May 3, 2006 3:18 PM PDT

Intel builds $400 laptop for school desks worldwide

AUSTIN, Texas--Intel unveiled its notebook for schools in developing countries on Wednesday, with CEO Paul Otellini calling on governments to spread technology's reach around the world.

Otellini demonstrated an Intel-developed teaching application on the Eduwise notebook here the World Congress on Information Technology, a biennial event taking place this week. The company hopes to launch the laptop for less than $400 by the first quarter of next year.

The CEO reiterated Intel's commitment to developing products that will help close the technology gap between rich nations and poor ones, one day after it announced plans to invest $1 billion in education and training as part of its World Ahead program.

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"No one wants to cross the digital divide using yesterday's technology," Otellini said.

The Eduwise laptop joins low-cost PC projects such as Advanced Micro Devices' Personal Internet Communicator and MIT's Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child program.

Otellini showed off a wooden prototype of the notebook earlier this year at a conference in Brazil, and he noted Wednesday that it was the result of work by design offices in countries such as Brazil, India and China, which were set up by Intel. The Eduwise uses flash memory instead of a hard drive and runs Microsoft Windows XP.

In addition, Intel has developed an application that enables teachers to monitor how and when students are using the Internet in a networked classroom. For example, a teacher could click a button on his or her console that starts a presentation with video on the Eduwise laptops. Students could move through the presentation at their own pace and access the Internet if they wanted to learn more about something contained in the presentation. The teachers can see where students are in the presentation and what Web sites the student is visiting--and can pull them back from checking sports scores or chatting with friends online.

Otellini demonstrated the Eduwise during a keynote speech at WCIT, a gathering of about 4,500 people from around the world, including company executives, government officials and teachers. About 2,000 of them are delegates who will vote on proposals to improve access to technology and to streamline health care services while ensuring privacy and security.

Otellini was preceded on stage by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who reiterated the software maker's commitment to the developing world, but didn't announce any new projects or initiatives.

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Not exactly earth-shattering news
"The company hopes to launch the laptop for less than $400 by the first quarter of next year."

You can buy a new Dell notebook today for $450. It's hard to imagine the price won't drop more than fifty bucks by next year on it's own.
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$400 May as well be $4,000,000
The whole point of the reduced cost program is to get systems out to people that don't have the resources, technology, money, electricity, etc.
If they had $400 to spend on a laptop then they could probably negotiate a deal with any of the major vendors to get far more than Intel is proposing.
For the majority of these areas $400 is far too much and if sponsored by another agency then they would still be too expensive for whet they are getting.
They could just wait for (US) thanksgiving and just buy one from Wal-Mart.
Just another sign of how out of touch Intel is with the world. Otellini kind of reminds me of Alfred E. Neuman "What me Worry", after all he probably drops $400 at lunch every day.
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Needed: Big spenders, Feds, top Billionaries to fund basic technologies
There needs to be an organized componnant research effort,rotating HD substitue, LCD substitue, Basic internet software designed for Arpnet's sdtrusted users, a new Unix substitute designed from a clean slate by Berkley Computer Science Department, A better idea of an educational sysstem, when and what to teach, probably based on some Montessosri's Obsservations, which allows the poorly educated to teach the very young, New Telecourses Nation and even world wide, to overcome shortage of energetic, knowledgeable, High IQ teachers to go around, new WWII type GI Bills for all Patriotic young people plus revival of Eisenhower's National Defense Education Act, elimation by exposure of Kant's Atheistic neo-Platonism and Philo's Theistic neo-Platonism, to act as a sort of vaccine, to eliminate the most deadly Pandemic of mankind, neo-Platonism, from the world scene. USAs Social Security as a model to eliminate female infanticide, USA's Medicaid/Medicare made Universal, as it is the world's most efficient Government Payee health care system. The USA and State Departments of Labor test people mentally and lphysically to see what occupations are open to them and what they might find eaisest, most suitable and most satisfying, and have them start testing children in school, to better guide the children, each according to strengths and weaknessess. And email copies of each person's posting to them, as a curtesy, and make sure no high I.Q.s go undeveloped and unused. Mandate the adoption of the
Texaco Controlled Combustion Cycle for all gasoline engines and the companion Mann Controlled Copmbustion Cycle for diesel engines, so as to eliminate the gigantic refineries which over refine crude oil, using one half to highly refine the other half to achieve high octanes and high cetanes, which are unnecessary. The US Army uses the Mann Diesel controlled combusstion Cycle, uses small refineries, which can be placed anywhere, and whose products are sufficient to power all military diesels and aircraft. One economist noted that over the 30 year operiod from 1973 to 2003, the oil producers gained Seven Trillion Dollars above the natural clearing price, forcing an admitted 30 milllion USA abortions, perhaps more the US Govrnment wonn't admit to. Roe vs. Wade cleared the way on behalf of the oil producers. The US Supreme Court faked its investigation into the Assassination of John F. Kennedy who was giving orders to pull all the troops out of Vietnam, and the Supreme Court aided the Oil Producers in getting rid of President Richard Nixon, who wanted to cut crude oil for motor usage in half, by the methods mentioned here, and make all the mega-giant super refineries obselete, as they will be when all autos not using the Texaco CCC or the Mann Diesel CCC, are no longer on the road. It is evident that Sherman Anti-Trust Act was in-sufficient tobreak up monopolies in the Oil Production Industry World Wide, it has just gone under ground and is more powerful than ever. In 1896 the President of the Standard Oil Trust, fore runner of Exxon-Mobile and Texaco-Chevron, was confivicted of dyaniting a competitor's oil refinery and sent to New York's Sing Sing Prison for Two Years. This was an act of Terrorism, and those who were behind it were Terrorists then, Terrorists all along and Terrorists today, and will be Terrorists tomorrow, if the Possee Committatus Act is not repealed, allowing the full force of the National Security Apparatus to control the monopolists and terrorists. World Terrorism's headquarters is here in the United States. Russian President Putin seems to be worthy of commendation for acting forthrightly to prevent a US-Saudi style monopolistic gang of Terrorists from emerging in Russia.
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Needed: Big spenders, Feds, top Billionaries to fund basic technologies
There needs to be an organized componnant research effort,rotating HD substitue, LCD substitue, Basic internet software designed for Arpnet's sdtrusted users, a new Unix substitute designed from a clean slate by Berkley Computer Science Department, A better idea of an educational sysstem, when and what to teach, probably based on some Montessosri's Obsservations, which allows the poorly educated to teach the very young, New Telecourses Nation and even world wide, to overcome shortage of energetic, knowledgeable, High IQ teachers to go around, new WWII type GI Bills for all Patriotic young people plus revival of Eisenhower's National Defense Education Act, elimation by exposure of Kant's Atheistic neo-Platonism and Philo's Theistic neo-Platonism, to act as a sort of vaccine, to eliminate the most deadly Pandemic of mankind, neo-Platonism, from the world scene. USAs Social Security as a model to eliminate female infanticide, USA's Medicaid/Medicare made Universal, as it is the world's most efficient Government Payee health care system. The USA and State Departments of Labor test people mentally and lphysically to see what occupations are open to them and what they might find eaisest, most suitable and most satisfying, and have them start testing children in school, to better guide the children, each according to strengths and weaknessess. And email copies of each person's posting to them, as a curtesy, and make sure no high I.Q.s go undeveloped and unused. Mandate the adoption of the
Texaco Controlled Combustion Cycle for all gasoline engines and the companion Mann Controlled Copmbustion Cycle for diesel engines, so as to eliminate the gigantic refineries which over refine crude oil, using one half to highly refine the other half to achieve high octanes and high cetanes, which are unnecessary. The US Army uses the Mann Diesel controlled combusstion Cycle, uses small refineries, which can be placed anywhere, and whose products are sufficient to power all military diesels and aircraft. One economist noted that over the 30 year operiod from 1973 to 2003, the oil producers gained Seven Trillion Dollars above the natural clearing price, forcing an admitted 30 milllion USA abortions, perhaps more the US Govrnment wonn't admit to. Roe vs. Wade cleared the way on behalf of the oil producers. The US Supreme Court faked its investigation into the Assassination of John F. Kennedy who was giving orders to pull all the troops out of Vietnam, and the Supreme Court aided the Oil Producers in getting rid of President Richard Nixon, who wanted to cut crude oil for motor usage in half, by the methods mentioned here, and make all the mega-giant super refineries obselete, as they will be when all autos not using the Texaco CCC or the Mann Diesel CCC, are no longer on the road. It is evident that Sherman Anti-Trust Act was in-sufficient tobreak up monopolies in the Oil Production Industry World Wide, it has just gone under ground and is more powerful than ever. In 1896 the President of the Standard Oil Trust, fore runner of Exxon-Mobile and Texaco-Chevron, was confivicted of dyaniting a competitor's oil refinery and sent to New York's Sing Sing Prison for Two Years. This was an act of Terrorism, and those who were behind it were Terrorists then, Terrorists all along and Terrorists today, and will be Terrorists tomorrow, if the Possee Committatus Act is not repealed, allowing the full force of the National Security Apparatus to control the monopolists and terrorists. World Terrorism's headquarters is here in the United States. Russian President Putin seems to be worthy of commendation for acting forthrightly to prevent a US-Saudi style monopolistic gang of Terrorists from emerging in Russia.
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Suppressed Evidence
Accession Number : ADA031330
Title : A Performance Model for the Texaco Controlled Combustion, Stratified Charge Engine,
Corporate Author : TEXACO INC BEACON N Y TEXACO RESEARCH CENTER
Personal Author(s) : Jain,Bhag C. ; Keck,James C. ; Rife,Joe M.
Report Date : JAN 1976
Pagination or Media Count : 53
Abstract : A model has been developed to predict the performance of the Texaco Controlled Combustion, Stratified Charge Engine starting from engine geometry, fuel characteristics and the operation conditions. This performance model divides the engine cycle into the following phases: Intake, Compression, Rapid Combustion, Mixing - Dominated Expansion, Heat - Transfer Dominated Expansion and Exhaust. During the rapid combustion phase, the rate of heat release is assumed to be controlled by the rate of fuel injection and the gas-to-fuel ratio. Entrainment of the surrounding gas by the plume is assumed to be controlled by the turbulent eddy entrainment velocity. A plume geometry model has been developed to obtain the surface area of the plume for entrainment during the mixing dominated phase. The model also gives the wall areas in contact with the hot, burned gas plume and the relatively cold unburned gas for heat transfer calculations. Comparison of the model predictions with the available experimental data shows good agreement. In addition, the potential of the performance model as a design tool is demonstrated with a parametric analysis. (Author)
Descriptors : *INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES, COMPRESSION, HEAT TRANSFER, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, PARAMETRIC ANALYSIS, PREDICTIONS, MODELS, COMBUSTION, FUELS, GEOMETRY, THERMODYNAMIC CYCLES, MIXING, PLUMES, STRATIFICATION, FUEL INJECTION, EXHAUST GASES.
Subject Categories : RECIPROCATING AND ROTATING ENGINES
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE

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