Intel Drops Out of OLPC Project, Cites Competition Issues

Intel Drops Out of OLPC Project, Cites Competition Issues


The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project was originally founded by Nicholas Negroponte of MIT, and the original idea was to get a laptop to every child in the poorest countries of the world. He envisioned a laptop that would sell for just $100, ensuring that it would actually be affordable. And then things got a little sour. First, the OLPC-designed laptop is currently selling for nearly double the original $100 dream price. And now, Intel has decided to leave the OLPC project team and they say it’s because of “disagreements with the project and its founder.”

As it stands, the current OLPC notebook is powered by an AMD processor. Naturally, Intel isn’t exactly ecstatic over this, but an Intel-powered model was set to be unveiled at CES next week. Well, that’s not going to happen anymore. The main problem, you see, is that OLPC team didn’t want Intel to market low-cost laptops in the same countries that they were planning on releasing the OLPC. They didn’t want to compete.

Intel was planning something called the “Classmate” laptop and it falls right into the same segment of the market as the OLPC. This would create direct competition and neither party was willing to back down. Looks like the battle for third-world market share is about to begin.