In a cooperative effort, the Mer team and the basysKom integrators have succeeded in booting a Plasma Active image on NVidia Tegra 2 devices, opening the door bringing Plasma Active to a wider range of hardware. The image is based on Mer, a successor to the MeeGo operating system.
The Plasma Active, Mer and basysKom teams have been working together on this new hardware platform, with the project led by Martin Brook (vgrade on IRC). Last weekend, they successfully booted a non-optimized version of Plasma Active on two devices powered by NVidia's Tegra 2 (TAB-TEG-10-1-4GB-3G, Advent Vega). Tegra 2 is a powerful platform for mobile hardware, featuring a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU and Ultra Low Power (ULP) GeForce GPU with 8-core GeForce GPU with 4 cores dedicated to running pixel shaders and 4 cores dedicated to running vertex shaders. The powerful, yet energy-efficient graphics make it very interesting hardware for running Plasma Active.
Brook mentions, "Now that there is initial success running on Tegra 2 devices, the team wants to get their hands on a Tegra 3 device, which will soon hit the market." The Tegra 3 comes with a quad-core CPU and a low power companion CPU that can be used to "run" the device in standby and extend the life of a battery charge. The Tegra 3 chip is advertised to be about 5 times faster than the Tegra 2 on certain workloads.
The team is stabilizing, fixing up and optimizing the Tegra 2 images now, and is planning to make them available for wider testing soon. A demo of a Tegra 2 device running Plasma Active will be shown by basysKom at Qt DevDays in Munich from 24th-26th of Oktober. Please drop by the booth to see the showcase.