Intel intros "ruggedized" PC for India

— 3:16 PM on March 29, 2006

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."
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