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Intel to make available low-cost, hi-tech PCs

The PCs would be available in 60 days and would be priced 20% less than the present lowest priced PC.

india Updated: May 23, 2006 13:29 IST

Aimed at bridging the digital divide in emerging markets, Intel Corporation on Tuesday announced new initiatives, including making available low-cost, fully featured desktop computers in India.

Intel would bring its "Discover the PC Initiative" to India, working with HCL, Millennium, PCS, Wipro and Zenith Computers to make available the high quality desk-top PCs with easy-to-use interface, Intel Corporation President and CEO Paul S Otellini told reporters in Bangalore.

The PCs would be available in 60 days and would be priced 20 per cent less than the present lowest priced feature-rich Intel-based PCs in India, he said.

Otellini, on his first visit to India as President and CEO, also announced that Intel would collaborate with ICICI Bank to facilitate loans for buying PCs.

Intel, he said, would also work closely with Tata VSNL to bring PC solutions and WiMax wireless broadband connectivity to RailTel cyber cafes across India, which would help thousands of people passing through railway stations each day.

Also, small, affordable and rugged learning devices for students based on Intel's platform -- code-named Eduwise -- would be available in India next year. The Intel-powered PC is specifically designed to provide collaborative learning environments for teachers and students in developing nations.

The steps were part of Intel's $1 billion 'World Ahead Program'. It aims at "spreading our progress in making technology available to the next billion people, and a big part of this effort is focussed within India, for India," Otellini said.

"By working with India's business and government leaders, and developing technology locally, we want to create a sustainable environment that offers the right tools to meet the needs of local communities," Otellini said.

India was one of the key countries to be covered by World Ahead Program, he said.

He said the programme integrates Intel's efforts to drive progress in the areas of accessibility, connectivity and education.

In terms of accessibility, opportunities would be created for widespread ownership and shared access of PCs through affordability, access and content, including development of fully featured, affordable PCs tailored to regional needs.

On connectivity, he said the programme aimed at expanding wireless broadband internet access by cultivating the required ecosystems and encouraging deployment, including the broad promotion of WiMAX trials and deployments.

The education aspect related to preparing students for success in the global economy through education programmes and resources, including professional deployment of teachers worldwide, Otellini said.

Intel Corporation had last year announced $1 billion investment in India for expanding its R and D, venture capital activities and education and community programmes during the next five years.