It may have once dismissed the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) Project as a “cheap gadget,” but Intel appears to have changed its mind. The company is now involved in talks to provide CPUs for the $100 (actually ~$175) systems.
According to the EETimes, Intel’s newfound interest in the project is just fine with the OLPC design team. “Intel, like a lot of other people, is more than welcome to try to design great silicon for this project and this mission, and we’ve been working with them to help them do exactly that,” said Walter Bender, OLPC’s president.
The article goes on to discuss how the OLPC is powered by an AMD chip but Intel plans to bid with a more powerful chip.