Category: Marvell

1Cross Tech MIDhybrid Android e-ink/LCD/keypad e-reader combo

Posted by – March 4, 2010

http://1crosstech.com is showing a cool looking combination of a 6″ e-ink e-reader on one side, with a 3.2″ HVGA Android LCD on the other side, and also with a touch panel keyboard input and a whole bunch more hardware features such as a 3G sim card slot, WiFi, Bluetooth an accelererometer, VGA webcam for video-conferencing and more.

The sub-$200 unsubsidized Android phones are coming

Posted by – February 23, 2010

Here’s a very interesting article talking about all the cheaper Android smart phones that are coming very soon and that might even already have arrived in China: http://www.rethink-wireless.com/2010/02/22/htc-smart-face-new-mass-market-smartphone.htm

Marvell, ST Ericsson, Texas Instruments and carriers Orange, Telefonica O2, KPN in the Netherlands, Telecom Italia in Italy and Netcom in Norway are all talking about wanting to sell cheaper pre-paid only unsubsidized Android phones to consumers in Europe according to this article.

chipmakers are rising to the challenge – Marvell showed off a chipset to enable a sub-$99 smartphone; Texas Instruments discussed a cutdown implementation of its OMAP3 application processor for midrange handsets or new device formats like e-readers; and ST-Ericsson pinned its growth hopes on ‘smartphones for all’.

Alcatel Mobile Phones introduced its first Android phone, the OT-980, at Mobile World Congress. It sports a touchscreen, vertical slider Qwerty keyboard, Wi-Fi and HSDPA and will ship in June at an unsubsidized price point of below €200.

Unlike most Alcatel phones, which are targeted at developing economies, this will be marketed mainly in Europe, with the UK, France, Spain and Italy the prime markets because the firm believes the Alcatel brand is strong there. Alcatel Mobile Phones is owned by TCT Mobile of China, which acquired the business from what is now Alcatel-Lucent several years ago but kept rights to the brand. Like other Chinese players like ZTE and Huawei, it aims to use affordable smartphones as the route to gain a presence outside developing markets.

Source: http://www.rethink-wireless.com/2010/02/22/htc-smart-face-new-mass-market-smartphone.htm

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Marvell 618 at Mobile World Congress 2010

Posted by – February 17, 2010

The latest most powerful ARM Processor by Marvell, it includes all the most advanced features that Marvell can deliver for a full ARM Powered experience device.


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Marvell Pantheon 910 and 920 at Mobile World Congress 2010

Posted by – February 17, 2010

Here are some informations about the new low-cost Pantheon 910 and 920 full system on chip solution by Marvell that will make it possible to manufacture Android phones that can be sold below $100.

Marvell provides O-phone Android based solutions

Posted by – February 17, 2010

Here are a whole bunch of Android phones called ophones launched in China and powered by Marvell.

Marvell Pantheon 910 and 920 to help bring Android phone prices down below $100

Posted by – February 11, 2010

Marvell is releasing new processors Pantheon 910 and Pantheon 920 at Mobile World Congress, which they say, will help bring prices of Android phones down below $100 when they are sold unlocked.

Look forward to my video coverage at Mobile World Congress 2010 where I will be looking for cheap Android phones and technologies presented to achieve that goal.

source: electricpig.co.uk
via: phandroid.com

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ARM Powered OLPC XO laptops coming within a year

Posted by – February 8, 2010

When the OLPC project’s XO laptops are used in schools, the results are transforming education around the world. It’s getting children excited about school. It’s getting attendance to increase by 100 percent, which it does in most places where OLPC has deployed laptops, where more girls go to school, where the truancy drops to zero, where children take laptops home and teach their parents how to use them.

The One Laptop Per Child engineers are working on an ARM Powered XO 1.75 laptop which is going to be released within a year from now. My guess is that they might be optimizing it for using the Marvell Armada 610 or 510 processor.

The OLPC’s official power consumption target is 2W of power consumption. Though I wonder, is 2W of power consumption really the goal? Not even lower?

For example, the Pixel Qi screen is supposed to consume only 0.1W when backlight is turned off, once Pixel Qi has optimized refresh rates and other details which they have said they will be able to do over the next few months. The whole ARM Processor System on Chip should not consume nearly any power at all when nothing is moving on the screen, when the student for example is just reading an e-book. Then how low really can the power consumption go? Shouldn’t 0.2W power consumption in offline e-reader mode be a realistic goal? Thus shouldn’t the child get 100 minutes of use for 1 minute of cranking?

Since most of the children served by laptops from the OLPC project live off the grid, and may not get electricity for many years, getting the power consumption down on the laptops is one of OLPC’s main engineering goals. This and lowering the cost of the laptops to below $100 per laptop are the main goals of the OLPC project.

I’d like to see all the major ARM Processor makers announce that they will support OLPC in that goal, so that the XO 1.75 may not only be based on the Marvell processor, but that other processors will be optimized for it as well. All ARM Powered laptops shall point towards the same goals in my opinion, also in terms of software optimizations. We need fast and smooth web browsers, have Google and everyone else focus on optimizing the web browsing speed using the Chrome browser. While having everyone focus on one OS for all ARM Powered laptops may be a good idea eventually, until we figure out which OS are the best for which use, having easy multi-boot menus work and utilizing a minimal of extra storage space to ship laptops with multiple choices of Linux OS such as shipping ARM Powered XO laptops with Fedora based Sugar OS, with a Gnome desktop alternative, and with eventually an alternative based on a combination of Android and Chrome OS may be the best solution.

Free wireless broadband is also a priority. Sure a combination of existing cellular, ADSL, Fiber and WiFi Mesh networks of the OLPC project can already achieve a lot. But perhaps the generalization of use of 700mhz spectrum for wireless broadband all around the world will help lower the cost of deploying ubiquituous wireless broadband, especially in countries that deploy the OLPC project without having pre-existing broadband infrastructures in place. The TV spectrum needs to be used for free wireless broadband for all.

Rich countries need to prioritize the OLPC project in deploying revolutionary education using computers and Internet technology all over the world.

Source: smartplanet.com

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Exclusive video review: First non-Nokia Maemo Tablet device, installing apps on the Optima OP5-E

Posted by – February 4, 2010

After my unboxing and review video and my video-interview from IFA, hyere’s my third Optima OP5-E video where I test the installing of some of the .deb Maemo Linux applications (found at http://www.woojoy.com/repository/) from the File manager directly onto the Optima OP5-E.

This device is now being released with 3G access in China through China Mobile and is being integrated with HSDPA for release to the European market, if distributors or telecom service providers approach Optima for the release of this device. If you are a distributor, Optima has told me that they can be contacted directly about any enquiries on this device at Stephen Kwan’s email address: shkwan@wtpacific.com or through their website: http://en.optima-china.com/

This is the first example of a Maemo Linux based device that is not manufactured by Nokia. I think this device might be sold below $300 unlocked while consider that the Nokia N900 costs over $600 unlocked.

My previous Optima OP5-E videos have had coverage on these sites among others:

http://www.engadget.com/2009/09/04/optimas-maemo-running-op5-e-mid-demoed-on-video-priced/
http://nexus404.com/Blog/2009/12/08/optima-op5-e-mid-reviewed-optimas-maemo-mid-comes-with-4-3-inch-screen-3-2-megapixel-camera-3g/
http://pocketnow.com/tech-news/optima-op5-e-runs-maemo-linux-just-like-nokia-n900
http://www.softsailor.com/news/13436-optima-op5-e-tablet-is-running-maemo-5soon-starting-from-300.html
http://www.jdmag.com/optima-op5-e-mid-the-first-non-nokia-maemo-device/
http://www.journaldugeek.com/2009/12/08/optima-op5-e-maemo/
and many more sites…

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Sheeva Plug 2.0 and Plug Computer 3.0 at CES 2010

Posted by – January 19, 2010

Here is one of the cheapest NAS and home networked computer system available on the market. For less than $100 you get a Marvell powered plug computer which functions not only as a NAS, it can host a bunch of applications and runs on open source embedded Linux software.

Eyecon based on Marvell powered Sheevaplug

Posted by – January 18, 2010

Eyecon Technologies provides an always-on media control software for Android and iPhone for managing digital content in the home from all compatible UPnP/DLNA sources in the home and authorised sources on internet.