Posts Tagged ‘Adam’
Tablets are certainly the device of the moment. Consumer’s love the Touchscreen interface, Manufacturers love the new untapped market, develoeprs love the new revenue stream and analysts love talking about it all. But not since the launch of the Appple iPad has there been a tablet that has received so much attention. We are of course talking about the adam from Notion Ink.
The adam has been in development for a long time, but it looks like it is almost ready. Over the past few weeks, Rohan Shravan, the man behind this Tegra 2 based tablet, has been writing some very interesting posts on the company blog, and it seems that all 6 variants of the tablet are heading for a European launch very soon. They mention 6th December as a key date many of you will recognise as the date that the new version of Android is supposedly going to be announced to the world. With only 24 hours to go, we don’t have long to wait to find out.
The most recent blog post has received over 2,000 comments from frenzied fans all wanting to get their hands on this rather wonderful looking tablet. Unlike other tablets, it doesn’t look anything like the fabled iPad. It looks functional, it looks business-like and it looks as if it could really usher in next evolution of tablets. The companies website has also been updated over the past few weeks and is worth a look if you haven’t looked at it for a while.
Nvidia has been talking about the Tegra 2 for almost a year and after many false starts and delays it looks like we could see a raft of devices all powered by this new super-fast ARM processor. With many of the top game development companies supporting the Tegra 2 we fully expect a quantum leap in quality of mobile games in the very near future.
The adam is another example of where ARM technology is taking us. It’s cheap, super-efficient and powerful. Never before has there been a mobile processor quite like it. It is very unlikely that Intel can produce an Atom processor that can compete with it which leaves ARM with a very large lead in the new hot mobile market. The question is – can Intel keep up with the ARM ecosystem in the mobile world?
The Adam tablet by Notion Ink has managed to get a lot of people excited since it was revealed almost 12 months ago. Whether it was the because of the choice of the powerful Tegra 250 processor or the inclusion of the Pixel Qi screen technology or simply because it’s a beautiful looking Android tablet with loads of inputs and outputs it’s hard to say. The latest official blog update from Notion Ink reveals the price range for the four variants of Adam they intend to sell; LCD or Pixel Qi with either Wi-Fi or 3G. $399 to $498 USD seems to be the price point they hope to meet,but as always allow some room for movement up or down.
In addition, they also reveal that they hope to get the tablet certified for use in the US in October/November, and provide some tantalising snippets of information about a much improved User Interface they have created for the Adam. And SlashGear web site published their second part of the Notion Ink interview with loads more exciting information; Support from a leading game developers and even information on the third generation Tegra processor.
For a relatively unknown company to receive so much “Adam-specific” software support suggest to us that a very large and well known company is helping Notion Ink become the first serious iPad rival. You like us, think it’s Google. Let’s hope we’re right because the Adam tablet sounds very impressive and we really hope it sells in high volume when it’s released. Could it be the very first dual-core Cortex-A9 device on the market?
This time last year we, like everyone else, were talking about the mythical Apple tablet. Would it be ARM based rather than x86, would it utilise a dual-core processor, and what on earth it would be used for anyway? Since the incredbily successful launch of the iPad in April this year, we have yet to see any challenge to Apple’s dominance of this new and exciting market. This is all set to change if recent rumours are to be believed.
Research In Motion, the Canadian company behind the incredibly successfully Blackberry series of smartphones is rumoured to be readying their own tablet for a 2010 release. Very little information is known about the tablet other than it will take advantage of their latest Operating System and is known internally as ‘the blackbook’. Interesting.
And finally, Samsung, the South Korean giant, is getting ready to launch their own tablet on August 12th. Based on the Samsung Wave S smartphone, the tablet will also run Android and will be powered by an ARM processor. Similar to the iPad, we fully expect it to be a Cortex-A8 running at 1GHz, rather than the more desirable dual-core Cortex-A9 found in the NotionInk tablet.
The single-core Cortex-A8 processor has been used to power an entire generation of smartphones, but when it comes to high resolution tablets it makes sense that dual-core Cortex-A9 processors will be necessary. With dual-core ARM processors announced from Qualcomm, Nvidia, Marvel and Texas Instruments, 2010 could well be the year that mobile internet devices go multi-core.
We’re very excited by the prospect of ARM powered tablets coming to market. Because the technology and form factor of tablets is a natural evolution of smartphones, we believe they will eat into the x86 netbook market over the coming years and help move ARM into Intel’s home territory of netbooks, PCs and servers. Intel had better watch out, because like it or not, the ARM Tablet Tsunami is fast approaching.
We have been following the development of the Notion Ink tablet called Adam for almost a year now and we must admit to be quite excited by it. Prototype models look very stylish and come with Android and an array of connectors such as HDMI, USB and audio in and out. Best of all is the screen utilises the Pixel Qi (pronounced Pixel Chi) display technology which can allow you to easily see the display in even the sunniest of days.
The companies web site has not been updated for quite sometime, but their blog has seen a flurry of posts in the past few days. One of the posts teases us to a possible link with Google. Could it be that Notion Ink is the design partner for Google’s mysterious tablet? It certainly seems like a very real possibility as they promise to divulge more information soon.
In related news, it is worth remembering that Google will be announcing their Q2 results tomorrow so if we are really lucky they may have some more information to share with us too. At the very least we would like to learn more about their new client Operating System Chromium and when it is likely to be made available.