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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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RE: Economics 101
By JAB on 5/21/2007 10:02:53 PM , Rating: 2
Intel just want to avoid competition . Once OLPC goes away they wont care anymore. Why educate them just give them a shovel and have them picking cotton.

I dont think some of the people making comments here are realizing that these children are people not things. Even if they are not attached to the world power grid they deserve a chance to learn and to dream. Intel's product is only for those already connected. It defeats the whole point to try and stop children form an education is just plain evil.


RE: Economics 101
By smitty3268 on 5/21/2007 10:09:51 PM , Rating: 2
Intel may not really care about those children, but they certainly don't bear them ill will either. In fact, Intel is probably better off in the long run if they are educated and become well off enough that they can buy their own personal computers.


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