OLPC/Marvell Press Release

NoiseEHC NoiseEHC at freemail.hu
Fri May 28 05:53:41 EDT 2010

It was already discussed to death on the mailing lists. (The threads 
derailed very fast so there was almost no discussion about important 
things like the feasibility of a future Sugar -> Android transition.)


My advice is not to mention Android on these lists because every time 
somebody talks about Android, God kills a kitten, or something like 
that...   :)

James Zaki wrote:
> On the tablet topic... I'm now wondering what it will take for the 
> potential of Android developers to be harnessed? (Assuming it will be 
> a good thing)
> Android Emerges as Big Rival to iPad 
> <http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703630304575270761658543340.html?mod=WSJ_business_whatsNews>
> From the article...
> "Without applications, the device itself means nothing," said Barry 
> Lam, chairman of the contract laptop manufacturer Quanta Computer 
> <http://online.wsj.com/public/quotes/main.html?type=djn&symbol=2382.TW> 
> Inc., during a recent investor conference.
> Google's Android operating system, as it did in smartphones, is 
> emerging as the most potent alternative to Apple's technology. "The 
> tablet trend is clearly going toward Android," said Jack Kang, 
> director of technical marketing for Marvell Technology Group 
> <http://online.wsj.com/public/quotes/main.html?type=djn&symbol=MRVL> Ltd.
> ...
> Regards,
> James Zaki
> 2010/5/27 Ed McNierney <ed at laptop.org <mailto:ed at laptop.org>>
>     Folks -
>     Below is the text version of the press release OLPC and Marvell
>     issued this morning, announcing our agreement to work together on
>     the tablet-based efforts we've been calling "XO-3.0" and Marvell
>     has been calling "Moby" (both previously announced).  The link
>     takes you to the same document with a few pictures.
>     We're just starting this cooperation, so there are things we don't
>     know yet, but the release pretty well covers what we do know.  I
>     think it's important to recognize that our goal with Marvell is to
>     work with them to make a family of tablet products possible, not
>     all of which will be "OLPC" products.  That's something new, and
>     potentially confusing, but we think it can really help us both
>     broaden the community working with us, and help drive our own
>     product costs down by increasing volumes.
>     In some of the press interviews around this release, there's
>     discussion of the goal of introducing something at CES 2011 (in
>     January).  That's important to Marvell, but that device will
>     certainly not be an "XO-3.0" and probably won't be an OLPC product
>     at all.  But it's one of the steps along the way.  Remember that
>     this cooperation is intended to help our goals as well as
>     Marvell's goals, so some of the things announced from the
>     partnership won't be things directly pertinent to OLPC's product
>     plans.
>     As we've previously announced, our XO-1.75 product, bringing a
>     Marvell ARM-based motherboard to the current XO-1 laptop platform,
>     is the next product release in our efforts to provide ARM-based,
>     lower-power devices to achieve our mission.
>            - Ed
>     http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/one-laptop-per-child-and-marvell-join-forces-to-redefine-tablet-computing-for-students-around-the-world-95007559.html
>     One Laptop per Child and Marvell Join Students Around the World
>     Marvell and OLPC Empower Education Industry to Revolutionize the
>     Classroom Experience through Advanced, Affordably-Priced Tablets
>     CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 27
>     /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- One Laptop per Child (OLPC), a global
>     organization whose mission is to help provide every child in the
>     world access to a modern education, and Marvell, a worldwide
>     leader in integrated silicon solutions, have agreed to jointly
>     develop a family of next-generation OLPC XO tablet computers based
>     on the Marvell? Moby reference design.  This new partnership will
>     provide designs and technologies to enable a range of new
>     educational tablets, delivered by OLPC and other education
>     industry leaders, aimed at schools in both the U.S. and developing
>     markets. Marvell is also announcing today it has launched
>     Mobylize, a campaign aimed at improving technology adoption in
>     America's classrooms.
>     The new family of XO tablets will incorporate elements and new
>     capabilities based on feedback from the nearly 2 million children
>     and families around the world who use the current XO laptop.  The
>     XO tablet, for example, will require approximately one watt of
>     power to operate (compared to about 5 watts 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 2 million free books
>     available across the Internet.
>     "While devices like eReaders 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 experimentation --
>     and all that at a very low cost," said Dr. Nicholas Negroponte,
>     Founder and Chairman of One Laptop per Child.  "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 made a long-term commitment to improving education
>     and inspiring a revolution in the application of technology in the
>     classroom.  The Moby tablet platform -- and our partnership with
>     OLPC -- represents 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 Vice
>     President and General Manager of the Consumer and Computing
>     Business Unit.  "Marvell's cutting edge technology -- including
>     live content, high quality video (1080p full-HD encode and
>     decode), high performance 3D graphics, Flash 10 Internet and
>     two-way teleconferencing -- will fundamentally improve the way
>     students learn by giving them more efficient, relevant -- even 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.  I am immensely proud of the capability of our Moby
>     tablet and I am extremely honored to partner with the inventor of
>     the netbook market for education, Dr. Nicholas Negroponte.  I
>     applaud his leadership, vision, passion and together we will make
>     the world a better place."
>     About the One Laptop per Child Foundation
>     The One Laptop per Child Foundation (OLPC at
>     http://www.laptop.org) is a nonprofit organization created by
>     Nicholas Negroponte and others from the MIT Media Lab to design,
>     manufacture and distribute laptop computers that are inexpensive
>     enough to provide every child in the world access to knowledge and
>     modern forms of education.
>     About Marvell Moby Tablet Platform and Mobylize.org
>     Powered by a high-performance, highly scalable, and low-power
>     Marvell ARMADA^(TM) 610 application processor, the Moby tablet
>     features gigahertz processor speed, 1080p full-HD encode and
>     decode, intelligent power management, power-efficient Marvell 11n
>     Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/FM/GPS connectivity, high performance 3D graphics
>     and support for multiple software standards including full Adobe
>     Flash, Android^(TM), Windows Mobile and Ubuntu.  The Moby platform
>     also features a built--in camera for live video conferencing,
>     multiple simultaneous viewing screens and Marvell's 11n Mobile
>     Hotspot which allows Wi-Fi access that supports up to eight
>     concurrent users connected to the Internet via a cellular
>     broadband connection. The ultra low power mobile tablet is
>     expressly for long-battery life.  For more information, visit
>     www.mobylize.org <http://www.mobylize.org>.
>     About Marvell
>     Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is a world leader in the development of
>     storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions. Marvell's
>     diverse product portfolio includes switching, transceiver,
>     communications controller, wireless, and storage solutions that
>     power the entire communications infrastructure including
>     enterprise, metro, home, and storage networking. As used in this
>     release, the term "Marvell" refers to Marvell Technology Group
>     Ltd. and its subsidiaries. For more information, visit
>     http://www.marvell.com.
>     Media Contacts:
>     One Laptop per Child
>     Jackie Lustig, (781) 487-4664
>     Kyle Austin, (781) 487-4603
>     press at racepointgroup.com <mailto:press at racepointgroup.com>
>     Marvell Media Relations
>     Daniel Yoo, (408) 222-2187
>     yoo at marvell.com <mailto:yoo at marvell.com>
>     Marvell and the M logo are registered trademarks of Marvell and/or
>     its affiliates. ARMADA is trademark of Marvell and/or its
>     affiliates. Other names and brands may be claimed as the property
>     of others.
>     _______________________________________________
>     Devel mailing list
>     Devel at lists.laptop.org <mailto:Devel at lists.laptop.org>
>     http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/devel
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> _______________________________________________
> Devel mailing list
> Devel at lists.laptop.org
> http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/devel

-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.laptop.org/pipermail/devel/attachments/20100528/0a1c8d00/attachment.html>

More information about the Devel mailing list