Sunday, July 25, 2010

India Unveils World's Cheapest Laptop @ Rs 1,500

The Government has unveiled a revolutionary computer with a price tag
 of just $35 (Rs 1,500). The world's cheapest laptop has been specifically 
designed providing low-cost and affordable access come computing devices 
to students and teachers and providing high quality e-content free 
of cost to all learners in the country, said union minister Kapil Sibal.

The seven and nine inch Linux-based touchscreen device can also be run

 on solar power, besides the battery operated system. With built-in keyboard,
 the laptop features a 2 GB RAM memory, wi-fi connectivity, 
USB port and is powered by a 2-watt system to suit poor 
power-supply areas. It will support functions like video web 
conferencing facility and multimedia content viewing.


"The price of the device exhibited today is expected to be around $35 per piece

, gradually dropping down to $20 and ultimately to $10 a piece. 
Since this effort of continuous reduction in price and enhancement
 in capabilities would require a constant endeavour for R&D, 
IIT Rajasthan and some other IITs and technical institutions are 
setting up research teams to cover a wide range of issues in achieving
 our ultimate goal in terms of price and quality," said Sibal.

Sibal went on to say that the device is the result of team-effort. Experts, 

students and professors  from the Indian Institutes of Technology at 
Kharagpur, Kanpur, Chennai, Mumbai and the Indian Institute of Science
, Bangalore, were involved to make this device. One motherboard was 
designed under Ministry’s guidance in the B.Tech project of a student at
 VIT, Vellore, and was fabricated at IIT Kanpur.

The aim is to reach such devices to the students of colleges and 

universities and to provide these institutions a host of choices of 
low cost access devices around Rs 1,500 or less in near future, 
expressed Sibal.

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