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Marvell 1GHz ARMADA 618 mobile chipset & $99 Pantheon smartphone platform outed

Marvell 1GHz ARMADA 618 mobile chipset & $99 Pantheon smartphone platform outed

Marvell have announced their latest strategy to corner both the high and the low end of the smartphone market.  Up at the flagship end comes the Marvell ARMADA 618 [PDF link], a 1GHz ARM v7 Sheeva chipset with support for 1080p HD decode/encode together with 16-megapixel image processing and four simultaneous displays, while at the entry-level point is the Marvell Pantheon platform, a $99 smartphone design suitable for Android, Windows Mobile and other OS'.

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GuruPlug Server Plus boosts Sheevaplug, adds eSATA & more

GuruPlug Server Plus boosts Sheevaplug, adds eSATA & more

Remember Marvell's third-gen Sheevaplug?  The newest server-in-a-wall-wart made its debut at CES 2010 last month, adding WiFi and Bluetooth along with a faster, more capable chipset.  As we saw before, the core Sheevaplug design often prompts some interesting third-party versions, and one such mini-server is Globalscale's GuruPlug Server Plus.  It takes the basics of the Sheevaplug and throws in an eSATA port, a second gigabit ethernet port and a microSD card slot.

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PlugPBX turns Marvell SheevaPlug into Asterisk VoIP system

PlugPBX turns Marvell SheevaPlug into Asterisk VoIP system

Skype did a great job of pushing VoIP into the mainstream, but if you've considered graduating up from their closed platform to a more open, flexible system such as the open-source Asterisk project then you may have found it all a bit intimidating.  How about a straightforward VoIP system served up by a low-power, super-simple Marvell SheevaPlug instead?  The PlugPBX project promises just that: a custom Asterisk/FreePBX VoIP build designed to drop straight onto a SheevaPlug.

Video demo after the cut

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Astri MID mini dual-display Android ebook reader [Video]

Astri MID mini dual-display Android ebook reader [Video]

The Entourage eDGe dual-display clamshell netbook is great, if you don't mind toting a rucksack all the time, but what if you'd prefer something a little more pocket-friendly?  Tucked away at CES 2010 was Astri's E Ink ereader, an Android-based mini-me version of the eDGe with a 5-inch Wacom touchscreen epaper panel on the left and a 4.8-inch WVGA LCD touchscreen on the right.

Video demo after the cut

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Marvell ARMADA 610 app processor: 1080p, HDMI, 3D graphics, more

Marvell ARMADA 610 app processor: 1080p, HDMI, 3D graphics, more

Along with the new Plug Computer 3.0, Marvell have also announced a new HD-capable chipset - the ARMADA 610 Application Processor - which promises a gigahertz-class CPU, Open GL ES 2.0 and 1.1 and Open VG support, full 1080p encode/decode and 3D graphics.  Marvell reckon the ARMADA 610 will find its way into future MIDs, e-readers and other always-on portable devices, which will take advantage of the application processor's various connectivity options including HDMI and USB 2.0.

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Hearst’s Skiff digital media service announced; 3G e-reader coming in 2010

Hearst’s Skiff digital media service announced; 3G e-reader coming in 2010

We can't say we think much of the name, but Hearst Corporation's new Skiff electronic content distribution service will likely be seen as a lifeboat for beleaguered publishers.  Combining an "enhanced content experience" delivery service and digital store, Skiff will make its newspaper, magazine, book and other content available on various existing devices, including smartphones like the iPhone, Hearst are also planning their own ebook reader for release in 2010, based on a Marvell chipset and using Sprint's 3G EVDO Rev.A network for wireless connectivity.

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Spring Design Alex gets hands-on; shows off new Marvell ARMADA 166E ebook SoC

Spring Design Alex gets hands-on; shows off new Marvell ARMADA 166E ebook SoC

Whether or not Barnes and Noble liked it enough to copy it, Spring Design's Alex prototype dual-display ebook reader is certainly nifty enough to capture our interest.  MaximumPC had a chance to go hands-on with the Alex, which has a 6-inch e-ink screen up top and a 3.5-inch color capacitive touchscreen underneath for control and navigation, as part of a Marvell demonstration for the company's new ARMADA 166E SoC.

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