Intel presented a new rugged PC for developing countries designed to endure harsh climates, intermittent electricity, dust and bugs while accessing the Internet wirelessly. This computer fits in the company's new strategy to address unique geographic and individual technology needs in all parts of the world.
On stage and via video from India at the Intel Developer Forum today, the Intel-based PC, or "community computer," is meant to provide Internet access to entire communities and villages in rural and remote areas. Through use of a car battery, the computer has a back-up energy supply in case electricity supply is sporadic and contains special screens and filters to reduce the amount of dust and insects that might enter the box and cause reliability issues. The computer has also been designed to handle extreme heat that exceeds 100 degrees Fahrenheit (more than 38 degrees Celsius).
The demonstration PC also linked to the Internet via a WiMAX wireless network. WiMAX, short for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, is a standards-based wireless broadband technology that can provide high-speed Internet connections to homes, communities, businesses and mobile wireless networks across many miles, making it an ideal way to unwire entire communities and cities.
Intel neither confirmed if or when the concept platform might be developed by local PC makers in India or elsewhere, nor provided any other details.