updated 11:40 am EDT, Tue March 16, 2010
Marvell tailors 10in ARM tablet for e-readers
Marvell at the Future of Publishing Summit on Tuesday showed a prototype of a 10-inch tablet running Android. The example device uses a non-production shell but is expected to be fast, using an ARM-based Armada processor that could give it 1080p video playback without hurting battery life. The version on display appears to be using Android 1.6 rather than 2.0 or 2.1, but this would be more likely to change in a finished product.
Expected given its presence at the summit, the tablet is being marketed towards publishers that want an e-reader that can still display color and play video but with more control over their own platform.
The semiconductor firm itself isn't making a device of its own but fully expects production tablets to ship before the end of the year. Costs are unknown but could see the device cost below the $499 price of the iPad depending on storage and features. Android tablets are quickly becoming the primary opponent to Apple in the tablet space as hardware like the ICD Ultra and Notion Ink Adam now make up the majority of alternatives to the iPad outside of a cheaper but more limited e-paper book reader. [via Technologizer]