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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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Competition is a GOOD thing...
By Oobu on 5/22/2007 2:46:34 AM , Rating: 2
Personally, I think competition for making the LOWEST priced laptops is an awesome thing. That means they'll get better, and probably cheaper to COMPETE with each other.

RE: Competition is a GOOD thing...
By cheetah2k on 5/22/2007 4:27:20 AM , Rating: 2
Competition is a good thing, but when something unbeliveably so cheap such as the OLPC (that produces little or no profit as it is) and the likes of Intel steps in with a "who cares about our bottom line attitude" product and makes it cheaper (ref: C2D price cuts), then theres a substantial agenda at play here.

The fact that the OLPC has mostly AMD internals probably interests Intel to continue to price AMD out of the market. Like i said a while ago, Intel is going after AMD like shark until they kill them off completely. It is indeed very anti-competitive behaviour...

RE: Competition is a GOOD thing...
By Oregonian2 on 5/22/2007 5:48:14 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder if AMD is profiting off of the sale of their processors in this project (they being an EVIL corporation which only grubs for money wherever they can, even off of the poor and distraught). Actually, I suspect ALL of the components are made by corporations, and all of them being inherently evil (ref: one of the other postings) they're all squeezing profit off of the poor of the world! Shouldn't this project be made 100% by volunteer hands, no corporations involved at all in order to eliminate profits (which is the source of evil in the world)?

Note: The basis of most postings in this thread is that Intel's product is bad because Intel is in this only for the profits due to the very fact they're a corporation. So given that, no corporations should thereby be used in either project, including the "$100" one. In other words, no commercial electronic parts may be used. They're all made by profit seeking corporations, just like Intel.

RE: Competition is a GOOD thing...
By TomZ on 5/23/2007 9:05:22 AM , Rating: 2
I couldn't agree more. There is so much "profit is bad" kind of talk here that it is sick. When these kids grow up and get jobs, hopefully the'll start to understand the value of earning a dollar and get with the program.

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