Marvell: Showing off $180 One Tablet Per Child Concept – #CES 2012
A few years ago, we learned about OLPC – One Laptop Per Child. This was the initiative to get computers in the hands of children in need. Even though it started as a great idea, somewhere along the line it stalled a bit.
Now, Marvell is helping to bring it back – this time as a tablet. The OTPC they were showing off is a concept piece ready for production. The idea is to stick with the $100 model as close as possible, right now they are at a $180 production cost.
Deemed OLPC XO 3.0, the tablet has an eight inch screen, ARM based ARMADA PXA618 SOC processor, and built on the Linux platform. Mini Wikipedia is one of many apps on the device (for off-line access).
The tablet charges by a solar powered lid, plugged in to 10-25 watts of DC power, or throught the hand crank. The solar panel produces 4 watts of power by placing it in the sun for an hour.
This OTPC is also easily dismantled for quick repair. Just like the OLPC.
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