There was a small but interesting blurb regarding Asus today over at Digitimes
. The idea of fundamentally cheap computing isn't quite new, but it hasn't been exercised at all until just recently. A decade ago, a cheap PC was anything under $2000. Now we have institutions like MIT
and companies like Intel striving to create extremely low-budget PCs that are feasible to use worldwide, and even some companies going so far as to create solar-powered centers
for computing. Asustek
is following suit, at least in rumors, looking to create a budget PC in the $150-250 range, destined for "emerging markets". We may hear more on this within the next 9 months or so, and likely by then many other companies will have looked into or even started similar projects.