On Google+, Paul Eremenko, head of Project Ara, announced the collaboration with Nvidia and Marvell. The two companies will produce an AP (Application Processor) module that represents the heart of Project Ara, which houses the Soc (Cpu, Gpu and modem), Ram, memory and other components.
Nvidia has chosen the Tegra K1 processor, it’s built on the same Nvidia Kepler architecture that drives the most extreme gaming PCs, with an incredible graphics horsepower. It’s one of the best processors available on the market with a quad Core Cpu (Arm Cortex A15) running at 2,3 Ghz.
The Marvell module will use the Armada Pxa1928 Soc, an advanced quad-core (Arm Cortex A53 running at 1.5 Ghz) 64 bit mobile system. The Marvell Pxa1928 platform supports 2G/3G/4G communications, including Long Term Evolution (Lte) and High-Speed Packet Access Plus (Hspa+).
Eremenko also announced that Spiral 2 prototype development proceeds at a good pace. The Ara team has from Quanta received the first demo units with the first version of the Toshiba custom chip.
For the third version of Project Ara prototype (Spiral 3), Toshiba will implement a new version of its chip that will include contactless data transfer between modules and endoskeleton. In spring, Rockchip will present its AP module with integrated Unipro chip.
The original article was posted on the blog of Phonebloks.