I read in this week's EE Times that AMD is hot on the trail of a nascent market for low-cost PCs in developing countries.
See AMD takes new road to PCs for developing countries.
I think it is a great thing that AMD is doing this but Where's the wireless?
Without a connection to the outside world, PCs have limited value to say the least. Even when the PC was a relatively new thing in developed countries, modems at home and WLANs in the office quickly became a near necessity.
But since developing countriesas everybody knowsdo not have a wired infrastructure, so let's not jump on the cheap-PCs-for-everyone bandwagon until we have the comms challenge addressed as well.
Sometimes small, idealistic companies are way out in front of the big boys in developing this sort of technology. Back in September of this year, I paid a visit to an open-air symposium sponsored by non-profits that addressed both low cost PCs and the network needed to connect them.
See Disaster response done right.
The people there had some nice things to say about AMD and its Geode chip, by the way. In a situation like this one, where technology can help make the difference between life and death, everybody is welcome.