Intel makes peace with One Laptop Per Child project


MIT's Nicholas Negroponte and Intel have apparently buried their dispute over the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, reports AP. Intel's chairman, Craig Barrett, had derided Negroponte's low-cost machines as mere gadgets. And Intel was signing up international governments for its own little "Classmate" PCs, which follow more conventional computing designs than One Laptop Per Child's radically rethought XO computers.

Negroponte was suspicious of Intel's motives, since the XO runs on processors from Intel's fiercest rival, Advanced Micro Devices. Negroponte said Intel had hurt his mission and "should be ashamed of itself". But in recent weeks, Negroponte and Intel CEO Paul Otellini began peace talks, culminating in a face-to-face meeting last week at Intel headquarters in Santa Clara, California.

On Friday, the two sides said they had joined forces: Intel will join One Laptop Per Child's board and contribute money and technical expertise to the project. Intel will continue to sell the Classmate, which has fallen in price from about $400 to the low $200s (R1 400), attracting buyers in Pakistan, Brazil, Mexico and Nigeria, according to spokeswoman Agnes Kwan.

The One Laptop Per Child programme is already testing its machine in several countries and still hopes its machines will be ready to go into schools in larger quantities in several countries later this year.

(Source: Tectonic)