AMD's Personal Internet Communicator revealed
The folks at AMDboard.com have a news and info roundup on AMD's Personal Internet Communicator, complete with pictures of the device. This slick little computer, which looks to be about three times the size of the mouse sitting next to it in the photo, is aimed at bringing easier Internet access to the developing world. Based on AMD's embedded processor, the x86-compatible Geode GX500, the PIC will run a version of Windows CE that includes extensions for compatibility with Windows XP applications. The little grey and green box includes a 366MHz CPU, 128MB RAM, a 10GB hard drive, a 56K modem, audio, USB ports, and a suite of common applications. AMD expects machines based on this reference design to sell for about $185, sans display, or $249 with a monitor.
With those specs, the PIC should be a reasonably competent computer for basic tasks, says AMD here.
"The performance (of a PIC machine) is very robust," said Steve Howard, an AMD spokesman. "It boots in 25 seconds, and, once loaded, the browser performance is very snappy and word processing and spreadsheet is equivalent to what you'd see in a PC today."
AMD doesn't plan to manufacture PIC machines themselves; they are hoping to get partners to make the machines for sale in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and Russia. I'm curious to see whether they can make this work. An official product announcement is expected on October 28.