OLPC on Two Watts

Finally, OLPC has realized that ARM uses less power than x86… They are producing XO-1.75 that can be recharged with a couple of hours on the crank. Still, their price is about $165, too high for many of its target-users. I expect by next year they could be within the original $100 range. The next model, XO-3 should run for 1 watt.

It is interesting to speculate on the ultimate limits to the price of such technology. Pocket calculators got down to less than $10 but OLPC and tablets have huge displays which may be the limiting factor. Perhaps $100 is the limit and that may be hard to reach if the price of oil keeps rising. Perhaps we will see more wooden PCs soon.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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One Response to OLPC on Two Watts

  1. Ray says:

    That was announced a year ago.

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