Intel develops rugged PC for third world

By agencies   |   Monday, 29 August 2005, 07:00 Hrs
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HYDERABAD: Intel Corporation, the global chip giant, recently showcased a rugged PC designed for developing countries that can handle better harsh climates, intermittent electricity, dust and bugs while accessing the Internet without wires.

This effort is an example of the company's strategy to address unique geographic and individual technology needs in all parts of the world.

Demonstrating it at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco recently, on stage and via video from India, the Intel-based PC or "community computer," is meant to provide Internet access to communities and villages in rural and remote areas.

Through use of a car battery, the computer has a back-up energy supply in case electricity supply is sporadic and contains special screens and filters to reduce the amount of dust and insects that might enter the box and cause reliability issues.

The computer has also been designed to handle extreme heat conditions that exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit (more than 38 degrees Celsius).

The demonstration PC is linked to the Internet via a WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) wireless network.

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