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Intel inside $100 laptop?

Written by IT News on 6:36 PM

Intel said Friday it will join the board of the One Laptop Per Child program and contribute funding to the project which created and is distributing the XO computers for education. This comes after Intel execs have been critical of the design, and after they designed and promoted a competing child-focused portable, their $225 Classmate PC, a more conventional machine than the radically rethought XO boxen.

Various sources have recently priced the simple Linux portables at $150-$175 each as a result of hardware upgrades, although the program recently said costs should reach the $100 goal soon, and drop further in short order thereafter. Those would make a dandy e-book reader, and put further price pressure on Sony’s e-book readers.

The XO machines now use AMD CPUs. AMD reps said “Intel’s apparent change of heart is welcome, and we’re sure they can make a positive contribution to this very worthy project for the benefit of children all over the world.”

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