After a long-standing opposition against the OLPC foundation, Intel has finally decided that they would start supporting MIT’s “$100 laptop” project. But originally, Intel didn’t want to participate in the program mainly because chief CPU-rival AMD’s processors were chosen to run inside the OLPC systems. The reasons why they now want to start involving themselves in the project, especially since they recently started manufacturing their own alternative to MIT’s cheap laptops called “Classmate,” escapes me.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 13, 2007 – Intel and One Laptop per Child (OLPC) today announced they have agreed to work together to bring the benefits of technology to the developing world through synergy of their respective programs. Under the agreement, Intel and OLPC will explore collaborations involving technology and educational content. Intel will also join the board of OLPC.
Official Press Release: Intel Joins One Laptop Per Child