Taipei, Wednesday, June 1, 2016 02:32 (GMT+8)
thunderstorms
Taipei
29°C
OLPC announces next generation of XO notebook
Press release, May 22; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Thursday 22 May 2008]

One Laptop per Child (OLPC) announced that work is already underway on a second- generation version of its XO notebook computer. Leveraging new advances in technology, the primary goal of the XO-2 will be to advance new concepts of learning as well as to further drive down the cost of the laptop so that it is affordable for volume purchase by developing nations, according to OLPC.

The first generation XO notebook went into production in early November 2007, and there are approximately 600,000 units in deployment in a number of countries including Peru, Uruguay, Mongolia, Haiti, Rwanda, Mexico, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the US and Canada.

Set in early 2005, the original target price of the XO notebook was US$100. Although that target has not yet been met, it is clear that OLPC must aim for an even lower target price of US$75. New developments in display, processor and other hardware and software technologies will make it possible to achieve the US$75 target in the future, noted the organization.

While the first generation XO notebook already requires just one-tenth of the electrical power necessary to run a standard notebook, the XO-2 will reduce power consumption even further to one watt. This is particularly important for children in remote and rural environments where electricity is scarce or non-existent. Lowering the power consumption will reduce the amount of time required for children to generate power themselves via a hand crank or other manual mechanisms.

The XO-2 notebook will be about half the size of the first generation device and will approximate the size of a book. The new design will make the XO notebook lighter and easier for children to carry with them to and from school or wherever they go. The XO-2 will continue to be in a green and white case and sport the XO logo in a multitude of colors that allow children to personalize the notebook as their own possession.

Dual-touch sensitive displays will be used to enhance the e-book experience, with a dual-mode display similar to the current XO notebook. The design provides a right and left page in vertical format, a hinged notebook in horizontal format, and a flat two-screen wide continuous surface that can be used in tablet mode. Younger children will be able to use simple keyboards to get going, and older children will be able to switch between keyboards customized for applications as well as for multiple languages. The dual-touch display is being designed by Pixel Qi, which was founded in early 2008 by Mary Lou Jepsen, former chief technology officer of One Laptop per Children and a leading expert on display technology.

Availability of the XO-2 is planned for delivery in 2010. XO-1.5 will be released in the spring of 2009 with the same design as the first generation but with fewer physical parts and at a lower cost than XO-1.

OLPC XO-2 notebook

OLPC XO-2 notebook
Photo: Business Wire

Categories: IT + CE Portable

Topics: Hot Systems

Realtime news
  • Taiwan ultra-thin heat-pipe makers under price cut pressure

    IT + CE | 6h ago

  • Qualcomm expands Snapdragon Wear lineup with offering for targeted-purpose wearables

    Bits + chips | 6h 13min ago

  • Insyde launches UEFI BIOS for Windows 10 Anniversary Update

    Before Going to Press | 5h 43min ago

  • Digitimes Research: TFT-LCD material makers step into smart windows

    Before Going to Press | 5h 44min ago

  • HTC to spin off VR business unit in 3Q16

    Before Going to Press | 5h 59min ago

  • Inotera buys equipment from Tokyo Seimitsu

    Before Going to Press | 6h 10min ago

  • MOEA gives green light to Foxconn stake investment in Sharp

    Before Going to Press | 6h 22min ago

  • Brazil market: Xiaomi recalls handset team, to not introduce new models temporarily

    Before Going to Press | 6h 26min ago

  • Tons Lightology shareholders approve 2015 dividend of NT$3

    Before Going to Press | 6h 35min ago

  • Computex 2016: Dell launches new notebooks and desktops in Taiwan

    Before Going to Press | 6h 35min ago

  • Elan fingerprint sensor shipments to reach 2 million units in 3Q16

    Before Going to Press | 6h 36min ago

  • Computex 2016: ITRI showcasing UV-C LED sanitizer

    Before Going to Press | 6h 49min ago

  • Taiwan ranks 14th in 2016 IMD world competitiveness

    Before Going to Press | 6h 50min ago

  • Panasonic to stop production of LCD TV panels in Japan, say reports

    Before Going to Press | 6h 52min ago

  • China market: Demand for TFT-LCD materials in 2015 estimated at nearly 250 tons, says Sigmaintell

    Before Going to Press | 6h 53min ago

  • CMC Magnetics obtains optical disc orders booking capacity until end of 2016

    Before Going to Press | 6h 54min ago

Pause
 | 
View more
Gigabyte
Display panels for wearable devices
The transition to 4k TV - UHD TV market forecast, 2014-2017
  • Wireless broadband developments in Southeast Asia markets

    As of 2013, the 10 ASEAN nations had a total of over 700 million mobile subscriptions, with the CAGR from 2003-2013 reaching 24%. This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the various mobile broadband markets in ASEAN and looks at the respective trends in 4G LTE development for those markets.

  • 2015 global tablet demand forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report provides a 2015 forecast for the global tablet market and analyzes the strategies of key market players such as Google, Apple, Intel, and Microsoft.

  • 2015 China smartphone panel trend forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the strategies of key China-based major panel makers BOE, Tianma and IVO for attacking the different market segments through technology and pricing, and their relationship to local vendors Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, Xiaomi and Coolpad.