A little December update from our modular phone developing friends at Project ARA – which basically says that the Spiral 2 prototype, scheduled to be shown at the Project Ara Developers Conference in January, is moving along really well. We really hope 2015 will be a big year for modular phones.
Project ARA head honcho Paul Eremenko announced via the Google Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) Google+ page that they have just received the first 3 demo units of the Spiral 2 prototype. What’s more, Eremenko confirms that the processor was able to connect to the display module after a fashion. Good news.
The Spiral 2 prototype is mainly headlined by the Toshiba UniPro switch and ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits). These allow the connection between module elements, especially the processor to the other modules.
Speaking of the processor, Eremenko mentioned that they are working with Marvell for a PXA1928 processor module and with NVIDIA for a Tegra K1 module. That is very exciting news my friends. Hopefully we will be seeing more progress as Project ARA plans to move into the Spiral 3 prototype early next year.