Though the hardware specifications differ between Intel’s low-cost laptops and Negroponte's, OLPC founder believes that the main problem is that his machines use AMD processors, Intel's main competitor. "Intel and AMD fight viciously," he told CBS. "We're just sort of caught in the middle."
On top of that, he cites negative literature from Intel that criticizes the OLPC. All that aside, there is still one very key area, particularly key for developing countries, that the OLPC is winning on: Price. Even at the higher cost of $175 per unit, they are still cheaper than the Classmate, which will be over $200. If they can manage to whittle themselves down to a $100 unit, they could stave off an awful lot of flak from Intel, true or not.