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XO-3 update: OLPC and Marvell partner to design a line of tablets

XO-3 design by Yves Behar XO-3 taking a photo
This post is now in French on the OLPC France blog - thanks, Lionel! I'm happy to announce that today we finalized a partnership with Marvell to design a line of education-focused tablet computers. Some of these will be OLPC machines targeted for the developing world, such as the XO-3. The line will be based both on Marvell's reference design for its Moby tablet and on OLPC's XO-3 designs (particularly for the low-power end of the line).  (Hat-tip to Charbax for predicting this in March.) Update: see also this video of Nicholas discussing our current tablet plans. (If you look closely, you can see that some of the highlights were from a talk in the new Media Lab building.) The first tablets in the line will be based closely on the Moby, '''not''' the XO-3, and focused more on children in the developed world. They will be on display at CES 2011 in January, and available next year for under $100. The original XO-3 design is still planned for 2012.  More details after the jump. Some background: Marvell is a long-time supporter of OLPC and one of our founding Board members, with a deep organizational interest in education. They supplied the wireless chips used in the XO designs to date, and have contributed related testing and debugging. This partnership marks a much more serious collaboration in hardware design. The Moby is currently being piloted in at-risk schools in Washington DC, and Marvell is investing in a Mobylize campaign to improve tech adoption within US classrooms. This should help lower-case olpc move forward in the developed world -- we still lag behind many European and Asian countries in both bandwidth and classroom technology. OLPC are moving forward with our XO-1.75 designs for an lower-power ARM-based version of the current XO design -- this will be the next model for our target schools. The XO-3 is still planned for late 2012, and will benefit from the experience of both the 1.75 and the Moby efforts. Weili Dai, Marvell's co-founder, says about the partnership:
"The Moby tablet platform – and our partnership with OLPC – represents our joint passion and commitment to give students the power to learn, create, connect and collaborate in entirely new ways. I am immensely proud of the capability of our Moby tablet and I am extremely honored to partner with the inventor of the netbook market for education, Dr. Nicholas Negroponte. I applaud his leadership, vision, passion and together we will make the world a better place.”
Nicholas and Ed and our Marvell partners have been giving interviews for two days leading up to this morning's announcement.  Other news writeups:


$100 computing in 2010 | One Laptop per Child (not verified) says: [...] office, and happily tested them out) and Marvell’s Moby (projected at $99, but the design may change), and 5 new Android devices VIA expects to see come out for between $100 and $150 next [...] May 27, 2010 at 10 am

SJ’s Longest Now » Blog Archive » OLPC updates its hardware (not verified) says: [...] and OLPC just announced a partnership to design a line of tablets, including the current Marvell Moby and the OLPC XO-3 reference designs.  This is good news for [...] May 27, 2010 at 11 am

Viv (not verified) says: This really isn't a comment. I have a question and that is...are these $100 computers available in the USA for us to buy? I only see that these computers are available to other countries. I have grandchildren that I would love to purchase a couple of them for. And if we can purchase them how or where can they purchased at? May 27, 2010 at 12 pm

platypus (not verified) says: Marvell Comics at least will add to the popularity and I don't see how it can harm as long as they stay focused on the mission of OLPC. I just hope they don't become a vehicle for the big comic book Hollywood movies. Hopefully they share the same vision in bringing education to children and not viewing them as potential revenue source for their comic book merchandise. May 27, 2010 at 2 pm

OLPC partners with Marvell for their new XO tablet | GottaBe (not verified) says: [...] Liliputing | One Laptop per Child | Marvell press [...] May 27, 2010 at 4 pm

OLPC tablet to have dual-mode screen, run Android, be at CES (not verified) says: [...] program’s leader, Nicholas Negroponte, showed off some renderings of the XO-3 tablet, and announced several new details at an MIT Media Lab event. The occasion for the presentation was a partnership with Marvell, whose [...] May 28, 2010 at 1 am

OLPC takes tablet route, working on XO-3 tablet prototype - (not verified) says: [...] upon the lately goad anger of the tablets. saint Negroponte, originator of One Laptop Per Child, has announced that their non-profit methodicalness module physique the incoming procreation of change $100 [...] May 28, 2010 at 9 am

XO-3 news around the world | One Laptop per Child (not verified) says: [...] newswires in other languages (in French, in Spanish, in German); they tend to be confused about what will be available when at what cost.  Still, it’s fascinating to read some of the international views on what this [...] May 28, 2010 at 3 pm

Планета е-книг » Blog Archive » OLPC плюс Marvell равно XO-3 (not verified) says: [...] Первоисточник…) [...] May 29, 2010 at 9 am

TekJoos - TekJoos (not verified) says: [...] program’s leader, Nicholas Negroponte, showed off some renderings of the XO-3 tablet, and announced several new details at an MIT Media Lab event. The occasion for the presentation was a partnership with Marvell, whose [...] May 29, 2010 at 9 pm

Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » Sub $100 Tablet i (not verified) says: [...] OLPC and Marvell partner to design a line of tablets – $100 Laptops for the World – A Child’s View of the OLPC Laptop – [...] May 30, 2010 at 7 am

XO-1, XO-1.5, XO-1.75, XO-2, XO-3 ? | OLPC France (not verified) says: [...] mock-up ont été publiés par Yves Behar sur son site. [MAJ 30/05/2010] La fondation a annoncé un partenariat avec Marvell pour produire d’ici Janvier 2011 une première version d’une tablette qui serait la [...] May 30, 2010 at 9 am

Partenariat Marvell/OLPC pour le XO-3: décryptage | OLPC Fra (not verified) says: [...] Voici la traduction de l’annonce de la fondation publiée sur son blog officiel: [...] May 30, 2010 at 3 pm

Lionel (not verified) says: Hi Samuel, May 30, 2010 at 3 pm

Lionel (not verified) says: Due to a relative confusion in newspapers in France about this announcement, we decided to do a French translation of this post on our blog. Available on May 30, 2010 at 3 pm

Lionel (not verified) says: Lionel. May 30, 2010 at 3 pm

OLPC: il progetto del 2011 con Marvell ed XO 3 del 2012 | se (not verified) says: [...] una nuova piattaforma basata su un processore Marvell. L’idea di come potrà essere nel 2012 il modello XO 3 l’avevamo già avuta 5 mesi fa, ma per il CES del 2011 (in gennaio) sarà [...] May 31, 2010 at 1 am

OLPC announces XO-3 tablet - GeospatialLearning@PrimarySchoo (not verified) says: [...] On May 27th the OLPC foundation announced that they formed a partnership with Marvell to build a line of new tablet PC´s in the upcoming years. One of those is supposed to be the OLPC XO-3. More information can be found in the OLPC press release here. [...] May 31, 2010 at 12 pm

sj (not verified) says: Viv - not at present, though the first Marvell machines are likely to be available for purchase next Spring. May 31, 2010 at 8 pm

sj (not verified) says: Platypus - a good point. I believe they had to agree to rebrand Xavier's kids the XO-Men and to have them fight ignorance in future films; which is a start. May 31, 2010 at 8 pm

sj (not verified) says: Lional - superb, thank you. Now Adam has a version of the post he can read as well. May 31, 2010 at 8 pm

Lionel (not verified) says: Thanks SJ but you miss the "h" of "http" in the link in your post.
Hehehe Adam is the most frenchy guy at OLPC ;-) June 1, 2010 at 3 am

Innovation Works…in Un-mysterious Ways « The Innovation Move (not verified) says: [...] Laptop Per Child Project announced in May that it is teaming with Marvell, an electronics maker, to create a $75 tablet device that will offer a full computer and e-reading [...] June 1, 2010 at 5 pm

Ulandscomputeren bliver vildere og billigere | LabConfidenti (not verified) says: [...] OLPC via Fast Company var addthis_pub = ''; var addthis_language = 'en';var addthis_options = 'email, favorites, digg, delicious, myspace, google, facebook, reddit, live, more'; swfobject.embedSWF("", "vvq-2580-youtube-1", "425", "355", "9", vvqexpressinstall, vvqflashvars, vvqparams, vvqattributes); [...] June 3, 2010 at 4 am

From One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) to Tablets | Trends In Ed (not verified) says: [...] Nearly 2 million children worldwide already use the renowned XO laptop computer, One Laptop Per Child (OLPC). Now OLPC has teamed up with developer Marvell to design the next generation of durable, low-cost computers for students in global regions underserved by technology: The sub-$100 XO tablet. [...] June 4, 2010 at 11 am

La Tablet de OLPC | Blumex (not verified) says: [...] Seguramente recordaran que desde hace algunos años Nicholas Negroponte ha trabajado de forma incansable en el tema de OLPC –One Laptop Per Child— con resultados por demás buenos, sin embargo en el camino se han tenido que tomar acciones como por ejemplo trabajar más enfocados en lo que es un netbook o como ahora que ya están trabajando en su primer tablet. El XO-3. [...] June 7, 2010 at 8 am

XO-3 interview compilation | One Laptop per Child (not verified) says: [...] about the XO-3 and our latest Marvell collaboration. If you didn’t pick it out of the original announcement, it’s worth a watch — and it’s a good short summary of where we are heading. [...] June 15, 2010 at 1 pm

Jake (not verified) says: This isn't a comment, but I HAVE to know ARE THESE GOING TO BE AVAILABLE IN THE USA? I mean, why not? Other countries aren't the only place children need laptops. PLEASE tell me this will be available in America too! August 19, 2010 at 11 pm