CES 2012: OLPC and Marvell combine for new $100 education tablet

January 9, 2012

The low-cost, low-power tablet is designed to be used by children in poverty across the world, and is expected to cost around $100 per device to contracted governments.

OLPC, a not-for-profit organization, says that the tablet – which has an 8-inch 1024 x 768 resolution display – will run Android or Linux and will be able to be charged by ‘wind-up handle mechanisms’ or solar panels.

The slate is customized to the end user’s needs, meaning that it can be fitted with a 800MHz or 1GHz processor, a 1500 or 1800 mAh battery and, intriguingly, a choice of an LCD or a Pixel Qi display – with the latter being able to offer great readability in direct sunlight.

The tablet is powered with an energy-efficient Armada PXA618 SoC from Marvell, and this lowers the power requirements of the tablet to just 2W. The tablet also features 512MB of RAM, 4GB of memory storage and connections for USB.

OLPC has been before with low-cost consumer electronics, having previously promised to distribute tablet and laptops computers for between $50 and $100 a piece. Despite sometimes appearing to struggle to get the price down to this level, the organization now claims to have distributed its laptops to over 2.4 million children in 42 countries and in 25 languages.

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