Quanta plans US$200 consumer OLPC

 

Taiwanese firm to start shipping low cost laptop this year.

Quanta Computer is planning to produce a retail version of the One Laptop per Child notebook for developed markets that will cost US$200, the company's president told has said.

Quanta is already producing the low-cost educational notebooks for developing nations. The units are scheduled to start shipping later this year at an estimated cost of US$150.

But the design can be adapted to create a low cost consumer PC, according to Quanta president Michael Wang.

"We will definitely launch a commercialised product at the right time similar to the OLPC," Wang told the FT.

The Taiwanese firm manufacturers notebook computers and other electronics for brand name companies such as Apple, Dell, HP and IBM.

Quanta has created a special business unit for emerging market PCs to develop low cost computers for developed and emerging economies.

One Laptop per Child is an educational project which develops notebook computers aimed at children.

Powered by open source software, the OLPC features design innovations that allow it to operate in regions with limited power supply, infrequent internet connectivity and a dusty environment.

Copyright ©v3.co.uk


Quanta plans US$200 consumer OLPC
 
 
 
Top Stories
Five zero-cost ways to improve MySQL performance
How to easily boost MySQL throughput by up to 5x.
 
The big winners from Defence’s back-office IT refresh
Updated: The full list of subcontractors.
 
Tracking the year of CIO churn
[Blog post] Who shone through in 12 months of disruption?
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
Which is the most prevalent cyber attack method your organisation faces?




   |   View results
Phishing and social engineering
  68%
 
Advanced persistent threats
  3%
 
Unpatched or unsupported software vulnerabilities
  11%
 
Denial of service attacks
  6%
 
Insider threats
  12%
TOTAL VOTES: 1008

Vote