CES 2013: Marvell unveils OLPC XO-4 touchscreen laptop

Semiconductor firm Marvell and non-profit organisation One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) have unveiled a prototype of their fourth-generation device at CES Unveiled.

The partners demonstrated the XO-4, a convertible laptop with touch-screen capabilities that is designed to meet education needs in the developing world.

Jack Kang, Marvell's director of mobile business, confirmed to ITProPortal that the 7.5in colour touch-screen display - which uses Neocore’s IR-based technology - and the Marvell PXA 303 dual-core SoC, are the two biggest differences between the XO-4 and the first OLPC sub-notebook, the XO-1.

The new Marvell PXA2128 SoC, which is clocked at up to 1.2GHz, replaces the Marvell Armada PXA 618 found on the XO-1.75.

The XO-4's chassis remains the same and the only other noticeable difference is a mini-HDMI port. The device will run RedHat’s Fedora 18 and comes in iterations featuring 1GB or 2GB of RAM, and 4GB or 8GB of on-board storage.

Kang didn’t say when or whether the XO-4 (or, indeed, the 8in XO-3 Android tablet also shown off at the event) will be launched but was able to confirm that OLPC will make an announcement over the next few weeks.

It's worth noting that OLPC products are not generally available on the consumer market and are typically purchased in bulk by governments to distribute to schools.

The Marvell executive also stated that the company is working on Cortex-A15 products to be launched this year, and quad-core Cortex-A7 SoCs to be unveiled later in 2013.