Xi3 Z3RO shares single Xi3 Modular Computer between multiple users

For the basic computing requirements, the substantial growth in processor speeds over the last decade haven’t made that much of a difference. Xi3 is hoping to capitalize on this excess in speed with their new Xi2 Z3RO modular device.

The Z3RO is designed to allow up to four individual users to share the power and functionality of a single Xi3 Modular Computer. The 5 Series Modular Computer is loaded with a 64-bit x86 dual core processor, clocking 2.0GHz, basic word processing, spreadsheets, emails and surfing the web will leave plenty of extra processing power to share.

“Simply put, the Xi3 Z3RO is a way of extending, expanding and sharing the power of an Xi3 Modular Computer with multiple users, all at the same time,” said Jason A. Sullivan, President and CEO of Xi3 Corporation. “Today’s processors are so powerful that most of the time they’re idling along, barely being used. We take advantage of that fact and allow up to four people to simultaneously work off of the same Xi3 Modular Computer. This makes it possible to simply plug a keyboard, mouse and monitor into an Xi3 Z3RO, connect it to an Xi3 Modular Computer and be up and running in a matter of minutes.”

Xi3 thinks they’re on to something here and are positioning the product to schools, business, non-profits and families. We think it may have some value in a traditional call centre environment or schools but to standard businesses and families with little gamer children it may be a tougher sell.

Xi3 is really touting the energy consumption savings of their product and have even put together a little savings calculator around that theme, but we’re not sure if that’s a key decision making factor for a lot of consumers. We’d be interested to see how this stacks up against a terminal server model. Xi3 is obviously going to be a far easier out of the box solution.

The Xi3 Modular Computer is available today as is the Z3RO in limited quantities. Mass-market availability is expected by the end of Q1 2011. Right now a Computer and three Z3ROs will cost you about US $1400.

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Xi3 Corporation Unveils the Xi3 Z3RO

A low-profile and low-cost modular device, the Xi3 Z3RO allows families, businesses, schools, non-profits and more to simultaneously expand, extend and share the power of the Xi3 Modular Computer with up to 3 other people

2011 International CES
booth #26527 in the South Hall
SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Xi3® Corporation today unveiled the Xi3 Z3RO™.

“Simply put, the Xi3 Z3RO is a way of extending, expanding and sharing the power of an Xi3 Modular Computer with multiple users, all at the same time”
The Xi3 Z3RO is a low-profile, low-cost modular device that allows schools, businesses, non-profits, families and more to simultaneously share the power and functionality of an Xi3 Modular Computer™ with up to three additional people, dramatically reducing energy consumption and cost per user. {NOTE: The word Z3RO is pronounced “zero.”}

The Xi3 Modular Computer is a small cube-like computer that is completely modular in nature and measures less than 4 inches per side. The first Xi3 Modular Computer (the 5 Series model) requires an average of 20 watts or less to operate, even though it is uses 64-bit x86 dual core processors running at 2.0GHz and can launch Windows 7 Ultimate in less than 30 seconds.

“Simply put, the Xi3 Z3RO is a way of extending, expanding and sharing the power of an Xi3 Modular Computer with multiple users, all at the same time,” said Jason A. Sullivan, President and CEO of Xi3 Corporation. “Today’s processors are so powerful that most of the time they’re idling along, barely being used. We take advantage of that fact and allow up to four people to simultaneously work off of the same Xi3 Modular Computer. This makes it possible to simply plug a keyboard, mouse and monitor into an Xi3 Z3RO, connect it to an Xi3 Modular Computer and be up and running in a matter of minutes.

“Clearly, the Xi3 Z3RO is not designed for power users. But for groups of up to four people doing basic computing – word processing, working on spreadsheets, surfing the Web or running business apps – the Xi3 Z3RO (coupled with an Xi3 Modular Computer) is a very affordable computing alternative that reduces energy consumption by 95 percent or more in most cases. This dramatic savings in energy will pay for the acquisition costs within the first few years of ownership.”

Xi3 has created a Green IT calculator at http://www.Xi3.com/cost_calculator.php to allow companies to see the dramatic cost savings of owning Z3ROs coupled with Xi3 Modular Computers as opposed to the standard desktop approach. Most companies will find they can pay for the acquisition cost of this Xi3 modular virtualization approach to computing within the first years of ownership, effectively costing the organizations nothing to switch over, hence the name “Z3RO.”

The handsomely built Xi3 Z3RO aluminum casing features rounded edges, honeycombed and chrome-plated end-caps and a backplate that houses various built-in connectors. The Xi3 Z3RO measures 4.9375 X 3.625 X 1.6875 inches and weighs 11.52 ounces.

An Xi3 Z3RO is connected to an Xi3 Modular Computer via a USB cable that can be up to 15 feet long. With a convex top that sports two thin guides raised slightly above the long edges of the device and two matching channels on the concave bottom, the Xi3 Z3RO utilizes the SLID3™ Interlocking Technology™ system. As such, the Xi3 Z3RO can be permanently or semi-permanently mounted to an Xi3 Modular Computer or attached to a table, desk, monitor or just about anything that will accept mounting screws or bolts. {NOTE: The word SLID3 is pronounced “slide.”}

The Xi3 Z3RO is available today in limited quantities on an evaluation and proof-of-concept basis when purchased along with the Xi3 Modular Computer, with mass-market availability slated before the end of March 2011. When purchased as a set of four devices (one Xi3 Modular Computer and three Xi3 Z3ROs), the price per seat is only $350. Volume pricing for distributors and resellers is also available.

Xi3 Z3ROs, Xi3 Modular Computers and other Xi3 products will be on public display for the first time at the 2011 International CES trade show in booth #26527 in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 6-9, 2011.

About Xi3 Corporation

Formed in 2010 and headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Xi3 Corporation has brought a new type of computing to the world – modular computing – initially in the form of the Xi3 Modular Computer. For more information on Xi3 Corporation (an ISYS TechnologiesSM company), please visit www.Xi3.com.

About ISYS Technologies, Inc.

Formed in 2002 and headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, ISYS Technologies is an intellectual property management company.

The shape of the three-sided single piece casing, the end plate, and the overall shape of the Xi3 Modular Computer, as well as Xi3, Modular, Xi3 Modular, SLID3, SLID3 Interlocking Technology, and Z3RO are trademarks of ISYS Technologies, Inc. ISYS and ISYS Technologies are service marks of ISYS Technologies, Inc.


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