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OLPC Gets $5.6M Grant To Develop Tablet With Marvell 100 100

tugfoigel writes "According to Xconomy, 'The One Laptop per Child Foundation and Santa Clara, CA-based semiconductor maker Marvell have cemented a partnership announced last spring, with Marvell agreeing to provide OLPC with $5.6 million to fund development of its next generation tablet computer. Nicholas Negroponte says the deal, signed in the past week or so but not previously announced, runs through 2011. "Their money is a grant to the OLPC Foundation to develop a tablet or tablets based on their chip," he says. The OLPC tablet ... is known as the XO 3 because it represents the third-generation of the XO laptop currently sold by OLPC (the foundation scrapped plans for its e-book-like XO 2 computer and is moving straight to the tablet). ... The deal, he says, means the tablet's development is "fully funded."'"
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OLPC Gets $5.6M Grant To Develop Tablet With Marvell

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  • Re:OLPC (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Eponymous Coward (6097) on Monday October 04, 2010 @05:32PM (#33788498)

    When you are satisfying consumer demand, is it caving?

  • by feenberg (201582) on Monday October 04, 2010 @05:33PM (#33788514)

    The good news is that the Marvel chip won't support Windows.

    The bad news is that the child with an OLPC while she may learn to do art on her computer, won't learn to do anything helpful in any labor market on earth. With a tablet, she won't even learn to touch type. I know that the project wants to prepare her for more self-actualizing career, such as poet, designer, president or CIO, very few will have that opportunity if they can't get an entry level job in the urban sector.

  • by wonkavader (605434) on Monday October 04, 2010 @06:15PM (#33788890)

    Heck yeah. The OLPC guys came out with a neato box for $200, and you had to buy one buy buying two (on for you, one for a kid). They missed their mark by something like a factor of two, but definitely came up with a bunch of good ideas for an educational device, and a cheap one, at that.

    Sure they'll miss the mark on this one, too. But it'll still push the industry downward. It won't take much innovation to get prices even lower, but it will take some. OLPC will provide some of that.

  • by MichaelSmith (789609) on Monday October 04, 2010 @06:45PM (#33789168) Homepage Journal

    Sounds like manufacturing let them down. Also they were first into the cheap netbook market so there may have been a burst of demand.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 05, 2010 @10:28AM (#33794098)

    I don't understand how people thought they completely sold out to Microsoft.

    An SD slot was included for increased capacity, and for standard mass storage that could be addressed by Windows (compared to direct access flash). The Firmware was updated to be friendlier to booting other operating systems. That's about the extent of what support they gave to Microsoft. Microsoft still had to write their own drivers, and figure out how to market it as a complete education product. However these two modifications made it possible to dual boot the system into more useful alternative linux distros which many G1G1 recipients did to make the device useful.

    However the whole focus of the OLPC has remained on the Sugar OS and NOT of Microsoft

    However the whole OLPC project is an example of what not to do. Poor deployment plans, Nicholas Negroponte, Sugar. Sugar is a great concept, but it ignores the fact that the vast majority of kids don't give a shit about developing but Sugar is developed around the idea that kids will want to program everything, then includes poorly documented code that they can't follow. And there's dozens of half-baked "learn to code" tools. Kids need a learning tool, not a programming tool. Sugar is Bugs-galore, and there's variations between system versions that keep breaking apps, and makes it frustrating to develop for. People complain about Windows being "Too heavy" for such a system. Try running sugar in a VM. It gobbles up RAM, and CPU with it's scripting based environment.

    Personally I think they'd do better to stick to a more standard GUI environment, then it would have access to a huge library of applications, and be easier to code for as it would be a shared target with other Linux systems.

All the simple programs have been written.