Smile Plug

Smile Plug

Smile Plug

About Smile Plug Development Kit

The result of a partnership between the Stanford University School of Education and Marvell, the SMILE Plug features a Marvell ARM-based CPU running up to 2GHz CPU with 512MB of Flash and DDR3 memory as well as Stanford’s Mobile Inquiry Based Learning Environment (SMILE). Not only does it provide plenty of processing power and resources to run any embedded computing application, it has the ability to create a local Wi-Fi network for up to 60 students in one classroom with network connectivity via Gigabit Ethernet. Peripheral devices can be connected using USB 2.0 and Wi-Fi. A plug administration API and UI called Plugmin is also included for simple deployment and system management.


  • Wi-Fi support for 60 clients
  • Provides simple plug and device pairing
  • Access to many more SMILE Learning applications
  • Back up battery
  • Open Platform
  • SMILE Junction Server
  • High performance with low power
  • Built-in debug support


  • Creates a classroom micro cloud for up to 60 students
  • Easy deployment and management
  • Ideal for always-on computing
  • Ideal for situations when electrical power is inconsistent

System Components

  • Avastar 88W8764
  • Armada 370
  • Plugmin app (plug administration app)
  • 5V lithium Ion polymer battery for back-up power
  • USB 2.0
  • Wi-Fi
  • 512MB NAND Flash
  • 512MB of DDR3
  • Arch Linux for ARM
  • NODE.js
  • NPM (node packet manager)
  • Stanford’s Mobile Inquiry Learning-based Environment
  • Jtag access
  • Additional Ethernet port

Potential Applications

  • Network-based software services from PC or laptop
  • In-home and small-office computing