Intel shows off $400 laptop

Intel CEO Paul Otellini has taken the wraps off the company's $400 "Eduwise" notebook aimed at teachers and students in the developing world. While no specifications were revealed for the machine, the Seattle Post Intelligencer quotes Otellini as saying Eduwise notebooks will be able to run "Microsoft Corp.'s Windows or the Linux operating system." Previous reports indicated the machines will support WiMax and 802.11b/g connectivity. The prototype showcased on Intel's website appears to feature a couple of USB and audio ports, a VGA output, and two fan exhaust ports that could hint towards a relatively speedy processor. The display only looks to be about 8" across, though, which seems a little small considering Dell offers full-featured notebooks with 14.1" displays for $499, just $100 more than the Eduwise's projected price tag. However, the Seattle paper says the Intel system will ship with special software that "allows students in a classroom to view presentations, take tests and interact individually with their teachers using a built-in wireless connection."

Even though it remains tight-lipped about the Eduwise's innards, Intel has announced a plan to provide machines to 300,000 Mexican teachers by the end of the year. This number is scheduled to increase to 400,000 by 2010. Meanwhile, the One Laptop per Child organization plans to roll out its $100 laptop—which will actually launch at around $135—by "the end of 2006 or early 2007." Founder Nicholas Negroponte says he hopes to ship 100 to 150 million of the notebooks to countries including China, India, and Brazil by 2007. (Thanks to Engadget for the tip.)

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