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Google’s Own “Seaboard” – A Tegra 2 Powered Chrome OS Touch Device

Chrome OS Seaboard

Chrome OS Seaboard

Google is testing a new Touch UI for Chrome OS. This is not a secret these days. I saw some bug fixing even today, on this touch UI. But where are they testing this new touch UI ? There should be a touch enabled device right ? a tablet ? or a netbook with touch screen ?

Chrome for Windows 8!

Yes, there is one such device, and they call it “Seaboard” ( and there are more devices click here to read )

After reading about the ZGB device from Acer, I spent few hours reading a lot of Chromium bugs and found this device being mentioned in a lot of bugs. Oh, remember that Cr48 was called “Mario” internally ? Seaboard sounds like a similar code name.

Hardware Specs

I couldn’t get much info about this, but here is what I found.

1. Tegra 2 Processor from Nvidia
2.  Atmel MXT Touch Screen
3.  2MB of SPI storage –  ( whatever that means — )
4.  DRAM:  1 GiB
5. Two USB Ports

Is This a Tablet or Netbook With Touch Interface ?

I’m 100% sure that this device is touch. But is this a tablet ? I couldn’t confirm that. May be some of you may be able to read the code better and interpret. Why am I confused if its a tablet or a netbook with touch ? Here is some info from those bugs I read.

know we only have the traditional models, no clamshells” one bug says. Netbook with a keyboard should be a clamshell right ? So, that sounds like a tablet.

What steps will reproduce the problem?1. Start seaboard.2. Press ctrl+alt+f2” does that sound like a netbook with keyboard or a tablet ? ( with a keyboard connected for development purpose ?or may be on screen keyboard ?)

Here is another “suspend (flip lid switch)6. wait until backlight is out7. resume (flip lid switch)” that’s a method to test  bug. Flip lid switch ? sounds like a tablet ?

I’m still looking for more info on this. If you find something cool, please drop a comment !! Oh, and if you want to dig deeper in to this code base, click here.

ps: Those few hours I spent researching on these devices have given me some more good stuff. Will post them soon !!

  • Todd

    Congrats for your scoop! You are also mentioned on

    • Dinu

      thanks !!

      • morocarlo

        Mentioned also in engadget!

        • Dinu

          yes, saw that .. ( was waiting for it .. sssh !!! )

  • Daniel

    I hope this test pilot program hits the UK and not US 😉

    • Dinu

      LOL !! yes, and India too please !!

      • Guest

        And the Netherlands too please !!

        • maldar

          yeah, Netherlands!
          maybe some arrangement with ChromeStory readers 😉 and our writer too of course @Dinu

          • Dinu

            LOL .. I wish someone gives me one piece for free, for review or some promotion 😀

          • Daniel Chenery

            Ask people for donations (via PayPal?). Something like “Want to see more reviews of Google Products. Click the “donate” button below”

  • Daniel

    Well, it’s only fair. I received an email saying I was invited to the program, then was told it was US only!!

    • Dinu

      I received one too !!

  • morocarlo

    Maybe it will be like asus eee pad transformer :)

  • Dinu

    @ Daniel

    na ! that’s not fair :)

    • Daniel Chenery

      I have seen many WP plugins do it! And at the end of the day, it is always the users decision if they wish to part with their money 😉

      • Dinu

        btw, I can’t take paypal money to my bank account here in India now .. I am ok to invest a $300 more .. with hopes that some day adsense will pay me back ..

        • Daniel Chenery

          Well there goes that idea, let’s hope you earn money from the ads.
          I thought they sent cheques out every 1 month?

          • Dinu

            only when you make $100

  • Harvey

    3. 2MB of SPI storage – ( whatever that means — )

    The SPI is probably where the boot loader code resides. The fact they called out 2MB leads me to believe they have more boot loader code than a normal tablet. This would be consistent with other Chrome OS platforms that also have more BIOS code than normal netbooks or notebooks.

  • morocarlo

    Look this, asus say me that on Computex in Taipei we see the first Chrome OS tablet and netbooks :)

  • tablette tactile

    Hi do you have some news about “seaboard” ? I’m french and your blog is very interesting for me !!!