OLPC Laptop Moves into Mass Production

Lora Bentley

After overcoming several obstacles -- not the least of which was the PR nightmare covered here -- the One Laptop Per Child XO B4 Laptop is set to go into mass production, according to LinuxInsider.com.

 

The latest version of the laptop, which is intended for school children in developing countries, has more memory, a faster processor and more NAND flash than the previous version. It is designed to weather extreme environmental conditions and can run on several different power sources, the story says.

 

What's more, the development team has a new member. AMD rival Intel is now working on the project. RTE News reports:

The two parties have now agreed to incorporate each other's technologies, and have said they would also consider collaborating on developing the laptop.

Interestingly, the laptop, which was originally hyped as the "$100 Laptop" is currently priced at $176. In addition to missing its price point, the laptop is a year behind schedule. And at least one observer says the machine needs more than a year's work before it's truly ready for its intended purpose as an education tool.



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