Intel's relationship with the
One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative has always been a stormy
affair. Originally, Intel was very enthusiastic about the OLPC
project and its altruistic goals. However, trouble began for
the pair when Intel decided to develop the "Classmate
PC", a similar cheap, low-power, small form factor device.
Then came Intel chairman Craig Barrett publicly insulting the OLPC's XO design by saying it's not a
"grown-up PC" and criticizing the XO for its power
Still, many were optimistic when Intel and the
OLPC foundation got back together and OLPC founder Nick
Negroponte pledged that the pair would settle their
Afterwards, Intel and OLPC seemed to be
enjoying a healthy relationship. Just recently, an enthusiastic
Intel reported that it would develop a chip to replace AMD's
low-power Geode processor, which powers the current revision of the
But alas, all things must come to an end.
it worked to mend its relations with OLPC, Intel continued to work on
its side project -- the Classmate PC. The OLPC foundation developed a
jealousy for the "other laptop".
jealousy boiled over, at last, with an emotional Negroponte
allegedly telling Intel that it was OLPC or the Classmate PC.
Intel refused to back down and decided to dump XO in favor of
its own Classmate PC. In a statement to the Associated Press,
Intel's Chuck Malloy states "At the end of the day we decided we
couldn't accommodate that request."
Ironically, the OLPC
foundation was planning to display an Intel-power XO prototype in its
booth at CES.
There are lots of losers in the scenario --
Intel, who would gain publicity and a major customer; OLPC, who will
be forced to rely exclusively with AMD; and the consumers for which
the project targets.
The OLPC foundation can find small
comfort in a move reminiscent of the NBC and iTunes drama; AMD in
OLPC's moment of abandonment has made a big show of faith in support
of the company. AMD employees pooled their money to donate
funds that will be enough to provide hundreds of laptops to
The only real winner in the
situation is AMD, who now -- at the expense of everyone else -- is
getting to have the leftover cake from Intel and OLPC's failed
quote: why not show them how to grow their own crops, and take care of themselves?? Work on self reliance,
quote: and our very own country as well!!
quote: The real question is if Intel is still going after the third world markets.
quote: Originally, Intel was very enthusiastic about the OLPC project and its altruistic goals.