Google's modular smartphone project continues to take shape, and new information from the company indicates its progress with a third prototype that is expected to see the spotlight during the year - as part of prestigious collaborations with NVIDIA and-Marvell In the chip sector
Has anyone seen my glands? Project Ara, The Google project (And originally from Motorola) To create a modular instrument platform that can replace parts in a fast and reliable way, is exposed a little more towards the annual CES exhibition. We already knew about Google's intentions to allow the user to choose from a number Processors Which are accepted in the market in their future modular smartphones, but we have not had much details about them yet.
The chips that are expected to be included as part of the modular specifications of instruments in the Ara project are the IC-Tegra K1 Of Anuidia and the "PXA1928 Of the Marvell Company. First, Envidia's Tegra K1 chip is a chip that is already recognized in the market due to its performance, which is somewhat comparable to the performance of the chipSnapdragon 810 Of Qualcomm. Although the K1 chip is best known for its integration into devices such as tablets Hanks 9 and the-Nvidia Shield, This chip is not as popular in the market as its competitors, but this popularity is high compared to chips Tegra Previous of the company. As stated,Tegra K1 comes with four Cortex-A15 cores and 2.3 GHz core speed, support up to eight gigabytes of RAM, support up to 4k, And is done in the production run of 28 nanometers.
The second chip tied to the Ara project was revealed by Google is chip Marvell's PXA1928. The chip, which resembles the K1 chip comes with 64 bit support, displays a four-core Cortex-A53 array at 1.5 GHz and a Vivante GC5000 graphics processor that supports up to 1080p screen resolution. The chip supports LTE networks, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and Bluetooth 4.0, which are identical to those of chip The K1.
The Verge covers the Ara project from the offices of Google In California
the month Google The second prototype of the project, called "Spiral 2", is expected to be unveiled at the next and upcoming CES show, which will take place from Friday to the ninth of this month (from Tuesday to next Friday). More in January is expected Toshiba To showcase the next generation of UniPro technology, the same technology that enables project devices to communicate with chips without direct contact.
The new generation of this technology is in the third prototype of the project, the "Spiral 3", which according to Google will be ready for presentation later this year. But despite its progress, recent statements of Google On the production of project equipment leaves doubt about the ability to do so in three-dimensional printing. According to Google, 3D Systems, the company that was supposed to produce the external structure of the modular devices will not be able to do so in a mass way with the technology in its current stages, causing Google to find another solution in the near future.
For more information on Project Ara we will have to wait for the official developer conference of the project, which will take place on the 14th of the month in California and on the 21st of the month in Singapore, a date that conflicts with Microsoft's special event About Windows 10.