Nicholas Negroponte’s Hundred Dollar PC Idea
January 31st, 2005

Nicholas Negroponte is teaming up with Advanced Micro Devices, Google, Motorola, Samsung, and News Corp, and others to create a portable AMD-chipped PC with a 14 inch monitor and Linux operating system for a targeted retail cost of $100.

From Red Herring:

Mr. Negroponte’s idea is to develop educational software and have the portable personal computer replace textbooks in schools in much the same way that France’s Minitel videotext terminal, which was developed by France Telecom in the 1980s, became a substitute for phone books.

Mr. Negroponte has been interested in developing computing in the developing world for some time. He and his wife have funded three schools in rural Cambodia, helping outfit them with regular laptops and broadband connections.

Major companies from Hewlett-Packard to Microsoft to Dupont, facing saturated markets in the richest industrial countries, have shown an interest in developing less expensive products to sell in low-income countries in south Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

See also slashdot coverage.

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