AMD unveils new net device in India
By siliconindia staff writer | Friday, 29 October 2004, 07:00 Hrs
MUMBAI: US chip maker Advanced Micro Devices has unveiled a low-cost Internet access device that could cost just a few hundred dollars, aimed at first-time technology users in the developing world. Launching the Personal Internet Communicator (PIC) in India first, AMD will sell it with Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd., an international phone service and Internet access provider. The PIC runs on a Microsoft Windows-based operating system and is part of AMD's plan to equip half the world's people with Internet connectivity and computing capabilities by 2015. Part of the diversified Tata group, India's second-largest conglomerate, VSNL will offer the PIC as a bundled service to broadband customers, including hardware and software. AMD said the suggested price for the PIC itself was $185 with a keyboard, mouse and pre-installed software, or $249 including a monitor, but local providers would ultimately set the price.