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OLPC taps Marvell Moby for XO tablet PCs

Posted: 01 Jun 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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One Laptop per Child (OLPC) and Marvell Technology have teamed up to jointly develop a family of next-generation OLPC XO tablet computers based on the Marvell Moby reference design. The partnership will provide designs and technologies to enable a new range of educational tablets, delivered by OLPC and other education industry leaders, aimed at schools in both the United States and developing markets.

The new family of XO tablets will incorporate elements and new capabilities based on feedback from the nearly two million children and families around the world who use the current XO laptop. The XO tablet, for example, will require approximately 1W of power to operate (compared to about 5W necessary for the current XO laptop). The XO tablet will also feature a multi-lingual soft keyboard with touch feedback, enabling it to serve millions more children who speak virtually any language anywhere in the world.

The device is also decidedly "constructionist" in nature. By design, it combines hardware and software to deliver a platform that will enable educators, students and families around the world to create their own content, and learn to read, write, and create their own education programs and share all of these experiences via a mesh network model. The device will also feature an application to directly access more than two million free books available across the Internet.

"While devices like e-readers and current tablets are terrific literary, media and entertainment platforms, they don't meet the needs of an educational model based on making things, versus just consuming them. Today's learning environments require robust platforms for computation, content creation and experimentationand all that at a very low cost," said Nicholas Negroponte, founder and chairman of OLPC. "Through our partnership with Marvell, OLPC will continue our focus on designing computers that enable children in the developing world to learn through collaboration, as well as providing connectivity to the world's body of knowledge."

Marvell has also launched Mobylize, a campaign aimed at improving technology adoption in America's classrooms. "Marvell has made a long-term commitment to improving education and inspiring a revolution in the application of technology in the classroom. The Moby tablet platformand our partnership with OLPCrepresents our joint passion and commitment to give students the power to learn, create, connect and collaborate in entirely new ways," said Weili Dai, Marvell's co-founder and VP and general manager of the consumer and computing business unit. "Marvell's cutting edge technologyincluding live content, high quality video (1080p full-HD encode and decode), high performance 3D graphics, Flash 10 Internet and two-way teleconferencingwill fundamentally improve the way students learn by giving them more efficient, relevanteven fun tools to use. Education is the most pressing social and economic issue facing America. I believe the Marvell Moby tablet can ignite a life-long passion for learning in all students everywhere"

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