Intel intros "ruggedized" PC for India
Intel has launched a new
PC platform designed for rural communities in India. Intel says the
Community PC is the result of intensive ethnographic studies in India that showed "a clear desire for technology access exists in remote
rural communities." The company will also be supporting the spread of
rural Internet kiosks based on the machine via its "Jaagruti"
("Awakening") program. The Community PC will be a fully functional and
manageable system that will support remote diagnostics and control under
low power requirements, as well as the following features:
- Ruggedized chassis: The chassis has been designed to
withstand dusty conditions, varying temperatures and high humidity. It
has a removable dust filter and integrated air fan to regulate the
temperature of the motherboard. The chassis is designed to keep the
motherboard cool at temperatures as high as 45 degrees Celsius and the
PC resistant to humidity levels of 70 to 85 RH (Relative Humidity).
- CPSU: The PC is equipped with a Customized Power Supply Unit
which is comprised of an Integrated Power Supply and the UPS
(Uninterruptible Power Supply) unit, which allow the PC to maintain
continuous load power in the event of a power outage.
- Low power consumption: The total power consumption of all
peripherals is less than 100 watts.
- Access Control: The platform comes installed with a
certificate-based access, allowing banks to verify the validity of
installment payments against the purchase of the PCs.
Intel claims the machine will allow users to complete forms such as land
records and marriage licenses online, removing the need to spend "an
entire day" travelling to city centers in order to fill out physical
forms. While Intel says this will save time and money, the press release
does not indicate how much the Community PC will cost. Less than four
months ago, Intel's Craig Barrett mocked
MIT's $100 PC effort
, saying "what
people are looking for is something that has the full functionality of a
PC. We work in the area of low-cost, affordable PCs, but full-function
PCs, not handheld devices and not gadgets."