PunkThis For PC

CUPP’s PunkThis is meant to replace your computer’s 2.5-inch SATA hard drive with a board featuring a complete ARM-based system along with a mini-PCIe socket and the latter capable of accommodating a physically smaller SATA SSD to handle the missing storage for the x86 host. PunkThis is built around a Texas Instruments DM3730 ARM CPU with 512 MB of RAM and includes a WiFi radio with existing video, audio, and USB facilities on the host computer………


CUPP Computing has developed a 2.5-inch module for x-86 PCs. Codenamed “PunkThis” for PC, it is based on CUPP‘s patented technology and “Multi-mode computing” vision. The device enables a user to combine a high performance PC processor (x86/IA) and a low power processor (RISC/ARM) into a single platform. This allows the user to choose between low power/extended battery life and high performance/ normal battery life, enhancing their PCs functionality. PunkThis enables more practical computing with greater battery life and a more versatile set of use cases. It allows low power applications and flexibility with seamless access to PC processing power as needed. This module will provide over 20 hour computing in a standard netbook or 40 hours with a low power screen. The PunkThis module fits in a standard 2.5-inch drive bay and contains both and Mini PCIe SSD HD and an ARM processor. The ARM Processor is a TI OMAP DM3730 at 1GHz with 512MB of RAM. It is designed to be an unlocked system to allow users to modify the OS and functionality. Two USB connections (Host & USB OTG) allow uses flexibility to access and share data.


The PunkThis board will have wiring kits that allow solder-less in installation into a number of PC platforms. The Asus 1015PN is the first target for these packages.  The PunkThis desktop enclosure will give users and developers a compact desktop Computer that can be used in a number of roles. As a stand-alone computer it can be used as media center, terminal, or connected device. When used in conjunction with a desktop PunkThis provides an ideal instant on, low power system to check mail and surf the web. Developers gain the ability to target the ARM v7 code base on physical hardware while retaining the functionality of a desktop environment. PunkThis is an open unlocked device allowing users and developers to use their imagination to find new use cases and functions for this board. This gives manufacturers and consumers the ability to easily adapt existing PC’s for greater power efficiency and flexibility. Delivering functionality previously impossible in a Personal Computer.PunkThis presently implemented in Asus 1015PN, solderless wiring kit target Mid July more adoption kits to come.


CUPP PunkThis Techinical Specifications:

  • TI DM3730 1.0Ghz A8 processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Micro SD System Memory
  • Mini PCIe SSD for PC C: Drive
  • Micro SD for Shared Drive
  • Wifi
  • USB ToGo
  • USB Host
  • Keyboard Controller (User Reprogrammable Keyboard Controller)
  • Audio I/O

OS Development:

  • Ubuntu
  • Android 2.3 (to be updated as new releases become available)
  • Open Platform


  • 20 hour battery life in 10-inch Netbook
  • 40 hour battery life with low power screen (PixelQi)
  • Sub $200 USD Price


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