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Dear Fans and Followers:
As noted earlier today in Update (#4), we have now finalized the specifications for both the X7A Modular Computer and the X3A Modular Computer, respectively. Below within this update you will find the specifications page from the Data Sheet for the X3A Modular Computer.
Thank you for your interest and support in Xi3 and our Kickstarter Project -- Xi3: Help us Usher in the Post-PC Era.
Please feel free to continue to comment here and/or to contact us directly if you'd like. We also invite you to visit our Website at www.Xi3.com for more information about all things Xi3. Thanks.
Dave Politis, CMO Xi3 Corporation
P.S. Here's a link to the specs page of the X7A Modular Computer Data Sheet: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/262476727/xi3-help-us-usher-in-the-post-pc-era/posts/321923.
Dear Kickstarter Fans & Followers:
First of all, thank you for your interest and support in our efforts to bring 2 new Xi3 Modular Computers to the world through this Kickstarter project -- Xi3: Help us Usher in the Post-PC Era.
It's also been quite gratifying to receive the attention and backing we have thus far. Thank you.
Several of you have asked us to release additional information on our new machines -- the X7A Modular Computer and the X3A Modular Computer -- beyond what was initially disclosed in our Project and Pledge Level descriptions. Some individuals have even expressed frustration that we have not provided actual specifications on these products, especially the X7A, as this was never our intent. If anything, we have perhaps been overly sensitive to staying in harmony with the new Hardware Guidelines published by Kickstarter about a week ago.
In the end, however, I am happy to report that we have now finalized the specifications for both the X7A Modular Computer and the X3A Modular Computer, respectively. Below within this update you will find specifications page from the Data Sheet for the X7A Modular Computer.
Please feel free to continue to make comments or send us private questions about this Project, the forthcoming or current products described herein, and or anything about Xi3 Corporation. Additionally, we invite you to visit our Website at www.Xi3.com for tons of additional information about all things Xi3.
Thank you again.
Dave Politis, CMO Xi3 Corporation
P.S. Please note that Kickstarter settings do not allow the PDF uploads within this Update section, so the image below is a JPEG of the Data Sheet. Our intent is to provide a downloadable PDF version on our Website soon.
P.P.S. We plan to publish the Data Sheet for the X3A Modular Computer as a new Kickstarter update later today.
When you have a really small computer, like the softball-sized Xi3 Modular Computer, a vast range of embedded applications are now possible, especially for systems that require or benefit from an x86-based system.
Such was the case with a four-person multidisciplinary engineering team of students from the Robotics Association at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida that participated in the 2012 Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition. The result of their more than 2000 man-hours of effort (as shown below) was the creation of the MOdular Lightweight Load-bearing Equipment Bot, otherwise known as MOLLEbot or MOLLE for short.
As explained in the team's IGVC submission, MOLLE is
". . . a modular, lightweight, back‐packable ground robot that has been designed and optimized (as) . . . a rugged, three wheel, differentially driven robot that was developed specifically for the 2012 Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition. MOLLE was designed to be inherently small and light, which has multiple advantages in the IGVC. MOLLEbot’s small size (just over three feet long and two feet wide) is optimal for passing through narrow openings on the Auto‐ Nav Course."
The IGVC entry further explained that MOLLE weighed in at 43 pounds and was capable of a maximum competition speed of 10mph.
So what does this have to do with Xi3? Simple. We provided the Embry-Riddle team with an early Xi3 Modular Computer, and this X5A-5342 provided the computing power for MOLLE. And we literally got the photos from Embry-Riddle earlier today, which we thought the Kickstarter community might be interested in seeing as a way to showcase how an Xi3 Modular Computer can be used in an embedded environment.
Shown below are a number of photos showing the MOLLEbot, as well as the Xi3 Modular Computer installed inside of MOLLE, and a separate Figure from the IGVC entry outlining the Electrical Flow Chart for MOLLE.
Kudos to everyone at Embry-Riddle involved in designing, creating and producing MOLLEbot for a job well done!
In case you missed it, Mashable ran a news story yesterday about Xi3's Kickstarter Project.
Here's a link to the Mashable video (http://mashable.com/follow/videos/1868203862001-xi3-is-crowdfunding-its-latest-round-of-tiny-full-performance-compu/), as well as a link to our blog post about it in the Xi3 Newsroom.
Additionally, we've embedded below the text from the video clip as well. ;-)
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"For Mashable, I’m Logan Tittle.
“The components inside your average desktop computer are improving on an almost daily basis.
"One thing that hasn't changed in awhile, though, is the form factor all these components get stacked into. Xi3's Modular Computers are different.
"They pack all the capabilities of a full-size computer into a box that's nearly the size of a paperweight. The company has been selling its computers for a while now. A version called the X5A was available last year.
"Now new versions with upgraded guts are imminent. And the primary advantage these hold over a full-size desktop rig is that they sip power. You can pull 500 Watts with a serious machine; Xi3 computers, by comparison, use 20 Watts.
"Now the company has plans for two new models. An entry-level machine for home and office use running a dual-core processor for less than $500, and a higher-end quad-core machine that Xi3 says will easily handle even the most taxing of gaming applications.
"And they're easy to modify. Switching out the inputs and outputs, or upgrading internal storage, is as easy as swapping out components—just like a regular computer.
"The Xi3 team is on Kickstarter to, well, 'kick start' production on the new models. Backers will get their hands on the new computers two weeks before anyone else and will get a chance to pre-order the latest tech from Xi3 in the future.
“At time of writing, Xi3’s campaign is approaching $10,000 of its $250,000 goal with a month to go.
“For Mashable, I’m Logan Tittle.”