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ICE turns to the crowd to fund its xPC modular computer

Mark Hachman | Jan. 16, 2014
At the end of a long day, did you ever wish that you could slip your PC into your pocket, rather than your backpack? ICE Computer says that vision will be a reality by summer--but it needs your help.

ICE's development timeline says that the company will wrap up the schematics and layout of the Bay Trail design this month. Firmware will be installed and tested in February, and the company will send out beta samples in March. By June, the company claims, the xPC will be in mass production.

It's worth noting that xPC has pushed the concept of a modular PC for more than a year now, so there's no guarantee (as with anything on a crowdfunded website) that the final product will ever see the light of day. 

And there's another concern: the disaggregation of data. While a Word document was essentially confined to a computer a decade ago, working on a phone, tablet, PC, or other device is relatively common in the modern era of cloud storage. Users may simply find that they need not replace their existing PC/smartphone/tablet hierarchy with a solution from a startup. While ICE offers an interesting argument — ditch your laptop for a CPU "sleeve" — many have already made that leap, via their smartphone.


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