OLPC's XO 3 tablet uses 1GHz ARM SoC to run Sugar Linux or Android

2012-Jan-09 | Tags: SoClaptoptablet

Linux on ARMOne Laptop per Child (OLPC) demonstrated a "fully functional" version of its long-delayed XO 3.0 tablet, equipped with a 1GHz Marvell Armada PXA618 processor running Sugar Linux or Android 3.x. Like OLPC's XO 2 laptop, the eight-inch tablet is aimed at educational systems in developing nations, and it will feature an optional sunlight-readable Pixel Qi touchscreen plus the ability to draw power from an optional solar panel or crank charger.

In May of 2010, OLPC and Marvell agreed to develop the next-generation OLPC XO 3 tablets based on Marvell's Moby reference design (pictured at right) running its 1GHz Armada 610 system-on-chip (SoC). Later that year, Marvell said it would provide the non-profit OLPC Foundation with $5.6 million to fundthe development of a next-generation bendable, dual-screen tablet that would follow the Moby-based design.

On Jan. 8, the companies used the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to demonstrate a "fully functional" version of the Moby-based XO 3 tablet. Like earlier XO netbooks, it will be heading for OLPC's established customer base among educational systems in developing nations. The tablet will feature both Android and Linux, say the partners.

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