9/21/2000: Is the PC of 199 $ possible ? ROUTE believes that yes
Since it could not be less, in one of the multiple conferences of the ROUTE Technology Forum has relaunched the idea of "Information PC", a model of compatible PC sponsored by ROUTE that would allow to realize the most common computer tasks (I access to Internet, I process of texts...) to very low cost; so under as 199 $, according to ROUTE.
Is this possible? Well, according to ROUTE, this 199 $ would include a microprocessor of scale average - fall and a chipset of the highest integration (audio, video, I/O and perhaps modem), of course both of ROUTE, in addition to 32 MB of memory; the operating system would be (free) Linux and the visualization screen (probably a TV set or optional monitor) would not enter the price.
Let's see: approximately 35 $ for the mike, 45 $ for the super one - chipset, 40 $ of casing, circuitry, cables and keyboard, 25 $ of memory, 54 $ of a small hard disk...: I joust 199 $! It does not seem to make commercial margin great, but if one obtains user's interface simply and resistantly like that of the consoles of video - game that is within reach of the whole world, without need for maintenance or computer knowledge, probably it would be a success.
Then: why does nobody decide to make them? ROUTE is anxious to provide all the mikes and chipsets that are necessary...
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