Intel is in a generous mood these days
and is trying to promote technology in all parts of the world. As a
part of its "The World Ahead" program, the company will
about $1B USD to provide cheap PCs and a WiMax broadband
Internet infrastructure in developing nations. With Intel seeing
slower growth in saturated PC markets in the United States and
Europe, the company is looking for other avenues to purse in order to
expand its growth potential.
Intel is tailoring the PCs for
different markets instead of taking a "one size fits all"
approach according to Intel chief executive Paul Otellini. The change in company policy is practiced in part by several other companies; Samsung Electronics being one of the most noteable examples. In India
for example, laptops will be equipped with cool-running processors to
deal with high-heat conditions and feature a flash-based hard drive
to improve durability. The Intel sponsored sub-$400 PCs can also run off a car
battery if need be. Reuters reports:
Intel would equip computers with both
WiFi and WiMax capability and would promote WiMax development as an
inexpensive way to provide widespread Internet service. WiMax is sort
of a beefed up WiFi technology that offers high-speed Internet over a
long range. "Less than 5 percent of the world
has access to broadband," Otellini said. "WiMax is the
means of delivering low-cost broadband to the world."