Dual-CPU using PDA set for release in March

By Justin Mann on January 6, 2006, 7:28 PM
Another goodie announced at CES, DualCor demoed a dual-cpu (not SMP) multi-booting PDA/Handheld PC combo. Set for release in March, the device uses a 400MHz Intel PXA263 for one mode running Windows Tablet PC Edition, and a 1.5GHz VIA C7-M for the other. With a battery life of 12 hours while running tablet, more than enough(reduced to 3 hours running in XP), shared storage space and a size only slightly larger than a PDA with an ample screen, it's definitely one of those high tech things that us true geeks will love. It supports WiFi as well, CF and USB 2, Bluetooth and more. It has a touchscreen and a small mouse control built in. Read more, this is great stuff.

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DragonMaster said:
It's fun but does a PDA really need all that power?
exscind said:
Dual core PDA? Nice to know that when I just barely scrapped enough money to upgrade to AMD 3200+ :D. But this PDA-PC looks simply amazing: Dual core, 1GB DDR2 RAM, and 40GB HD. But the cost is also digusting... $1500? It looks like another toy for the rich and famous. At least DualCor is honest and admit it's not for the mainstream market. But for those that can afford it, the payoff seems like it'll be worth it. However, this raises the question of how heat dissipation will be dealt with, if at all. The system looks like it'll run quite hot on a near PDA-sized device. I have no idea the average run time for PDA devices (12 hours normal, decent I guess?), but 3 hours in Windows XP seems a bit short for battery life.[Edited by exscind on 2006-01-06 20:40:52][Edited by exscind on 2006-01-06 20:41:15][Edited by exscind on 2006-01-06 20:41:38]
PanicX said:
It's not running a Dual Core cpu, its simply a gadget that uses an Intel CPU in one mode, then a VIA CPU in the other, even at the same time. These are both very low wattage CPU's so they produce minimal heat levels. Most laptops these day's average about 3 hours battery life. You have to opt for a slower smaller laptop to get longer battery life. I'd think this would be a bit more of a hit, if it was big enough to add a DVD player to it.
PUTALE said:
wow, dual core is popping up everywhere. I had no idea that the industry is moving so fast to the dual core. It seems like we are still not getting 64bit but it seems like dual core will be faster implemented than 64bit.
otmakus said:
This is like a laptop shrunk to the size of a PDA. The price still shows that it is a laptop. And yes, it is not a dual core CPU, the company's name is "DualCor" and their product is a laptop in PDA's size with 2 processors running 2 OS. I don't think this is necessary, having 2 processors running 2 OS. User will get used to 1 OS that he/she will barely touch the other OS except for bragging to friends.
Rage_3K_Moiz said:
But thats practically not of any use is it then otmakus? What's the company trying to prove then?
mentaljedi said:
[b]Originally posted by Rage_3K_Moiz:[/b][quote]But thats practically not of any use is it then otmakus? What's the company trying to prove then?[/quote]That it can show off. This is just a technology show off, the type that goes to conventions and stuff. But whats interesting is the technology. Its pretty safisticated to get it down to that size.
Rhianntp said:
Many many years ago I remember reading a PC Magazine article talking about the holy grail that would be multiple cores running in parallel.. :)
realblackstuff said:
Somehow these 'inventors' forget that many people wear glasses for a reason! No point adding another gadget where you almost need a magnifyer.
iluvnug said:
I'll have to look at getting me one of these when the price tag comes down a bit. I love the small size to fit right in my pocket.
nathanskywalker said:
I'll take one! wow, at the moment that thing has more lifting power than the machine i'm on...at the moment. However, if i were ever to buy one of those i would have to get insurance on it...well not really...
fury said:
I currently own a real Tablet PC which is pretty old (933mhz P3) but is full featured. 1024x768, etc.If this device were to come with a more standard sized screen (at least 600 screen height, I would think), I might take a look at it as the replacement for my tablet PC when it croaks. However, the drastic difference in battery life is somewhat intriguing. How does it manage to run 12 hours in one mode and 3 hours in the other? Just using the other processor, and the other gig of ROM can't make that much of a difference, can it?
cyrax said:
I seriously think this could be a positive direction since alot of stuff is done when you are mobile. Instead of lugging around a laptop, it would be nice to be working with something not only smaller but less conspicuous. Power demands need to be rectified however.[Edited by cyrax on 2006-01-08 01:15:32]
Mictlantecuhtli said:
[b]Originally posted by Rhianntp:[/b][quote]Many many years ago I remember reading a PC Magazine article talking about the holy grail that would be multiple cores running in parallel.. :)[/quote][url=http://www.amigahistory.co.uk/prototypes/tran
puter.html]Transputer cards on Amiga[/url] ?
MonkeyMan said:
That is a monstrous amount of power!!!!!!!!!!! it will be very useful indeed, to anyone who purchases this product. Nice size also.
rahuls said:
The amount of power is really noteworthy for the device of this size and cost
barfarf said:
Interesting. This device is something we might use here at the hospital i work at. Except for the sceen may be too small. The docs use lite weight notebooks that connents to EMR (Electronic Medical Record) to go to patient rooms and do the notes on the visit. Then when they do rounds on several patients they use a pocket pc, since its more mobile. Beacuse the pocket pc is screen so much smaller the EMR software is limited. Perhaps this swiss army knife all in one device could be a good solution.
luismigilbert said:
i think this is great news.. more power in reduced devices.. this means techonology is going pretty fast...let it be
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