CES 2009 - ASUS Expands the Eee Familyby Jarred Walton on January 7, 2009 12:00 AM EST
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ASUS also demonstrated a prototype notebook with a 4.7" LCD touchpad running off a separate system-on-a-chip, more specifically, NVIDIA's Tegra APX. The Tegra APX is a combination of an ARM11 core with additional support for high definition video decode, a 3D accelerator core, image processor for webcams and a display output.
The main display could run either a regular OS off a separate Intel Atom processor, or you could skip that and use the system-on-a-chip with its embedded OS. The benefit for the latter is that battery life should be exceptional; ASUS claimed up to 12 hours of battery life while viewing videos, so you could use the touchpad to browse through your video library and then queue up several videos to watch on the main display, all without ever powering up the Intel Atom with its accompanying motherboard, memory, etc. The Tegra SOC uses the notebook's main battery, thus it benefits from very long battery life. Most ARM11 based devices have much smaller batteries since they have to be in far more portable enclosures.