Chrome OS first debuted in 2009 as an network based operating system that is tightly coupled with Google’s online services. With Chrome OS, users need to always be connected to the Internet and access application by way of the Chrome browser that is the cornerstone of the operating system.
In 2011, Google expanded the vision of Chrome with the official release of the Chromebook reference architecture for hardware. Multiple hardware vendors including Samsung adopted the model and released Chromebook notebooks into the market.
Now the model for Chrome OS is expanding to thin computing with the debut of the Chromebox. The Chromebox is built by Samsung and is a small footprint device that can be connected to up to two external monitors. The device includes 6 USB ports of connectivity and is powered by an Intel Core processor supported by 4 GB of RAM. List price for the new Chromebox is $329 USD.
The Chromebox is being joined by a new generation of Chromebooks that will also benefit from performance gains.
“The new Chromebook and Chromebox, based on Intel Core processors, are nearly three times as fast as the first-generation Chromebooks,” Google stated in a blog post. “And support for hardware-accelerated graphics, a built-from-scratch multi-touch trackpad and an open-source firmware stack provide a much faster and more responsive computing experience.”