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I spoke with podcasting buddy David Ciccone last night and he has offered up some concrete information about the upcoming cPC handheld computer with dual operating systems.  The cPC is the device that was first demonstrated at the CES in Las Vegas early this year and […]

CPC Windows MobileI spoke with podcasting buddy David Ciccone last night and he has offered up some concrete information about the upcoming cPC handheld computer with dual operating systems.  The cPC is the device that was first demonstrated at the CES in Las Vegas early this year and David is the Director of Strategic Alliances at DualCor so you can take this information to the bank.  David stressed that DualCor’s intention is to create a device that gives the user the freedom of choice to tailor the device to meet their individual needs which has guided all they have done to date to bring the cPC to market.

The cPC will be available at authorized resellers within 90 days and will have a MSRP of $1,999.  DualCor will ship the cPC with a Compact Flash WiFi card in the box so customers can enjoy 802.11g connectivity out of the box.  Customers wishing to add GSM/ GPRS / EDGE/ EVDO connectivity for data and/ or voice can add any of a number of USB or CF peripherals that have been tested with the cPC to create the user experience tailored to the individual’s needs.  These peripherals work under both the Windows XP and the Windows Mobile 5 operating systems that are preinstalled on the cPC, something that in my opinion is a big feat.  Kudos to DualCor for making that happen.

The cPC runs the Windows XP Tablet Edition 2005 so it handles digital ink like any other Tablet PC and of importance is the ability to rotate the screen into portrait orientation when needed.  DualCor is working on Mac compatibility for eventual synchronization with iCal, Mail, Address Book, and iPhoto so Mac owners will not be left in the cold.

The cPC will support up to 2048 x 1536 on an external monitor, but remember that DualCor has only tested it up to 1600 x 1200.  The device keeps PIM data synchronized between the two operating systems using a combination of proprietary software and ActiveSync so data is always up to date on either “side” of the cPC.  DualCor will be offering a stand to facilitate use with peripherals but no docking station will be available.  Other accessories are being developed currently at DualCor.

One of the most useful features that DualCor has incorporated into the cPC is the ability to share the internal hard drive between the two operating systems.  This means that the device will access the hard drive from the Windows Mobile side without booting or bringing the Windows XP side out of hibernation.  This means instant access for a true mobile experience.  The hard drive is a 1.8 inch format with a capacity of 30 GB.

Many people with an interest in the cPC have expressed surprise at the lack of embedded radios in the device but David told me that a number of agencies/ companies that have placed orders for the cPC insisted there be no radios for security reasons in the field.  DualCor decided to provide flexible connectivity options via third party peripherals to satisfy those customers.

Disclaimer:  I am a member of the DualCor Board of Technical Advisors.

-jk

  1. Cool! James, I’m thinking that you and Dave were instrumental in getting that CF wifi card shipped with the Dualcor ;) I’m just stoked at all the handheld computers that are coming out now. Shame OQO didn’t see it coming and did some creative pricing to get more of the market (I love a bargain!) – now they have to contend with handheld computers with Intel processors. Love your work guys.

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  2. Michael Aaron Friday, May 19, 2006

    I too was highly dissapointed to hear that wireless was not included- especially bluetooth (at least then you could use a phoen as a modem)-

    They mentioned EVDO compact flash- so, is there something in the works from Sprint and Verizon that only Dualcor knows about?

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  3. Sorry, but DualCor is definitely part of the Gang That Can’t Shoot Straight. No disrespect intended to DC, but he is only an advisor, and therefore not in direct control of this company.

    Whoever is in direct control of DualCor couldn’t manage a LemonAde Stand.

    DualCor would do well to put DC and JK in charge. :)

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  4. ??? So WiFi nor GPRS/EDGE is preinstalled on device, but we need to use CF cards? I thought it would have windows mobile phone + xp on one machine. Whats good to have windows mobile if we cant use it as a phone? And no bluetooth as well?? I think I am going to sony ux.

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  5. “James, I’m thinking that you and Dave were instrumental in getting that CF wifi card shipped with the Dualcor” –Yes, even though it was never claimed it would not be included and DualCor specifically stated the cPC would use a CF card for wifi, I’m sure James and Dave were “instrumental” in putting the card in the box. Give me a break.

    My apologies for the attitude, but why is it, even after this news, everyone else still assumes DualCor is incompetent? Like they didn’t think to include the wifi card they intend to be used. Or they might have forgetten to include drivers for both Mobile and XP in their Mobile/XP hybrid. Why am I odd-man-out for assuming they thought about stuff like this?

    My only concern is whether the unprecedented feat of Mobile/XP integration will work. If they’re smart enough to get this done, they’re smart enough to make everything else work. If not, they wouldn’t have anything to put in the boxes anyway.

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  6. jk – big fan of the site and the first-rate commentary! Keep up the good work.

    RE: DualCor: You know, this radio issue (BT, EVDO, WIFI) has pushed me one step back from the cash-register (my wallet was already open). Expectations are a powerful thing and gosh, I just expected more built-in communications. I mean, personally, I was willing to ante-up major bucks for the device I believed they were going to produce. From a real-world perspective, I could happily handle swapping EVDO and WIFI cards, since my day is nearly split by WIFI at home and EVDO during the day (assuming it’s really that easy, and not actually a crash-zone twice/day). I only use BT for linking to my GPS Garmin 10 and hot-sync’g my Treo (which, I’d continue to need to do, since the DualCor isn’t a cellphone (like they said it would be)).

    It’s so close to the “grail”. There’s so much innovation to appreciate, and yet just enough frustration to keep me looking. We power-users are on the cusp of real convenience, and I believed DualCor was going to get the checkered flag, but now I can’t say that for sure.

    I know I sound like a spoiled child, but I can’t be the only one ready to fire off north of $2,000.00 for this all-in-one device! Come on, DualCor…at least throw in the BT!

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  7. Wha? 2grand? No Wifi? No PC Card? No Bluetooth?

    Well, at least we’ve still got USB. Cables arent so bad.. :/

    I think the UMPC’s are gonna kill this just like the OQO. I’m not huge fan of the “UMPC is a digital lifestyle device” marketing but at least “UMPC’s are mini-tablets that cost less” is a compelling buy. Not for me personally at the thousand dollar price point, but I can see a lot of markets where it works.

    I cant see where a UMPC + Windows Mobile phone doesnt beat the pants off of a dualcore device, for less money. I’m all for people trying new things and new devices but this one just doesnt seem compelling.

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