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The OLPC at 2007 International CES

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-Jan-2007 19:45

While visiting the Marvell Technology Group's stand at the 2007 International CES I had the opportunity to see and briefly use the OLPC (One Laptop per Child), Nicholas Negroponte's brainchild. The OLPC was made famous when the developers made an objective of creating a US$100 laptop for children, mainly in third world countries.

The following from the Wikipedia entry on OLPC:

The rugged and low-power computers will contain flash memory instead of a hard drive and will use Linux as their operating system. Mobile ad-hoc networking will be used to allow many machines Internet access from one connection.


The laptops will be sold to governments and issued to children by schools on a basis of one laptop per child. Pricing is currently expected to start at around US$135-140 and the goal is to reach the US$100 mark in 2008. One thousand working prototypes were delivered in late 2006 and full-scale production is expected to start in mid-2007.



Marvell (famous for acquiring the XScale technology from Intel in 2006) is responsible for a couple of items in the bill of materials for this laptop, including the wireless networking components.

The device is interesting, but I am not sure about the "rugged" part of its description. It did feel fast enough for browsing the Internet and loaded and rendered Geekzone without any problems. The chiclet keyboard seemed responsive, but I am not sure how comfortable fast typing would be on that.

Alas I couldn't use it for more than a couple of minutes, and even so I am told things can still change since this was an engineering sample only. Check some of the pictures:










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