AAPL Stock: 118.03 ( -0.85 )

Printed from

OLPC's XO-2 likely to drop AMD chips for ARM

updated 10:15 am EDT, Thu March 12, 2009

OLPC XO2 Likely ARM Chips

The One Laptop Per Child project's CTO Ed McNierney today said that the organization's XO-2 notebook will most likely drop AMD's Geode processor in favor of an ARM-based, all-in-one processor. OLPC is "almost" set to implement a new chip and would make the switch both to reduce the power draw as well as to give the portable accelerated graphics and wireless without needing separate chips that would boost the cost. AMD's design is older and simpler by comparison.

The "XO-1 uses an average of 5 watts of power, and while most people think that's amazingly low, we think it's our biggest problem," McNierney says. By contrast, a typical ARM processor uses significantly less than 1W. Intel's lowest-power Atom processor uses under 0.7W.

Higher speed and more features will be necessary for the XO-2, which will center on dual multi-touch screens and may eventually include 3G or WiMAX to get Internet access without using the XO-1's signature Wi-Fi mesh networking. OLPC would lighten the performance load by using Linux, though Windows may not be an option given Microsoft's lack of support for non-x86 chips.

The XO-2 is also now scheduled to ship in about 18 months, or late 2010. It's not known how likely the system is likely to ship to North America, either as a stand-alone purchase or as part of an updated Give 1 Get 1 program.

by MacNN Staff



Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Ultimate Ears Megaboom Bluetooth Speaker

Ultimate Ears (now owned by Logitech) has found great success in the marketplace with its "Boom" series of Bluetooth speakers, a mod ...

Kinivo URBN Premium Bluetooth Headphones

We love music, and we're willing to bet that you do, too. If you're like us, you probably spend a good portion of your time wearing ...

Jamstik+ MIDI Controller

For a long time the MIDI world has been dominated by keyboard-inspired controllers. Times are changing however, and we are slowly star ...


Most Commented