Technicalities on the $100 laptop PC
The laptop might not satisfy power users or avid gamers, but it seems to have a lot going for it. It has a convertible design, is water-, dirt- and shock-resistant, and has no rotating hard drive, instead using flash ROM and a 1024 MiB SLC NAND flash controller. It has a 433 MHz x86-compatible CPU with 256M of dynamic RAM and a 1,200-x-900 resolution 7.5-inch dual-mode TFT display. It has a built-in camera and music and graphics software, in addition to a word processor and browser, and weighs either 3.2 pounds or 3.5 pounds, depending on which battery is inside. The XO uses about one-tenth the power of a typical laptop and can be powered by battery, solar power or a hand crank. Not bad for $200. And like most computer products, the price will likely come down over time: OLPC expects to hit the $100 mark by 2009.
Kevin McCaney is the executive editor of GCN. Follow him on Twitter: @KevinMcCaney.