Intel CEO downplays $100 laptop

By Justin Mann on December 12, 2005, 10:59 AM
It seems that Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel, is not so excited about the $100 laptop designed for use in the developing world. Intel is developing a similar technology, though it will be around twice the cost, and Mr. Barrett says this is offset by the fact that the $100 laptop is merely a “gadget”.

"Mr. Negroponte has called it a $100 laptop -- I think a more realistic title should be 'the $100 gadget'," Barrett, chairman of the world's largest chipmaker, told a press conference in Sri Lanka on Friday. "The problem is that gadgets have not been successful."
Featuring hand cranks to provide power anywhere along with being an simple device that runs a limited scope of applications, the $100 laptop is also taking criticism from Mr. Barrett too for features such as this. Though the device may be simple, referring to it as just a “gadget” seems a bit harsh. But apparently, Intel has a solution too and is already working to implement it worldwide.

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