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Quanta Computer of Taiwan wins bid for $100 Laptop Project

December 15th, 2005

Quanta Computer of Taiwan wins bid for $100 Laptop Project

$100 Laptop by OLPC

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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By Nicole Wilson
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