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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Progress on tablet computer for developing nations

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BBC reporter Maggie Shiels interviews OLPC's chief technology officer Ed McNierney.
Everybody is trying to grab a piece of the tablet action at the gadget geekfest known as the Consumer Electronics Show.
Among them, the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, whose mission is to bring low-powered, low-cost devices to the developing world.
They have just launched a hybrid computer that turns into a tablet, but plan to release a dedicated device by 2012.
The new $165 (about £106) XO-1.75 laptop will start shipping after the summer to countries around the world to bring school children into the computer age.
Its precursor cost around $199 (about £128) and OLPC says around two million have now been distributed.
The big challenge with the new laptop was to reduce power consumption.
OLPC chief technology officer Ed McNierney told BBC News they have slashed the wattage from five watts to two by using low powered ARM-based chips from Marvell technology.

BBC News | 09 January 2010 - Read full report