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India to develop $10 laptops

Posted: 31 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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The India Ministry of Human Resources Development plans to develop a very low-cost access, low-power device designed to link Indian technology and other institutes.

The ministry said it wants to continue pushing the limits of computer technology to develop laptops that cost as little as $10. The devices would be distributed to students as a way of improving education in the country, said D. Purandeswari, federal minister of state for human resources development for higher education.

Both initiatives are part of the new federal effort launched July 29, including the National Mission in Education through Information and Communication Technology.

The ministry declined to provide technical details or the expected price tag for the low-cost access device or when it expects to make the $10 laptop available to students. Officials have said intellectual property issues prevented them from disclosing details.

Research to develop the devices is already underway at the Indian Institute of Science, based here, and the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, Purandeswari said.

Industry groups in the country have criticized the government's proposal. "These institutes do not have any commercial sense," said one industry source. "Students can be provided laptops for $10, but only after they are bought at about $500 apiece."

- K.C. Krishnadas
EE Times

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