Marvell SMILE Plug DevKit is Now Available for $199

The SMILE Plug is a development kit, designed jointly by Marvell and Standford University, that brings Wi-Fi connectivity to a classroom, and allows up to 60 pupils / students to interact with their teacher via their phones’ or tablets’ web browser. Other possible applications include cloud computing, wireless AP, industrial control, medical instrumentation, office automation, as well as mesh and grid computing.


The SMILE Plug is now available with the following updated specifications:

  • SoC – Marvell ARMv7 compliant Marvell ARMADA 370 CPUSMILE Plug Block Diagram
  • System Memory – 512 MB DDR3
  • Storage – 1 GB NAND Flash + microSD slot
  • Connectivity
    • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n via Marvell Avastar 88W8764 4×4 WiFi for up to 60 nodes
    • 2x Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0
  • External backup battery for hours of reserve power* (optional accessory)
  • Power on button and restart
  • Power Supply – 12V/2amp external power supply
  • JTAG and UART port for programming and debugging
  • Dimensions – 138 mm x 109 mm x 42 mm

The device runs on Arch Linux ARM, and high level software features SMILE server Inquiry Learning Based Environment application, Node.js and NPM (node packet manager).

The following SMILE software components will eventually be open sourced and available for download:

  • Global SMILE for iOS
  • SMILE for Android
  • SMILE Server for Node.js
  • SMILE Teacher Edition for Android
  • SMILE Teacher Edition for Java

The SMILE Plug can be purchased for $199 (US model), or part of a combo with a JTAG debugger for $228. Shipping costs are reasonable to the US (~$11), but overseas it may cost you over $50 (Fedex International Economy). If you want a similar box, but you don’t need to provide Wi-Fi to lots of people / nodes, you can also check out the $149 Mirabox Devkit based on the same platform, but comes with 1GB Memory, and runs Debian 6.

Thanks to Bennett for the news.

[Update: An interesting piece of information is that the SMILE Plug costs $30 to produce in quantities according to a Charbax video]

Share this:

Support CNX Software! Donate via cryptocurrencies or become a Patron on Patreon

ROCK Pi 4C Plus
Notify of
The comment form collects your name, email and content to allow us keep track of the comments placed on the website. Please read and accept our website Terms and Privacy Policy to post a comment.
11 years ago

Mele has the new S3 (western name is MNS01 – )
It’s based on Realtek 8196C (Datasheet: ). CPU is a MIPS, RLX4181. And clock is slower!
No USB3, but only one USB 2, but has an integrated battery.
Of course, no linux source provided, but google seems to indicate there are bit and pieces around.

Still, I wonder if the Smile stuff would work on that.

Cost (without shipping) is $60 on official Mele shop:

Khadas VIM4 SBC