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OLPC founder, Negroponte, has a few words for Intel on low-cost laptops

Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the "One Laptop Per Child" initiative, accused chip maker Intel of undermining the OLPC by selling its own cut-price laptop, the Classmate.  Negroponte claims that Intel is trying to drive him out of the market.

According to BBC, Negroponte said that Intel hurt his mission in trying to distribute laptops to kids in developing countries "enormously".  Intel's chairman, Craig Barrett, has denied all claims of undercutting Negroponte's mission, stating, "We're not trying to drive [him] out of business. We're trying to bring capability to young people."

Though the hardware specifications differ between Intel’s low-cost laptops and Negroponte's, OLPC founder believes that the main problem is that his machines use AMD processors, Intel's main competitor. "Intel and AMD fight viciously," he told CBS. "We're just sort of caught in the middle."

Professor Negroponte also claimed that Intel has distributed marketing literature to governments entailing negative aspects of the One Laptop Per Child and outlining superior aspects of the Classmate.  Some of the literature had titles such as "the shortcomings of the One Laptop per Child approach".  Intel responded by saying that it was just making comparisons between the Classmate PC and the other device in the market.

Countries have until May 31 to place their orders for the first round of PCs.  The launch price will be $175 but the goal is to get them down to $100 each.  Intel is taking orders for the Classmate for over $200 each.



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Price nearly doubled!
By osalcido on 5/21/2007 7:56:10 PM , Rating: 2
from $100 dollars to $175. I think it's interesting that the price jump wasn't made public until after several countries had signed on.

That's a huge price increase ratio for any product.. they went from say 10,000 laptops to around 5,700




RE: Price nearly doubled!
By Justin Case on 5/22/2007 1:01:58 AM , Rating: 1
Price jump? You mean it has ever cost less than $175? Whenever a country signs up for it, they are informed of the current price. You think this is some kind of scam?


RE: Price nearly doubled!
By Oregonian2 on 5/22/2007 5:38:14 PM , Rating: 2
I think it's only been recently that they squeezed it under $200.


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