Notion Ink’s “Development Diary” of the Adam 2

Notion Ink‘s Adam 2, which hasn’t been shown off yet by the Tablet Company, is something that quite a few people are looking forward to. It may not be something you’d go out and get, but the design and the fact that it’s an Indian company that isn’t really aiming at the lower end of the tablet market do make it stand out. The original Adam was in the news, mainly because of the design, the interface and the fact that it was one of the first commercial devices (if not the first) that used a Pixel-qi screen (a LCD based display tech that allows the device displays’ backlight to be to turned off). The device fell short though, and didn’t really meet expectations, mainly because of shipping delays, some hardware issues (the camera on it was quite bad, to put it mildly), and the unfortunate issue of being stuck on Froyo (Android 2.2; there were many honeycomb ROMs from the developer community and NI released an Alpha Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for the device a while back). Oh, and the screen? Didn’t really work that well.

So when Notion Ink announced a move to TI’s OMAP platform for the next device, the Adam 2, along with more in-house development (and hopefully better hardware), I was pretty excited. Well, Notion Ink now has a development blog to track the Adam 2, and it’s definitely worth checking out and following if you’re interested in the Adam 2 and Notion Ink. You can check it over at They have some interesting data on there too, including a good read about why they chose the OMAP platform over Nvidia’s Tegra.

From the Post:


There were many questions on the main blog on the switch from Tegra to OMAP. I thought we should clarify this.

So which is better, Tegra or OMAP? NVidia will say Tegra of course and TI will say OMAP. Would that mean we should go by the benchmarks? Or may be sheer specifications of both the SoC? Doesn’t OMAP’s memory bandwidth is more than Tegra 3 and Snapdragon? But Tegra 3 is Quad Core, and even GPU is updated? Then why iPad 2 beats Tegra 3 by miles on GLBenchmark? We had a lot of similar questions while we wanted to opt for one. If you followed Kernel developments you’d know that OMAP was definitely the next SoC supported by Google, so this decision had to be made on our end and fast.

Answer came from a very experienced veteran in the industry (one of our 3 mentors), who said, unless as an OEM you can’t get 100% out of these chips, all benchmarks, specifications and latest developments are useless. So the answer wasn’t based on which chip can beat the other one, but which one can we leverage to the highest possible extent. And in this regard OMAP definitely beats any SoC out there w.r.t. documentation, number of use-case modeled, white papers, reference documents and much more. Bangalore also hosts a lot of Ex-TI professionals who helped build OMAP, so answers are not tough to find.

Unlike last time where we banked on Tegra without possibly fully utilizing its power, this time our focus is to offer TI the best product based on OMAP. TI is a very respectable firm and I believe Adam II will be a marvel in their portfolio.

Learning time!

Check out this link on TI’s site for more information on OMAP.


You can check out the rest of the post here.

There’s also a bunch of interesting concepts on how they plan to use infographics on usage. These are all templates right now, with no real data, but they do look interesting. Infographics always are. Like this one on content on the internet:


I really hope NI get’s their act together and releases a device that will actually meet their core fans’ expectations; something that you would recommend to a friend. Only time will tell. In the meantime, do follow their development blog for more updates.

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Raghu Kannan

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