Improving Graphical Processing Performance for Low Cost Laptop

Client Overview

An NGO running a ”one laptop per child” (OLPC) campaign to empower the world’s poorest children through education using rugged, low-cost, low-power, and connected laptops.

Business Challenge

The NGO wanted to make a low-cost laptop with optimal hardware configurations designed for:

  • Improved graphics rendering performance for intensive graphics applications
  • Optimized firmware for optimal usage of Marvell PXA2128 based hardware capacity

VOLANSYS Contribution

VOLANSYS’ Marvell experts provided consulting and support services for Marvell PXA 2128 board with the following:

  • Symmetric multi-processing (SMP)enhancement for Linux Kernel, dual core CPU
  • Ported device drivers and made compatible to SMP – wireless antennas, USB and more.
  • Security enhancements
  • Generic Interrupt Controller(GIC) performance optimization
  • Open-firmware bootloader modifications
  • Graphics performance optimization:
    • DRM (Direct Rendering Manager) support enabled
    • GCU/GPU (Graphics Controller Unit and Graphics Processing Unit) support enabled
    • Hardware acceleration of OPENGL/OPENGLES applications support
  • Support easy field repair by children
  • Support for weather extreme environmental conditions such as high heat and humidity

Benefits Delivered

  • Improved product graphical processing performance at minimum required hardware configuration per unit cost
  • SLA based support team
  • Faster go-to-market