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Intel, Asustek bare $200 laptop plan

Posted: 07 Jun 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:low-cost laptops? cheap notebook PCs? mobile computing?

Intel Corp. and Asustek Computer Inc. have revealed plans to manufacture education-focused low-cost mobile PCs, Reuters reported. The collaboration was announced at the Computex Taipei computer trade show, which ends on June 9.

The new family of notebooks will be available later this year, with a price range of between $200 and around $400 or $500. They will likely sport 7- to 10-inch screens, either a traditional HDD or flash memory hard drive, and wireless Internet. Sean Maloney, who heads worldwide sales and marketing at Intel, said a lower-end microprocessor would serve as the laptop's brains.

The low-cost laptop project is expected to help address the digital divide plaguing developing countries, especially in the education sector. The cooperation deal follows the One Laptop Per Child Foundation non-profit group's announcement last month that it was ready to ship its cheap, lime green notebooks in October.

"It's another way of solving the same problem," Maloney told Reuters ahead of his keynote speech at Computex. "The world is a big place and there's room for lots of these things."

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