OLPC/Marvell Press Release

Walter Bender walter.bender at gmail.com
Fri May 28 08:10:21 EDT 2010

Putting some kittens at risk, it would be useful to have some analysis of
both the work involved and potential benefits to an Android port, a Qt port,
etc. I am not suggesting we divert our current efforts, as we are quite
lean, but a better understanding of these options would be useful in
defining our future roadmaps.


2010/5/28 NoiseEHC <NoiseEHC at freemail.hu>

>  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.)
> http://lists.sugarlabs.org/archive/sugar-devel/2009-June/015369.html
> http://lists.laptop.org/pipermail/devel/2009-December/027058.html
> 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>
>> 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™ 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™, 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.
>> 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
>> Marvell Media Relations
>> Daniel Yoo, (408) 222-2187
>> 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.
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Walter Bender
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