LOW COST, LOW ENERGY COMPUTER FINDS WAY TO DEVELOPING MARKETS

Computing

A group in Sweden have quietly developed a new, low cost computer, specially designed for use in developing countries.

Features include sturdy case, low energy consumption as it runs on 12 V, free and Open Source software, and all plug-ins necessary. The computer is available in a range of models, from a basic thin client up to an advanced server for running labs and office equipment. The main target group is the educational sector.

Says Luis Abascal, initiator and chair: "We had a vision of developing a computer accessible for all, and possible to use without extensive technical knowledge, and now we have succeeded."

The first units have been tested in rough and live conditions, and have found their way to the end user.

"The basic models can be obtained for under USD200, but it all depends on the features. We do however anticipate a further drop in prices", adds Mats Brunell, another of the core members.

"We have based the technology on open standards, so the computer is compatible to existing hardware and software used in different environments. It is also easy to use and maintain, which makes it ideal for deployment in developing countries", concludes Johan Holmberg, responsible for developing markets.