Notion Ink’s Adam II tablet teased on Twitter

At the start of the year, Notion Ink’s Rohan Sharvan issued an announcement, which stated that the next generation Adam aka Adam II will address all the issues faced with the brand’s first tablet. Since then, practically nothing had been revealed about the tablet. Now, Notion Ink has teased the Adam II through an image on Twitter with the small caption, “Hello World!”

Apart from this, details are scarce, but given that the brand has teased the tablet, more about it should be known in the near future.

Teased on Twitter

Teased on Twitter


Notion Ink’s first attempt at making a tablet, the Adam, may have been a bitter pill for the public to swallow, but this Bangalore-based company is all set to make things right with the Adam II. Rohan Shravan, the founder of Notion Ink, issued a press release on the official blog stating that the company has teamed up with Texas Instruments for the Adam II. The new tablet, which is still in the works, will sport a TI OMAP 44xx processor, along with other components from TI such as Wi-Link 7.0 and Phoenix audio amplifiers.

Notion Ink hasn't specified the chip that will be used, but a quick look at TI’s line-up reveals it’s either the OMAP 4430 or the OMAP 4460. Both SoCs are based on the ARMv7 instruction set, and fabricated using the 45nm process. Both possess ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core CPUs with only a slight difference between their clock speeds.

Both chipsets also feature the same graphics chip, which is a PowerVR SGX540 and pack in a dual-channel memory controller. The OMAP 4430 has been used in devices such as the BlackBerry PlayBook and Motorola’s Droid Razr, whereas the OMSP 4460 can be found in the Galaxy Nexus, so we could expect performance along the lines of these devices from the Adam II.

Besides hardware, the successor to the Adam will run Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), and boast of the world’s first modular-based software architecture, which will allow users with a little or no programming knowledge to easily customise their apps. Drag-and-drop features will be preset, which will enable easy application modification.

According to Sharvan, “This System will help consumers, professionals and students become productive as they will be able to use the tablet as a logic analyzer, medical imaging device, signal acquisition and processing, 3D modeling and multi-media.”

According to a later post by Rohan Shravan, elaborating on the display and battery, “It’s something we dwelled on while finalizing the specifications for the upcoming Adam. The option we had was 1920×1200 in 10 inch for the same thickness. Only thing which was to be handled was to move the LCD driving circuit to the main mother board, which was also in favor of what we wanted to do since we have a very special VEE (Visual Enhancement Engine) for controlling the display. But, there were 2 problems, power requirement and availability of the apps to run on such a resolution.”

Elaborating on the problems mentioned above, Shravan states that the specifications would want the Adam II tablets to be charged in less than 2.5 hours or so, with a 25Wh battery, which would mean a current rating of 2A on 5V. He goes on to state, “First, it can be charged with a normal laptop drawing around 500mA (using a micro USB cable). Second, any mobile charger with mirco-USB charger can charge it. And third, leads to reduction in number of components. Micro-USB charging is much closer to EU’s charging specifications.”

Published Date: Nov 12, 2012 11:47 am | Updated Date: Nov 12, 2012 11:47 am