cPC: la fusion du Pocket PC Phone Edition et du Tablet PC

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Merci à Didier pour l’information

La société StartUp DualCor Technologies vient d’annoncer avoir créé un appareil mobile combinant matériellement un Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone avec un Windows XP Tablet PC, dans un format ardoise « tactile » avec un écran de 5 pouces.
La société préésentera son produit, nommé « cPC, » au CES en janvier 2006.

Le cPC mesure 6.5 x 3.3 x 1.2-inch et fait fonctionner Tablet PC 2005 grâce à un Processeur Via C7-M cadencé à 1.5GHz, équipé de 1Go de DDR2 RAM et un disque dur de 40Go
Le cPC intègre aussi un Pocket PC Phone Edition fonctionnant sur un Intel XScale et avec Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone OS. 128Mo de DRAM, et une carte de stockage de 1Go permettent de faire fonctionner simultanément ce système et les applications associées.

L’affichage est partagé entre les deux systèmes. De plus 2 ports USB 2.0 Type A et un port USB 2.0 Type B sont disponibles ainsi qu’un port compact Flash Type II.

UPDATE: un interview du PDG de la société Dual Cor est disponible chez jkontherun

Le reste de l’information est en anglais:
A docking cradle adds a larger LCD screen, a source of recharging and operating power, and connections for a full sized keyboard and mouse (most likely USB-interfaced), allowing the device to be used like a normal desktop PC when docked.
The company has not disclosed how the two sets of OS capabilities — Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone, and Windows XP Tablet PC — share the system’s resources, or how the user switches between the functions of one and the functions of the other.

DualCor apparently considers the dual-OS configuration unique enough to warrant a patent on the approach. Cofounders Bryan Cupps (CTO) and Tim Glass are listed as having filed an international patent application titled « Novel personal electronics device », which is described as follows:

« A novel personal electronic device includes a processor having first (embedded) and second (non-embedded) processors including associated operating systems and functions. In one aspect, the first processor performs relatively limited functions, while the second processor performs relatively broader functions under control of the first processor. Often the second processor requires more power than the first processor and is selectively operated by the first processor to minimize overall power consumption. Protocols for functions to be performed by the second processor may be provided directly to the second processor and processed by the second processor. In another aspect, a display controller is designed to interface with both processors. In another aspect, the operating systems work with one another. In another aspect, the first processor employs a thermal control program. Advantages of the invention include a broad array of functions performed by a relatively small personal electronics device. »

In many ways, the cPC is reminiscent of OQO’s « ultra personal computer » (UPC; pictured at right). The OQO UPC measures 4.9 x 3.4 x 0.9 in.), weights 14 oz., and is fitted with a 5-inch 800×480 (« wide VGA ») screen, and converts into a desktop PC when docked. But unlike the cPC, the UPC runs Windows XP Home Edition or Professional, and has a single processor, a 1 GHz Transmeta Crusoe (at last count).

A case study published by GDA Technologies, a San Jose, Calif.-based contract R&D house, indicates that DualCor outsourced the development of the cPC to GDA. « The [design] decision is so critical because we have everything riding on it, » Cupps said, in the GDA case study. « It’s all about who you work with. »

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cPC: DualCor
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