Marvell’s Android-based tablet powered by Armada processors showcased; design may spur more such devices by year-end

March 17, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Marvell, the chipmaker, has showcased its version of the tablet  at the Future of Publishing Summit that got underway at NY City.  The Marvell prototype may be seen as a reference design for a 10.1-inch Android-based color tablet , and is expected that companies would push the design as a base to make their own devices. If things work out as planned, guys at Marvell would love to see tablets based on this design to go on sale by the end of this year.  

The prototype device based on Marvell’s own low-cost, power-efficient Armada processors, looks a bit hefty. But we guess we should look at the technology before writing it off for being a chunky piece.  May be, companies who would love to take off from the Marvell design would make sexy, slim pieces later on. The Marvell tablet is said to have capabilities to playback 1080p video, while keeping the battery running to extended hours.

Clearly aimed at publishers, the tablet device has all in it to pose competition for the handful of eReaders already with us. Capable of displaying the text on screen with color instead of E-Ink and also playing video, we guess Marvell has done most of what is needed to stay in the race. With Marvell showing the way, many a tablet maker is likely to pick the design and take it forward from there. Let’s wait to see if devices based on the Marvell design would be in the market by the year-end. And, if they do, we expect the prices to be somewhat close to the $499 that Apple has attached to the iPad. We will wait to know more.

(Via Technologizer)

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