Computer of Taiwan wins bid for $100 Laptop Project
December 15th, 2005
$100 Laptop by
The non-profit One Laptop per
Child (OLPC) organization has announced that Quanta Computer Inc. of
Taiwan was chosen to be the original design manufacturer (ODM) for
the $100 laptop project.
The One Laptop per Child was
created by Nicholas Negroponte and other faculty from the MIT Media
Lab with goals to design manufacture and distribute laptops
inexpensively to every child in the world with access to knowledge
from modern forms of education. The laptops are to be sold to
governments which will give to school students on the understanding
that they distribute one laptop per child. The corporate members of
the One Laptop per Child are Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Brightstar, Google, News Corporation, Nortel, and Red Hat.
When the Quanta Computer Inc,
was selected the OLPC Chairman Nicholas Negroponte said, "Any
previous doubt that a very-low-cost laptop could be made for
education in the developing world has just gone away."
They are designed to be durable
and will run on a Linux-based operating system. There will be a
hand crank to generate electricity. Mesh networks will be part of
the design to give access to the Internet from one connection.
Pricing will start at the $100 price range with goals to reduce cost
in the future.
Quanta Computer Inc. founded in
1988 goals are to manufacturer 5 – 15 million units for
distribution. The expected Q4 2006 distribution will be for seven
countries – China, India, Brazil, Argentina, Egypt, Nigeria, and
Thailand. Quanta Computer Inc. has over US $10 billion in sales,
it is a leader of the technology Fortune 500 companies. Quanta are
the world’s largest manufacturer of laptop computers. They also
manufacturer other products as well including mobile phones, LCD
TV’s, servers, and storage products.
The Quanta’s chairman, Barry
Lam, opened a special R&D center call Quanta R&D Complex which
opened Q3 2005. This $200 million complex has 2.2 million square
feet with an ability to employ 7,000 engineers.
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