Feeds

Chip maker to take on iPad with $99 tablet

Apple-beating mini Marvell?

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Chip maker Marvell - the company that acquired Intel's ARM-based processor portfolio back in 2006 - is to pitch a low-cost tablet to students.

Dubbed the Moby, the device will provide 1080p video playback, always-on - Wi-Fi rather than 3G - internet connectivity, gaming-capable 3D graphics, e-book reader software and support for Adobe Flash content.

And it'll only cost you $99 (£65), Marvell said.

Aimed squarely at the education market, Moby will major on offering textbook downloads, the semiconductor firm said.

But it said little about Moby's technical specifications beyond the fact the tablet will run on a Marvell Armada 600 processor clocked to a "gigahertz-class speed". The company said Moby will also contain Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, have an FM radio receiver and a GPS pick-up.

Versions will be available based on Google's Android, but Marvell will also offer Windows Mobile-powered Mobies too.

"Actual size and weight vary by configuration, but Marvell's ultra thin and light Moby tablet is expected to hold a full year's worth of books but weigh less than half of one typical textbook," it added.

Marvell said it will donate one Moby for every child in the US District of Columbia Public School system, but it gave no timescale for the programme - or for Moby's wider release. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.