This is similar in concept to the FXI Cotton Candy USB Flash Drive, except it completely replaces the SATA HDD in your laptop/netbook with a 2.5" module capable of running Android and Windows at the same time (to switch between them, you just press Fn + Shift as shown in the video below).
CUPP Computing wants to combine the power of an x86 processor running Windows with the efficiency of an ARM processor running Android, and the latest iteration of that project puts a prototype ARM board inside an Asus Eee Slate EP121 tablet. The board contains a 1GHz TI OMAP 3720 processor with 512MB of RAM and shares screen, storage, and other hardware with the Intel system. In a laptop, the ARM hardware goes on a module that replaces your SATA hard drive and adds a Mini PCIe SSD, but the tablet counterpart has to squeeze in next to a modified battery and shares the built-in storage. A custom button on the side lets you instantly switch between Windows 7 and Android 2.3.4 when both are running simultaneously. Cupp is also working on being able to offload antivirus and security processes onto the ARM hardware, freeing up resources and giving Windows slightly snappier performance. (Source)
CUPP Computing has developed a 2.5" module for x86 PCs. Codenamed "PunkThis" for PC, it is based on CUPP's patented technology and "Multi-mode computing" vision. The device enables a user to combine a high performance PC processor (x86/IA) and a low power processor (RISC/ARM) into a single platform. This allows the user to choose between low power/extended battery life and high performance/ normal battery life, enhancing their PCs functionality.
The PunkThis was conceived as a spin-off from CUPP’s internal development platform to a product for tech savvy users. The PunkThis module is designed to engage people and make them understand CUPP’s technology, but at the same time we aim to make the PunkThis module as consumer friendly as we can. This we have done by developing solder-less kits for Specific Notebooks. (Presently we are targeting the Asus 1015pn with a 12” – 13” notebook to follow).
The PunkThis module contains both and Mini PCIe SSD HD and an ARM processor. The ARM Processor is a TI OMAP DM3730 at 1GHz with 512MB of RAM. Two USB connections (Host & USB OTG) allow uses flexibility to access and share data.
Along with the PunkThis module CUPP will also release a desktop enclosure. This provides users and developers a compact desktop computer that can be used in a number of roles. As a stand-alone computer it can be used as media center, terminal, or connected device. When used in conjunction with a desktop PunkThis provides an ideal instant on, low power system to check mail and surf the web. Developers gain the ability to target the ARM v7 code base on physical hardware while retaining the functionality of a desktop environment. PunkThis enables more practical computing with greater battery life and a more versatile set of use cases. It allows low power applications and flexibility, with seamless access to PC processing power as needed. This module will provide over 20 hour computing in a standard netbook or 40 hours with a low power screen. (PixelQi)Technical Specifications
- TI DM3730 1.0Ghz A8 processor
- 512 MB RAM
- Micro SD System Memory
- Mini PCIe SSD for PC C: Drive
- Micro SD for Shared Drive
- USB ToGo
- USB Host
- Keyboard Controller (User Reprogrammable Keyboard Controller)
- Audio I/O
- Android 2.3 (to be updated as new releases become available)
- Open Platform
- 20 hour battery life in 10" netbook
- 40 hour battery life with low power screen (PixelQi)
- Sub $200 USD Price
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