Intel, Asus Show Off $200 Laptop
Continuing its effort to provide an alternative to the One Laptop Per Child project, Intel announced plans on Tuesday to team up with Asustek to produce a notebook for developing countries that could cost as little as $200. The 'Eee PC' will be a full-featured low-end notebook, whereas the OLPC is more aimed at children. Intel has criticized the device in the past for being too simple, and not having enough functionality to even make it worthwhile.
Depending on the feature set, the Eee PC will retail for $199 to $299 and be available publicly. The OLPC currently retails for about $180 to government clients, but there is no currently planned retail push. Intel said it hoped to ship about 200,000 of the notebooks this year after production begins later this summer.