Intel has unveiled a Ruggedised Personal Computer platform, which is designed to withstand heat, dust, humidity and all the other sorts of problems one faces in rural communities in India. The computer is capable of utilising alternative energy sources, including car batteries. It is likely that the systems will wind up being made by OEMs like HCL Infosystems and Wipro.

"The PC platform design has been created in India, in collaboration with other Intel worldwide centres, and we now plan to take it to other countries too. This Intel-powered PC platform — which includes microprocessor, motherboard and software — is equipped to operate in a community setting," Mr R.K. Amar Babu, Managing Director (South Asia), Sales and Marketing, Intel Technology India said at a conference here.