OLPC XO-4 Touch Laptop Powered by Marvell ARMADA PXA2128

Last year, OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) announced their first laptop powered by ARM, with OLPC X-1.75 powered by Marvell ARMADA 610 single core processor (And sold over 100,000 since Q1 2012). The 2 new models – OLPC XO-4 and OLPC XO-4 Touch – will be upgraded to ARMADA PXA2128 triple core processor (2 ARMv7 Core + 1 Hybrid LPM (Low Power Mode) ARMv7 core), which the OLPC XO-4 Touch offering multitouch support. OLPC XO-4 laptop will look exactly like the OLPC 1.75 laptop pictured below.

OLPC XO-4 will have the following specifications:

  • SoC – Marvell PXA2128 (ARMv7 compatible) @ 1 GHz with Vivante GC2000 GPU
  • System memory – 1GB or 2GB DDR3 RAM (Depending on configuration)
  • Mass storage:
    • 4 GB or 8GB NAND flash (eMMC)
    • Internal microSD card slot for repair/replacement
    • Externally accessible SD card slot;
  • Display – 7.5” dual-mode TFT display with touchscreen (2 simultaneous touch max)
  • Audio – Internal stereo speakers and amplifier, internal monophonic microphone,  jacks for stereo external headphones and microphones.
  • Camera –  integrated color video camera; 640 x 480 resolution at 30 FPS;
  • Connectivity – Integrated 802.11b/g (2.4GHz) interface (Marvell 88w8686 WLAN module)
    Sensors – Accelerometer (ST LIS3DH) and light sensor
  • External Connectors:
    • Headphone output – 3.5mm stereo audio jack
    • Microphone input –  3.5mm stereo microphone jack
    • USB –  2 Type-A USB 2.0 connectors
    • Video Output – micro-HDMI connector
    • SD Card slot
  • Battery – 2,800 mAh (LiFePO4) or 3,000 mAh (NiMH)
  • Dimension – 245mm × 230mm × 30.5mm
  • Weight – With LiFePO4 battery: 1.36 Kg; with NiMH battery: 1.58 Kg

OLPC XO-4 (Touch) will run Fedora 18 with both Sugar or GNOME software.

Charbax was at Marvell stand at ARM Techcon 2012 to learn more about the new OLPC laptop (See video below), and OLPC XO-4 will not only be faster than OLPC XO-1.75 (Thanks to a faster processor), but possibly lower power as well.

The laptop should be available in Q1 2013. To my knowledge, no price has been disclosed yet, but I suppose it should be below $200 like the previous version. Check out OLPC XO-4 Touch Wiki for more information.

There was also another Marvell educational initiative with the “Classroom 3.0 SMILE Plug”, but since there’s not much new information since my previous post, except a faster processor (ARMADA 370) is used in the latest model and we know the price is $189 (If volumes picks up it will be below $100), I will not blog about it this time. Check out armdevices.net if you want to find out about the latest development for the Marvell SMILE Plug.

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