Skip to main content

OLPC Partners With Marvell on Tablets

The One Laptop Per Child project has announced a partnership with electronics manufacturer Marvell to design a series of education-focused tablet computers aimed at schools in emerging markets. The initial designs will be based on Marvell’s Moby tablet, but future designs will be work towards low-power versions of the OLPC’s very slim XO-3 designs, which is aiming at a 2012 release. The move signals the OLPC project is shifting away from systems based on traditional notebook designs and shifting towards tablet computers.

“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,” said OLPC chairman and founder Nicholas Negroponte, in a statement. “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.”

The OLPC plans for the Marvell-based tablets to operate on as little as one watt of power (compared to 5 watts for the current OLPC XO laptop), and will feature a multi-lingual soft-touch keyboard with touch feedback so users can type on it usually almost any language. OLPC also says the device will feature an ereader application to users can tap into more than 2 million free books via the Internet. The device will feature a dual-mode display that can be used both indoors and outdoors in direct sunlight. The OLPC hopes that entire machine casing—including the screen—can be plastic.

The Moby tablet is currently being evaluated in pilot programs at at-risk schools in Washington D.C. OLPEC plans to show the first fruits of their collaboration with Marvell at CES in 2011. Although it’s too early to speculate on pricing details, Negroponte told PC World he believes the XO-3 tablets will eventually come in at around $75.

The current Moby tablet runs on Marvel’s own Armada processor, and supports Android, Ubuntu Linux, and Windows Mobile, along with 1080p video and support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless networking. The units can support GPS functionality, and can support a built-in camera for video conferencing and pictures.

Editors' Recommendations

Geoff Duncan
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Geoff Duncan writes, programs, edits, plays music, and delights in making software misbehave. He's probably the only member…
I don’t care if the Asus ROG Flow Z13 is a laptop or a tablet — I just want one
Asus ROG Flow Z13 gaming laptop.

The ROG Flow Z13 is Asus' new gaming laptop. I think. It's actually a tablet, but it has gaming laptop components inside, and it can work as the centerpiece of a desktop setup.

I spent too much time at CES 2022 thinking about if the ROG Flow Z13 is a laptop or tablet than I care to share. But then I tried it, and I realized it doesn't matter one way or the other. It's just an excellent gaming device that I can't wait to spend more time with.

Read more
This 10.3-inch Lenovo tablet is only $129 for Cyber Monday
Lenovo tablet with Ambient Mode

The best Cyber Monday deals just keep floating in, and with every one, we see the prices getting lower and lower, like this new Cyber Monday tablet deal we discovered at Walmart. The Lenovo Tab M10 FHD Plus, a 10.3-inch Android 9 tablet, is discounted at Walmart, down to $129 with free shipping, normally $210. That is a fantastic deal for any tablet, let alone one that includes a powerful 2.3GHz Octa-core processor and 4GB of RAM. You can check out more about the deal and the Lenovo Tab M10 below.

Today's best Cyber Monday tablet deal

Read more
Which tablet should you buy on Cyber Monday 2021?
how much ram do you need apple ipad pro spring21 5g connectivity 04202021

The best Cyber Monday deals you can get when it comes to tablets are typically for Amazon Fire Tablets and Kindles. Amazon discounts its Fire HD, Fire HD Kids Edition, and most of the Kindle lineup by as much as 50% on Cyber Monday. Even in the weeks leading up to the shopping holiday, you could buy a 2019 Fire HD 10 Tablet for $74.99, which is half of the regular price of $149.99. In addition to Amazon tablets, you can find some of the best Cyber Monday tablet deals from other brands like Samsung, Apple, and even lesser-known names like onn.

View Tablet Cyber Monday Deals at Amazon
View Tablet Cyber Monday Deals at Best Buy
View Tablet Cyber Monday Deals at Walmart

Read more