Five years after the concept was first proposed, the so-called $100 laptop is poised to go into mass production.
Hardware suppliers have been given the green light to ramp-up production of all of the components needed to build millions of the low-cost machines.
“There’s still some software to write, but this is a big step for us,” Walter Bender, head of software development at One Laptop per Child (OLPC)”.
The final design will bring together more than 800 parts from multiple suppliers such as chip-maker AMD, which supplies the low-power processor at the heart of the machine.
“This is the moment we have all been waiting for,” Gustavo Arenas of AMD told the BBC News website.
“We certainly believe very strongly in the mission and vision of OLPC so finally starting to see it come to fruition is not only gratifying, it is also rewarding.”
Test machines, on which the final design is based, are currently being put through their paces by OLPC.
“We keep laptops in the oven at 50 degrees and they keep on running,” said Professor Bender. source