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Intel designs PC platform for rural communities in India

Posted: 31 Mar 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:K.C. Krishnadas 

Intel Corp. launched what it describes as a PC platform specifically meant to meet the needs of rural communities in India. This Intel-powered "community PC platform" can operate in a community setting, adjusting to varying environmental conditions in the country.

The company also announced its "Jagruti" (awakening) initiative meant to provide rural communities in the country with more economic and social opportunities by collaborating with leaders in business, government, education, online services and Internet service providers. The programme supports the spread of rural internet kiosks based on the new Intel-powered community PC. These kiosks will help accelerate access to the benefits of information and communications technologies in villages across India.

The community PC platform was defined by Intel after studies in rural India showed a strong desire for technology access exists in remote rural communities. Unfortunately, weather conditions and unreliable power sources can compromise conventional PCs used in such environments.

The platform's features include a ruggedized chassis designed to withstand dusty conditions, varying temperatures and high humidity, with a removable dust filter and integrated air fan to regulate the temperature of the motherboard. The chassis is designed to keep the motherboard cool at temperatures as high as 45°C and the PC resistant to humidity levels of 70-to-85RH. The total power consumption of all peripherals is less than 100W.

- K.C. Krishnadas
EE Times

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