Monday, January 23, 2006

$100 Laptop!!!

The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) announced that Quanta Computer Inc. of Taiwan was chosen as the original design manufacturer (ODM) for the $100 laptop project.

One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is a Delaware-based, non-profit organization created by Nicholas Negroponte and other faculty members from the MIT Media Lab to design, manufacture, and distribute laptops that are sufficiently inexpensive to provide every child in the world access to knowledge and modern forms of education.

Barry Lam's Quanta Computer lnc, the world's largest computer maker, manufactures all or most of the notebook computers for top companies like Dell, IBM, Apple, Hewlett-Packard etc.

"Quanta plans to start shipment in the fourth quarter of 2006, and turn out five to 15 million US$100 laptop computers each year, a business worth $20 million for the next five years," Quanta spokesperson Lee Tu-ching was quoted by the United Evening News as saying.

"The UN is backing the project because it can help promote education in the Third World," Lee said.



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