updated 03:05 pm EDT, Thu September 9, 2010
CUPP shows hybrid notebook with two CPUs
Norwegian company CUPP Computing has broken with tradition by creating a notebook PC that contains both a regular x86 processor and one meant for mobile devices for multitasking and battery life gains. The new model involves a 2.3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo paired with 4GB of RAM and a 720MHz, ARM-based TI OMAP 3430 with 512MB of RAM. There is also a dual-boot system, with Ubuntu LXDE powered by the ARM chip and the Intel chip controlled by Windows 7.
The smartphone mode relies on a version of Linux with Midori's web browser and Gimp, supporting Flash and Java. There is also access to e-mail, multimedia content, Skype, calendar and Office apps. Users can switch between the two nearly instantaneously by pressing Alt and Tab. The two chips and operating systems otherwise share a 320GB hard drive and the 16-inch screen, though no other specifics are known. There are three USB 2.0 ports, and an HDMI output.
CUPP should begin production before the end of September, though whether it does so as a standalone notebook or as an offering through traditional notebook makers remains unknown. [via SlashGear]