Friday, 4 January 2008

Intel withdraws from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) programme

Intel has withdrawn from the OLPC programme following a 'philosophical impasse' (Chuck Molloy, Intel spokesman) between the two organisations.

The programme was founded in 2005 by Nicholas Negroponte, former Media Lab director at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The original concept was to offer a $US100 laptop to consumers. A prototype design of an OLPC laptop (using an Intel chip) was due to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 7-10.

Intel have been developing their own inexpensive laptop, called 'the Classmate', and are targeting some of the same markets as the OLPC laptops. For further information click here.

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