Project Ara, the modular handset

Paul Eremenko, the Head of Project Ara, took to Google+ a few days ago to share some excited news. Not only do they have several prototypes that are showing signs of life and promise, but they have confirmed two companies and their chips that will be a part of Project Ara.

Eremenko said the following:

…we have been working with our friends at Marvell and NVIDIA to create two separate reference designs and form factor module prototypes around their PXA1928 and Tegra K1 processors…

He went on to talk about Toshiba’s involvement by providing the “UniPro switch and bridge ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits)”, and how they are close to providing the second generation right before New Year’s that will go into the Spiral 3 prototype. He also mentioned that they will be showing all of this and more at the Project Ara Developers Conference 2015. If you are interested in going, there are still spots open, and you can get a spot here.

Project Ara has had a lot of ups and downs, and for a while seemed like it would just be a fantasy. However recently we have seen a lot of ground being covered, and it feels more and more like this may become a reality.

via Google+

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