Sign Up For Your Google Chrome OS Cr-48 Laptop

Monday, December 13, 2010

Google is currently starting a Chrome OS evaluation program, which involves distributing some 60000 computers for free to guinea pigs in the United States. The device, codenamed Cr-48, is an unbranded notebook with a black rubberized exterior. Here are the technical specifications:

Dimensions: 0.9″h × 11.8″w × 8.6″d @ 3.8 lb (1.72 kg)
Motherboard: Tripod Motherboard MARIO-6050A240910-MB-A03
Chipset: Intel CG82NM10 PCH
Processor: Intel Atom N455 (Pine Trail) @ 1.66 GHz single-core with hyperthreading
Graphics: integrated Intel GMA (Pineview) @ 200 MHz with VGA port
Audio: integrated Intel 82801G HDA with stereo speakers and 3.5 mm stereo output plug
Memory: 2GB Hynix DDR3 1Rx8 PC3-10600S RAM
Flash: ITE IT8500E Flash ROM
Storage: 16 GB SanDisk SDSA4DH-016G SSD on 1.5 Gbps SATA interface
Display: 12.1″ 1280×800 active-matrix color CCFL-backlit LCD with matte surface
Keyboard: full-sized 74-key keyboard
Touchpad: oversized multitouch clickpad
WiFi: AzureWave Atheros 9280 802.11 a/b/g/n supporting WEP, WPA, and WPA2
Bluetooth: Atheros AR5BBU12 with V2.1 EDR
Mobile: Qualcomm Novatel Gobi2000 PCI Express Mini Card
Battery: 63 Wh removable Li-po battery for up to 8 hours use or 8 days standby
Cooling: fan
Other: integrated USB 2.0 port, webcam, and SD card reader

Bill Detwiler did an excellent photo tour of the Cr-48’s innards, since he promptly cracked his device open when he received it. It is interesting to note that the keyboard has media keys instead of function keys, and a search key instead of caps-lock (the latter can be configured to act as a caps-lock key). The mobile broadband chipset supports pretty much every extant mobile data standard, such as HSPA/UMTS (800/850/900/1900/2100 MHz), quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), and dual-band EV-DO/CDMA (800/1900 MHz). The chipset also supports GPS, AGPS, and another AGPS standard called gpsOneXTRA™. It comes with 100 Mb/month of free data service from Verizon for two years.

jtdgrz managed to obtain the `lspci` output on the device, which revealed some more information about the hardware:

  • 00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Pineview DMI Bridge
  • 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Pineview Integrated Graphics Controller
  • 00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Pineview Integrated Graphics Controller
  • 00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
  • 00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
  • 00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
  • 00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
  • 00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
  • 00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
  • 00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
  • 00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Tigerpoint LPC Controller (rev 02)
  • 00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 82801GR/GH (ICH7 Family) SATA AHCI Controller (rev 02)
  • 00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
  • 01:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)

This unit is not for sale, but you can sign up for one until December 21st if you live in the USA. And if you’ve already applied, you can use the Cr-48 Shipping Tracker to guess if/when you’d receive it. Good luck!

Oh, and since this device has been called the CR-48 with a capital R, I’d like to mention that Cr-48 is a codename, not a model number… and Cr-48 is an unstable isotope of chromium ;)

Outside the Cr-48

Inside the Cr-48

The Cr-48 goes for cheap on eBay... but don't be fooled!


  1. lexis says:

    how come i have to make an account for google chrome its weird and stupied internet explorer is so much better cause you dont have to do that stuff and i can play my games

    1. Melina says:

      That is how I feel too…..

  2. Melina says:

    Hi my name is Melina elenes I heared google was better than f.b