Users can go from one processor to the other simply by using the ALT-TAB command.
Friday CUPP Computing revealed a prototype hybrid PC it calls the Computicator. The rig--designed as an "always on" device--combines an x86/IA processor with an ARM/RISC processor in one platform, allowing the end user to choose between high performance and power saving modes simply by using the ALT-TAB command.
"CUPP Computing patented the integration of low power processors into the South Bridge/IOH of PC Chipsets," the company said. "This allows the seamless integration of Hybrid environments. This demo has full accessibility to all peripheries from both user modes, and most ports are shared. The TI OMAP is running Ubuntu LXDE, Midori Web Browser and Gimp. The PC is running Windows 7 Pro and Internet Explorer."
The technical specs are as follows:
- ARM A8, TI OMAP 3430 at 720 MHz with 512 MB RAM
- Intel CoreDuo Dual Core at 2.3 GHz with 4 GB RAM
- 320 GB Shared Disk
- 16-inch Shared LCD
- Shared Keyboard and Touchpad
- 3 USB Shared Ports
- HDMI Out Shared
CUPP Computing said that the hybrid PC design--when implemented on a wide scale--could have a significant impact on global power consumption. "It's hoped that this technology leads to a new class of devices we call Computicator," the company added. "It is the full convergence of computing and communication."
Several videos showcasing the prototype can be seen here. An actual finished product is expected to hit the market in Q2 2011.