TI, AllGo announce reference design for sub-$70 Android tablets

etab-eference-design-2-200.jpgHere’s an interesting story. PC Advisor is reporting a reference design for building Android 4.0 tablets under $70…

TI has partnered with AllGo Embedded Systems, and the projected BOM cost includes the chip, plastic casing, battery, screen, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, writes Agam Shah. This applies when the parts are bought in 100,000-unit quantities.

He writes:
The reference design is aimed at hardware developers that want to build a custom tablet, or those building embedded hardware for enterprises, such as a bar-code scanners, biometrics devices and control panels.

The tablet design could also be used in the education sector, said Libo He, business development manager at TI.

Back in September, AllGo first announced the design: “AllGo Systems launches Enterprise Tablet Reference Design Kit (eTAB RDK) targeting B2B tablet manufacturers”. According to the release:

“The eTAB reference design kit (RDK) from AllGo offers a low cost tablet reference design that runs on TI AM3354 processor with high performance ARM Cortex A8 core & PowerVR 3D graphics. eTAB has a 7″ capacitive touch display and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. eTAB is intended towards acceleration of time-to-market for B2B tablets targeting logistics, retail, healthcare, hospitality and education market segments. The RDK package from AllGo offers one unit of the eTAB tablet hardware, hardware design files and Android 4.0 OS at a very affordable price of US$ 999.”

Highlights according to AllGo:

  •     720MHz ARM Cortex A8 AM3354 processor – 3D Graphics
  •     Android 4.0 ICS
  •     5-Touch Capacitive Panel
  •     7″ WVGA Display
  •     DDR3 RAM – 512MB
  •     Li-ion battery 3300mAH – complete power management
  •     Production-grade reference design with full design files & source code access



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