounting brackets on each side so you can add things to it. You can add other devices. You can hook them together. It's kinda like Legos for computers, if you will. -Legos for computers. That is awesome. Alright, well, Aaron Rowsell, where are you guys? You're in the south hall? -We're in the south hall, booth 26527. Look for the big spinning cubes in the sky and you can come by and take a look at what we got going on. -Nice. Thank you very much. -Thank you.