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Intel showcases rugged PC for developing countries

Posted: 29 Aug 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:intel? wimax? wi-max? last mile? wifi?

Intel Corp. unveiled a rugged PC designed for the harsh conditions in developing countries at the recent IDF Fall 2005 in San Francisco.

The rugged PC is designed to handle dust, bugs, intermittent electricity and harsh climates while accessing the Internet through WiMAX connectivity. The concept PC is Intel's strategy to address the unique technology requirements in different parts of the world.

Through a video feed from India, Intel showcased how the "community computer" provides Internet access to communities and villages in rural and remote areas. The computer can use a car battery as a back-up enegy supply in case of intermittent electricity supply in the villages. It also features special screens and filters in the air intake fans to reduce the amount of dust and bugs that might be sucked into the box. The rugged PC can also withstand extreme temperatures of over 38 degrees Celsius.

The rugged PC uses WiMAX for Intrnet connectivity. WiMAX or Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Acces is a standards-based broadband technology offering wireless and high-speed Internet connections for mobile networks and remote areas.

The push for WiMAX connectivity is one of Intel's strategy to boost its acceptance. In another demonstration of the capabilities of WiMAX, Intel showed a live video conference with India's Minister of Communications for Uttaranchal, a remote town in the foothills of the Himalayas.

"In places like India and places in the emerging markets, connectivity has to cover a very large area with a single node. And WiMAX is a new technology that intersects that need," said Intel CEO Paul Otellini.

Dave Ledesma


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