A recent commit on the Chromium Gerrit, a collaboration tool used by Chrome developers, revealed the team is working on a new Chromebox.
Codenamed ‘Kalista,’ the commit indicated the device would be a Chromebox. It appears that the device won’t have a keyboard or backlight, suggesting it’s a Chromebox.
Unfortunately, we don’t know much more beyond that. However, reports indicate Kalista will be a Kaby Lake Chromebox and make use of the speedier NVMe storage type.
So far, the most notable revelation about Kalista is that it’s a ‘baseboard.’ Baseboards are reference boards that companies replicate for several devices. For example, a 2017 baseboard named ‘Coral’ spawned more than 40 devices.
Kalista will be the first Chromebox oriented baseboard since ‘Fizz,’ which generated the 2018 generation of Chromeboxes. However, Fizz used Kaby Lake chips as well. It isn’t clear why the developers are branching out another Kaby Lake baseboard.
Hopefully, we’ll learn more about Kalista soon. I’m curious to see what unique form factors companies will use Kalista for.
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