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Intel is among the companies trying to offer Internet and PC support to a number of developing nations

We've all been reading news about various PC companies that are attempting to do their part to try and get PCs and Internet access in remote areas of the world. During the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Intel CEO Paul Otellini spoke about what Intel is doing to help countries in developing nations. The first step being taken is to get teachers familiarized with the technology that they will be using with the class. Then, low-cost, reliable hardware for the school is necessary. Intel has worked to educate teachers and get the low-cost hardware that is necessary.

Intel has developed the Classmate PC -- a ~$250 notebook that is offered to students in developing nations. Intel expects the cost of the laptop to drop to around $200 once it begins shipping in greater numbers. The cost could drop even further if an open source operating system such as Linux is installed on the laptops. Although obviously not utilizing cutting-edge hardware, the laptops do exactly what they are intended to do – help students learn. “There is clearly a new world ahead,” Otellini said during the IDF opening keynote. The company hopes to give away thousands of PCs and properly train teachers across the world.

Intel has also created a wireless, high-speed Internet network for people in an Amazonian town. The network is setup so that the residents in Parintins, a town located on an island in the middle of the Amazon River, can view things like educational and medical web sites online. With the help of the Brazilian government and partnering companies, Intel was able to install a WiMAX network in a healthcare center, Amazon University, two public schools and a community recreational center.

It is nice to see companies trying to help spread education and technology to regions of the world that aren't as technologically lucky as us.



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Is that a direct competitor against OLPC???
By Heron Kusanagi on 9/27/2006 8:24:17 AM , Rating: 2
It is nice to see Intel helping but I just couldn't help thinking that...




RE: Is that a direct competitor against OLPC???
By ahkey on 9/27/2006 5:33:53 PM , Rating: 2
Of course. OLPC uses AMD, so naturally Intel has to create a whole new laptop to compete.


By Dfere on 9/28/2006 1:07:43 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. But Intel did do it in very little time, without the need for huge fanfare.


Yes and No.
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 10/3/2006 10:25:24 AM , Rating: 1
This requires regular electricity. This laptop is designed for school children in developing countries, not third-world countries. It also has wireless access to use the WiMAX networks Intel is setting up in the areas getting these laptops. Frankly I think Intel did it better than AMD, because they aren't trying to get a laptop to everyone in the world, just the places that are developing but already have basic services taken care of (Water, Electricity, Medical etc....). There's nothing wrong with Intel setting the bar a little higher to cover a more select group of people. The WiMAX networks they are setting up also tie in well with these cheap laptops.

I think Intel thought it out a little better, where they aimed at a more clearly defined target, and not "Every Kid gets a Laptop". Strangely this Intel backed initiative with the WiMAX and Cheap Laptops, sounds like something the Gates Foundation would cook up, need to see more of this kind of thing!!!




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