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Friday, July 23, 2010

India develops solar powered touchscreen laptop at less than $35

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As a part of the national initiative to take forward inclusive education the MHRD annouced today the launch of "Sakshat" a computing device capable of running on solar power at meagre $35 or approx Rs.1500.

The gadget has been developed by the elite Indian Institute of Technology and the Indian Institute of Science, as a part of the initiative to give students a better education and technical skills needed to boost India's economic growth.Morover, the device is capable of being run on solar power which is a good news for environment enthusiasts too.
The first users are expected to be university students with introduction of the Linux-based computing device targeted for next year.

Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal unveils the low cost computing-cum-access device in New Delhi 

The configuration of sakshat laptop or the computing device is as under:

  • 2 GB of Memory
  • Wi-Fi enabled
  • Fixed Ethernet capability
  • Simple version of Linux open source software
  • 2 Watts of power consumption

Sibal said the cost of the motherboard, chip, processing and other components cost a total of around 35 dollars but the government may subsidise 50 percent of the price for students.
Sibal said the government, which hopes the cost of the device can eventually fall to 10 dollars, is in discussions with global manufacturers to start mass production of the device.
India, with its 64 percent literacy rate (according to Census 2001) lags far behind many other developing nations, such as China with 94 percent, is making revolutionary efforts to improve the same.

Key Words: Sakshat, economic growth, computing device,global manufacturers

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