One Laptop per Child (OLPC) has announced their roadmap of low cost laptops including the XO 3.0 scheduled for 2012 release.
The non-profit OLPC organization's aim is to provide every child in the world access to a modern education. OLPC now teases us with a touchscreen tablet computer that makes every geek drool.
The planned XO 3.0 will feature a new design using a single sheet of flexible plastic and will be unbreakable and without holes in it. The XO 3.0 will leapfrog the previously announced (May 2008) XO 2.0, a two-page approach that will not be continued. The inner workings of 3.0 will come from the more modest 1.75. The target price well below $100.
It is still 2 years until 2012 and Nicholas Negroponte's OLPC initiative plans to release the XO 1.5 and the XO 1.75 before the XO 3.0 hits.
The XO 1.5 is the same industrial design as the XO 1.0. Based on a VIA processor (replacing AMD), it will provide 2x the speed, 4x DRAM memory and 4x FLASH memory. It will run both the Linux and Windows operating systems. XO 1.5 will be available in January 2010 at about $200 per unit. The actual price floats in accordance with spot markets, particularly for those of DRAM and FLASH.
The XO 1.75, to be available in early 2011, will be essentially the same industrial design but rubber-bumpered on the outside and in the inside will be an 8.9”, touch-sensitive display. The XO 1.75 will be based on an ARM processor from Marvell that will enable 2x the speed at 1/4 the power and is targeted at $150 or less. This ARM-based system will complement the x86-based XO 1.5, which will remain in production, giving deployments a choice of processor platform."
The XO has been distributed to more than 1.4 million children in 35 countries and in 25 languages," said Nicholas Negroponte, founder and chairman of One Laptop per Child. "To fulfill our mission of reaching 500 million children in all remote corners of the planet, OLPC will continue to innovate in design and performance. Because we are a non-profit, we hope that industry will copy us."
An unbreakable tablet PC is a very nice vision. I hope we really see this in 2012. In the meantime Android based tablet computers will invade CES 2010 and the elusive Apple Tablet will keep us busy.
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