AMD drops Personal Internet Communicator
Just over two years after first introducing its Personal Internet Communicator, AMD has stopped producing the device, X-bit labs reports. The PIC was poised as a low-cost solution to allow users in the developing world to use the Internet. It integrated an AMD Geode processor, 128MB of RAM, a 10GB hard drive, and a copy of Windows CE. AMD was selling the device to customers in countries like Brazil, India, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, and Turkey. However, in its latest filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, AMD states, "Revenue from sales of PIC products has not been material and in the third quarter of 2006, the Company stopped manufacturing PIC products."
AMD reveals few additional details in the filing. However, the company's participation in the OLPC "$100 laptop" project and the closing of its Longmont design center might have been factors in the company's decision to can the PIC. The Longmont design center was partly responsible for the development of Geode processors.